Bob Marley's old band gives out the irie feeling on Sunday
The legendary Wailers took the stage in Denver on Sunday night. The beanies were full of dreads, the Bob Marley t-shirts were a plenty, and Colorado's dispensaries most likely made a killing prior to the show.
The band, who backed the great Bob Marley in the old days, have taken to the road again, this time playing the album "Uprising" in its entirety, which is the last studio album that Bob Marley ever recorded with the band before his death in 1981. The band has gone through a myriad of different members, but the lineup for the Denver show included Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who was one of the bassists to play with Marley in the late 70's.
There was no doubt that the reggae vibe was in the air, and the venue was well aware of this, with no sort of barricade in the front of the house as well as minimal security for the show. The Wailers brought two openers to warm up the crowd with Tomorrow's Bad Seeds and Duane Stephenson opening. Tomorrow's Bad Seeds were up first, showcasing well crafted reggae, and infusing a bit of harder rock at times. Duane Stephenson and company, who are straight from Jamaica continued the good vibes and kept the crowd dancing. The band most likely wasn't used to the mildly cold temperatures in Denver, with a few of them wearing winter jackets on stage.
The Wailers finally took the spotlight, and as promised jumped right into playing "Uprising" in it's entirety. The performance was a solid one, with the band playing the songs that are recognized as Marley's most spiritual songs, referencing many Rastafarian beliefs. It was a perfect night and a perfect vibe for reggae lovers. — Josh Barrett