Tonight! Julian Marley at Culture Room

It can be difficult to keep track of all the musical offspring of

super-fertile reggae king Bob Marley.

Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, and Damian have each carved out their unique

notches in their reggae family tree. Julian, elder only to Damian,

creates music true to the traditional roots reggae legacy of his father

more so than his siblings but incorporates R&B, hip-hop, and

dancehall elements as well. In sum, accessible to the trimmed and

dreaded alike.

His latest release, 2009's Awake (recorded in Miami and


is filled with spiritually and socially conscious tracks strong enough

to enlighten the sleepiest of dorm room stoners. The production is

polished, placing it on the poppy side of the reggae spectrum. Older

brother Stephen, who is Awake's executive producer, earned two


for work on brother Damian's albums, in addition to his four others as

an artist. As a performer, Julian has toured the world with his band the

Uprising. His stop in South Florida this month comes on the heels of

gigs in Australia, Jamaica,

and Los Angeles just this year.

Julian Marley, with Fourth

Dimension and Funk Dirty, at 8 p.m. Friday,

March 26, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale,

Tickets cost $19.99. 954-564-1074; click here.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Travis Newbill