|Friday, November 19|
You know someone is a profoundly influential artist when one of their songs provides a name for an entire musical genre. And so it was that Toots & the Maytals‘ 1968 hit “Do The Reggay” gave a moniker to a Jamaican musical style that would soon spread throughout the world.Toots Hibbert, whose career dates back to the ska days of the early 1960s, has always leaned toward lively, celebratory reggae sounds. His raspy pipes and exuberant delivery rival the best soul singers of all time, whatever the genre. Toots & the Maytals’ signature songs include “Pressure Drop,” “Sweet and Dandy,” “Monkey Man” and “54-46 was My Number,” titled after Toots’ cell number when, beginning in 1966, he spent 18 months in jail for marijuana possession.
Although Toots has been in the game a long time, he still puts on lively concerts befitting a man half his age.
In a welcome diversion, Toots brings along an opening act not plucked from the reggae ranks. Atlanta’s The Constellations play a trippy mixture of funk, hip-hop and ghetto-tech. To our ears, they sound kinda Beck-ish.