In the late 1970s, Jimmy Cliff was considered a relative lightweight compared with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, whose music often was more overtly political and spiritually momentous. But Cliff's songs have endured and now are considered reggae standards. The Jamaican singer was, of course, the star of the classic 1972 film The Harder They Come, and his contributions to the soundtrack have become iconic, often-covered anthems, particularly the title track and the world-weary yet ever-hopeful ballad “Many Rivers to Cross.” On his most recent album, 2012's Rebirth, Cliff collaborates with Rancid's Tim Armstrong and puts his sweetly yearning vocal delivery to work on The Clash's “Guns of Brixton.” Tonight's bill includes the “Boombastic” party-time crooning of Shaggy and the dancehall stylings of former Black Uhuru vocalist Don Carlos.
Sun., July 20, 7 p.m., 2014
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