Today, Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, sparking celebrations that reach all the way to the Twin Cities! This week, there are several musical events taking place in Minneapolis that commemorate Jamaican music and the world-wide impact it has made.
TONIGHT (Monday, Aug. 6th)
BA BA BOOM — featuring DJs Paul Harding and Aaron Porter
King & I Thai (1346 La Salle Ave S, Mpls)
9pm, 21+, No Cover
DJs will be spinning sets of all-Jamaican vinyl, including rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall, and dub
Wednesday, August 8th
Mighty Heptones and Ken Boothe
Epic (110 5th St N, Mpls)
8pm, 21+, $25
Authentic Jamaican food and drink will be served!
The Mighty Heptones are a reggae and rocksteady vocal group prevalent in Jamaica in the late 60′s and early 70′s
Ken Boothe is an accomplished Jamaican Studio One artist, coming to prominence in the early days of reggae and rocksteady. His song “Artibella” was recently generously sampled by Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) on his latest single “La La La”
Saturday, August 11th
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
First Ave Mainroom
6pm, 18+, $25
Long-running Boston skacore band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are returning to First Ave after a decade-long absence. The band draws heavily from Jamaican ska music and blends it with gritty Boston punk rock, but the band hasn’t forgotten their roots. Their song “Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker” is an ode to the ska pioneers of Jamaica.
Hope to see you at one of these events, you just might come away with a greater appreciation for Jamaica and its greatest cultural contribution…the music!