|Sunday, July 25|
Please note new times: Doors @ 6:30, live music @ 7:30
The Ford Fiesta Little Big Tour stops by during this show. You can enter sweepstakes to win one.
AllMusic calls Beres Hammond “one of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time.” That may be true, but around here we’ve definitely appreciated the deeply soulful singer whose styles encompass socially conscious roots, rocksteady, lovers rock, dancehall, hip-hop crossover and straight-up R&B.
Raised in St. Mary, Jamaica, Hammond — born Hugh Beresford Hammond — fell in love with American rhythm & blues by the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, but also by the rising genres of his native lands, ska and rocksteady.
Beresford’s career ascended rapidly in the 1990s, when he became an international star and a fixture on the reggae festival scene. He has maintained his success by putting on feel-good shows with lilting beats and luscious hooks delivered in his expressive voice with just the right measure of bluesy rasp.
Hammond’s “For the Love of It” tour features a stellar cast of reggae acts, including Island-music fixtures, the harmony-rich Inner Circle and deep-consciousness band Culture featuring Kenyatta. Also on the bill: Lenya Wilkes, DJ Kirky C and DJ Inferno.
Beres Hammond’s “For the Love of It” show starts at 8 p.m. (doors at 7). After June 7, tickets are $30 advance/$35 day of show.