The gig marked the reggae legends’ first concert in Virginia since “Toots” Hibbert was since he was struck in the head with a vodka bottle during a Richmond concert in 2013.
“It was a horrible thing. I suffered a lot,” Hibbert recently told Rolling Stone of the incident, which left him with both physical and emotional damage and forced him into a three-year hiatus. “Those years were not so good. Depressed, can’t work, losing my living.” However, the reggae act has returned with a U.S. tour and over 200 new songs in the can.
Earlier in the day, Toots & the Maytals unveiled a new song titled “A Song Call Marley,” a tribute to Hibbert’s friend Bob Marley and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reggae genre.
The jam band-minded Lockn’ Festival continues throughout the weekend, with Dead & Company scheduled to headline both Saturday and Sunday night; the latter performance will feature the return of saxophonist and Grateful Dead collaborator Branford Marsalis. Sheryl Crown, Tedeschi Trucks Band and an all-star 50th anniversary celebration of the Meters is also on the lineup.