Thursday November 1, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Reggae legends Toots and the May tals, led by Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, will perform an un plugged acoustic concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Cen ter on Sunday at 7 p.m.

"We can't wait for an amazing night of reggae and ska at the Mahaiwe during this 50th anni versary. We anticipate a lot of dancing in the aisles," said Ma haiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; his career spans every development in Jamaican music from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music, setting new standards and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica's groups. Toots and The Maytals have been working together since the 1960s and are even credited with having coined the term reggae on their 1968 single "Do The Reggay."

The band won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.

Toots and the Maytals re mains a relevant influence on today's global music scene with artists from Amy Wine house to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Toots received another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release Light Your Light.


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In recent years, Toots has toured with The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and Los Lonely Boys.

For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call (413) 528-0100.