Concerts

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

Kingston),

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

Grammys

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.

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