In the days of the British Invasion, it was the Beatles and the Stones. In the days of early Jamaican reggae, it was Bob Marley and Toots Hibbert. OK, it may not seem that way now — Marley's posthumous fame has dwarfed that of the very-much-alive Hibbert, who has been fronting the Maytals since the days of '60s Jamaican ska. As the flip side of Marley's pop-rock-influenced flavor, Toots' music pulses with strong undercurrents of American gospel and soul. If you've ever had more than a passing interest in reggae, you've heard classics like "54-46 That's My Number," "Never You Change," or "Pressure Drop." And if you haven't, go hear them now, from the mouth of the master himself, while you still can. He was just here a few months ago at Langerado playing for all the hippies, but expect him to open up his catalog this time for a more traditional roots show

Toots and the Maytals perform Saturday, May 5, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $24.99. Call 954-564-1074, or visit

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