Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wailers at World Cafe Live, American Babies at Johnny Brenda’s

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Legendary reggae group The Wailers will perform Bob Marley’s 1979 album Survival in-full at World Cafe Live tonight.  The release of Survival followed criticism of Marley’s previous record Kaya for being too easy-going and non-influential in subject, which may have played a part in Survival‘s unmistakable call-to-action message for African unity.  Since Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers have performed with Sting, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and others, with bass player Aston “Family Man” Barrett leading the group alongside singer Koolant.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with special guest and Wailers historian Roger Steffens can be found here.  Below, watch The Wailers perform “Zimbabwe” from Survival with Bob Marley.

Philadelphia roots / rock outfit American Babies play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The four-piece band is the musical vehicle for singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Hamilton of electronic / rock group Brothers Past.  After becoming disillusioned with the inner-workings of band life, Hamilton struck out on his own and surrounded himself with a group of like-minded musicians to record American Babies’ self-titled debut in 2008.  In more recent years, he has found a steady band line-up with local friends and recorded the noteworthy 2011 record Flawed Logic.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with headliners Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social can be found here.  Watch American Babies’ video for “Dance All Night” below.