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Maxi Priest at Apollo, Etana at SOBs & Black-Am-I at BB Kings

SAT NOV 29 – MAXI PRIEST
One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert w/ The Wailers and Third World
@ Apollo Theater (253 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027)
Showtime: 8PM AND 11PM
Tickets: $65, $45, $35 Premium Center Orchestra: $80

ABOUT MAXI PRIEST:

With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”) – the most successful solo act in British reggae history Maxi Priest continues to hit the road throughout the fall and winter in support of his first studio album in almost a decade Easy To Love (VP Records). Easy To Love is a fine representation of pop, reggae and R&B blended together in one set. The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another. The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Maxi continues to tug on women’s heartstrings with irresistible tributes of enduring affection on “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday” and his rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity” (which recently premiered on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy). PURCHASE Maxi Priest’s Easy To Love now via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EasyToLoveUS

TOUR DATES:
Nov 29 @ ONE LOVE! A BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT in New York, NY
Dec 11@ Howard Theatre in Washington, DC
Dec 13 @ ONE Caribbean Music & Culture Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL

“warm enjoyable collection of reggae, suited for summer chill-out sessions…should appeal to R&B fans just as much as it appeals to Priest’s reggae core” – ABC NEWS

“smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul…quality needed to bust the charts” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Maxi hit his groove…music that soothed the soul” – HUFFINGTON POST

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NOV 23 – BLACK-AM-I
@ BB Kings (237 West 42nd Street)
Ph: (212)-997-4144
All ages / Doors: 7pm, Show: 9pm / ADV: $20 – DOS: $25

ABOUT BLACK-AM-I

The newest recruit on the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International label Black-Am-I teams up with I Wayne, one of today’s most pivotal figures in roots reggae, on the I&I Tour that spans over 30 cities across the United States throughout October and November 2014. This past summer, the culturally-inclined reggae singjay performed as one of the opening acts for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, performing at large scale music events such as the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, CA. Along with embarking on the I & I U.S. Tour 2014, Black-Am-I performed on Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise on Oct 20, 2014. Black-Am-I was born Owen Davis on Nov. 17, 1984 in Nine Mile, JA, the birthplace of reggae icon Bob Marley. In honor of Robert Nesta Marley, Black-Am-I received the nickname I-Nesta from his father. He began writing lyrics at age 16 and recorded his first demo CD in 2005. He derived his moniker from his song “Black-Am-I” the first track he recorded for Damian and Ghetto Youths International. The song promotes black pride, solidarity and self-determination. “The song says that I am black and I won’t be doing certain things like bleaching my skin; and I will stick to my roots and culture,” said Black-Am-I. Other notable tracks by Black-Am-I include “Modern Day Freedom” and “Sound System.” His influences include Bob Marley, Damian Marley as well as fiery roots reggae artists like Tarrus Riley Sizzla Kolonji, Jah Mason and Jah Cure. Black-Am-I recently dropped his new single “In The Ghetto,” which will be available on the upcoming compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2.

REMAINING TOUR DATES
12-Nov in KANSAS CITY, MO @ RECORD BAR
14-Nov in DALLAS, TX @ POOR DAVID’S
15-Nov in AUSTIN, TX @ CANTINA
16-Nov in HUNTSVILLE, AL @ CLUB 47
17-Nov in JOLIET, IL @ MOJOES
18-Nov in RALEIGH, NC @ THE POUR HOUSE
19-Nov VIRGINA BEACH, VA SHAKA’S
20-Nov in CHICAGO, IL @ WILD HARE
21-Nov in BROOKLYN, NY @ ALBANY MANOR
23-Nov in NEW YORK, NY @ BB KINGS
25-Nov in BALTIMORE, MD @ 8 x 10
26-Nov in PROVIDENCE, RI @ CLUB FETE
29-Nov in JACKSONVILLE, FL @ FREEBIRD
30-Nov in TAMPA, FL @ SUPA D


MONDAY NOV 17 – ETANA
@ SOBS (204 Varick)
Ph: 718-878-6323
Doors 7:30pm, Showtime: 10pm / ADV $15

ABOUT ETANA
Roots reggae singer-songwriter Etana strikes again. This week, her fourth studio album I Rise (Oct 28, VP) hits #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. She is one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position. I Rise, which is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Hunt’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career. Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction. Producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff) arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser. Watch videos for the new single “Richest Girl” (MTV Iggy premiere) and “Trigger.”

Remaining Tour Dates:
Nov 15 (Sat) in Orlando, FL @ Melanie Room
Nov 17 (Mon) @ SOBS in New York City, NY
Nov 20 (Thurs) @ Nuvo Lounge in Raleigh, NC
Nov 23 @ Troxy in London, UK
Nov 30 @ The Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec 6 @ Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados
Dec 13 @ Auckland Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand

“soulful style and thoughtful lyrics…one of the most respected women in reggae today.” – NPR TELL ME MORE

“keeping true to her socially conscious, vintage sound…would make Marley proud.” -EBONY

“…scorching soulful roots…fuses Bob Marley with India.Arie” – BBC

“mature and confident sound with top-notch lyrical content and unique vocals” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

“serene” – VIBE

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