The Wailers (performing Survival & more)
Aston "Family Man" Barrett - bass guitar
Performed with Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Hippy Boys, and Lee Perry's The Upsetters. Responsible for many, if not all, bass lines on Bob Marley's greatest hits, as well as having been active in co-producing Marley's albums and responsible for most overall song arrangements.
Keith Sterling - keyboards
Has performed with The Upsetters, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Word, Sound and Power, Sly and Robbie, Black Uhuru, Bunny Lee, Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Audley "Chizzy" Chisholm - guitar
Ernest "Drummie Zeb" Williams - drums
Koolant - lead vocals
Duane Stephenson - lead vocals
Kevin Davy aka Yvad - lead vocals
Aston Barrett, Jr. - organ
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.
Drummer Carlton “Carlie” Barrett died in 1987, leaving his brother as the main beneficiary of the Wailers' mantle. Subsequent line-ups have revolved around Family Man, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest bass players. Modest and unassuming, he was present on all of those unforgettable performances by Bob Marley & The Wailers from the seventies. Family Man continues to be the main axis of the current Wailers – a group that’s one of the last, great reggae institutions, yet which refuses to live off past glories. That’s because Family Man represents tried and trusted roots authenticity and, along with the Wailers, injects fresh excitement into a show that continues to attract enthusiastic audiences from around the world.
Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers – bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly – from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers – whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies’ reggae hits by other acts – assumed the title of Wailers, and backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they then partnered Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar.
Top Shotta Band
Top Shotta Band is Brooklyn's newest rockers/dub reggae outfit. Led by trumpeter/producer djMush1 (formerly of the Slackers & Murphy's Law & currently of Tunnel One Radio [WNYU 89.1fm NYC], Al Paragus HQ studios/When Dance Was Nice, and Hungry March Band), the band features a 4-pc horn section, a full 4-person riddum section, and two percussion players, as well as the inimitable Screechy Dan [original Big Yard/Shaggy Posse] on vocals. With a powerful, soaring, and versatile vocal style, at times invoking r&b/soul greats such as Frankie Lymon, Screechy Dan's vocals have taken Top Shotta Band to the next level.
Top Shotta hits the listener with a wall of sound, featuring horn-laden rockers reggae, wet with reverb, echo and DUB. Top Shotta Band features original instrumental and vocal music written by the band, and in addition, brings new life to classic riddums with inventive soloing and heavy percussion.
With the spontaneity of a jazz outfit, and featuring all danceable riddums, as well as one of Jamaica's greatest dancehall vocalists, each Top Shotta Band performance is a unique and one-time only event - come hear for yourself!