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

Photo by William Richards

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.

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Get to know local hip hop/reggae band I&I (playing Sellersville Theater Saturday)

I&I is a progressive hip hop group from Sellersville, PA. The three-piece group combines Imani Williams’ rap vocals with Daniel Faga on horns and drums and bassist/guitarist Ryan Chud’s reggae grooves using looping and sampling to create a sound much fuller than the sum of its parts. I&I is opening for the legendary Jamaican reggae band The Wailers at the Sellersville Theater Saturday, July 28th. The show starts at 8PM and are on sale for $33 here.The band is also headlining a 21+ show at The Fire on August 4th with support from Jo(h)n Band, Chalk & the Beige Americans, and Mike Brenner (of Slo-Mo).
The show starts at 9PM and I&I will be taking the stage around midnight. Tickets are $8.

Listen to I&I’s song “Anthem” off their self-titled EP in the player below.