Marley Sons Honor Bob

Family tour kicks off this weekend

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Who better to represent Bob Marley with a tour bearing his name than the reggae legend's sons? Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Damien and Ky-Mani Marley will kick off the Bob Marley Roots, Rock and Reggae Festival on August 7th in Portsmouth, Virginia. The sixteen-date trek, which also includes reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert and his band the Maytals, wraps on August 29th in Berkeley, California.

The tour marks the first time all five of Marley's musical sons have toured together, and the shows will be a family affair. "We'll be playing songs that we've written," Ziggy says. "And songs by our daddy." The Marleys will trade instruments on stage and serve up some of their father's classics including "Natty Dread" and "Could You Be Loved."

Reggae-tinged alt-rockers Slightly Stoopid and Looner will also be on the bill, with hip-hoppers Common and Nappy Roots also playing select dates. But it's Toots and the Maytals, who recently reunited for the all-star album One Love, that bridges the gap to reggae's earliest roots. "Toots is like a father to me," Ziggy says.

Bob Marley Roots, Rock and Reggae Festival tour dates:

8/7: Portsmouth, VA, NTELOS Pavilion
8/8: Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/10: Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
8/12: Boston, FleetBoston Pavilion
8/13: Trenton, NJ, Sovereign Bank Arena
8/14: Wilmington, DE, Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Amphitheater
8/15: Pittsfield, MA, Merkshire Music
8/17: Cleveland, Tower City Amphitheater
8/18: Rochester Hills, MI, Meadowbrook Music Festival
8/20: Chicago, Chill on Kingsbury Street
8/21: Riverside, MO, E.H. Young Riverfront Park
8/22: Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/24: Albuquerque, NM, Journal Pavilion
8/26: Mesa, AZ, Mesa Amphitheater
8/27: Los Angeles, Greek Theater
8/28: San Diego, San Diego Street Scene
8/29: Berkeley, Greek Theater