The Wailers, originally formed in 1963, are known for promoting peace, love and unity through their music, who were the original backing band of Bob Marley. The band is comprised of Aston Barrett (bass), Keith Sterling (keyboard), Aston Barrett Jr. (organ), Anthony Creary (drums), Audley Chisholm (lead guitar), Cegee Victory (vocals), Dwayne Anglin (vocals) and Melvin Glover (rhythm guitar). They hit the road in the beginning of 2015, celebrating their 30th anniversary and Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. They started their tour in California and made their way to Florida playing at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on February 11, 2015.
“One Love! One Heart! Let’s get together and feel alright.”
The crowd may have been a bit small, but spirits and hearts were so big it filled the room. Fans of all ages traveled from around Florida and nearby states to come together, “to share one love, one heart.” Some of the fans have followed the Wailers and will continue to follow them on the rest of their tour. A 10-year-old, named Lilly, was very excited and was front row and ready to experience her first concert with her aunt by her side. Her aunt shared her excitement by teaching her all about concerts and the history behind the band. Lilly was able to run around and view the band from every vantage point, stage right, stage left, on top of chairs — this duo was unstoppable and full of energy.
The Wailers opened up with an instrumental version of the classical song, “Norwegian Wood,” written by John Lennon … pulling the crowd in and getting them ready for an intimate show. The band then began playing some of their most memorable songs, “Is This Love,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “Redemption Song” plus many more. The crowd responded by singing along with their favorite songs. When the band left the stage, the fans began their cheering. Lilly learned how the hooting and hollering is the audience’s way to get the band back out for an encore. She joined in, and before you knew it, we were in a four-song encore. By the end of the show, fans were able to meet some of the artists and some received set lists from that night’s show.
If you were not able to make the show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, they will be coming back for the “Slide Into Spring Festival” on March 28 and 29 in Fernandina Beach. For more information on the festival and other bands attending, you can go to: http://www.goincoastalmusic.com/upcoming-events/slide-into-spring/
Norwegian Wood, Is this Love, No Woman, No Cry, Could You Be Loved, Three Little Birds, Buffalo Soldier, Get Up, Stand Up, Stir It Up, One Love, Sheriff, Waiting In Vain, Rock The Boat, Jammin Encore:Redemption Song, So Much Trouble In the World, Punky Reggae Party
Opening for the Wailers that night was a high energy, local Jacksonville, Florida Reggae band called 418. They will be kicking off the reggae season on March 1, down in St. Augustine at the conch house at 3 p.m. So come on down and boogie on with us. https://www.facebook.com/pages/418-Band/126572710692931