Although Bob Marley's meteoric career was cut short by a bout with cancer in 1981, his legacy lives on in the Wailers, the band he helped found in the late '60s and later fronted for much of his career. Few groups would have such an indelible impact, given the fact that their influence helped chart the course of reggae music for the next 30 years. A combination of grooves and ganja yielded a lengthy array of hits that would storm the international charts "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman No Cry," and "One Love/People Get Ready" being but a few. Resurrected under the auspices of charter members Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Earl "Wya" Lindo (along with Marley's longtime lead guitarist, Al Anderson), the band remains as committed as ever to roots 'n' rhythm. This special New Year's Eve performance may be more about splits than spliffs (theoretically, anyway), but there's no doubt that the Wailers will to borrow the title of one of their better-known albums catch a fire and light up the party in the process.
The Wailers headline a special New Year's Eve celebration Sunday, December 31, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $55 to $70 for a basic package and $250 for a VIP package. Call 954-727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net.