MUSIC BOX: Wailers mark Garter’s 1-year anniversary

By on March 6, 2013

The world’s most storied reggae band will usher in a significant milestone in the timeline of our local music scene—the revival and one-year anniversary of the Pink Garter Theatre and its sweet sister bar, The Rose.

Also momentous is the addition of vocalist Danglin (Dwayne Anglin to his mother) to The Wailers’ lineup. By my calculations, The Wailers last show in the Tetons was Jan. 13, 2007, at the Mangy Moose. Around 2010, The Wailers began alternating 30-year-old Danglin with vocalist Koolant Brown, sometimes even staging both singers. During its heyday, and up until Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers toured with at least 10 members, including three backup vocalists (the “I Threes”). The six-piece lineup that we’ll see will include Danglin, backup vocalist Cegee Victory, and original Wailers bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett.

“It’s one thing to sing along with Bob on the records when he’s singing, but the pressure is in the fact that the audience knows every word, even the ad-libs,” Danglin told The Province last month. “It’s so funny. Sometimes you’re singing and you’re not always going to sing the ad-libs, but they sing it for you. That just tells me how much they actually know these songs, line for line and word for word. It’s amazing.”

Adding to the astonishing stat of 250 million albums sold, the world impact of The Wailers’ career extends even further outside of Marley’s legendary shadow. The band has also played with Sting, The Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear.

The recent Grammy Awards performance and Marley tribute that was fronted by sons Ziggy and Damien, Sting, and Bruno Mars have set the charts ablaze all over again. Bob Marley and the Wailers‘ album Legend jumped from No. 99 to 34 in Albums, returned to No. 13 in Digital Albums, and currently tops the Catalog Albums chart.

The Wailers, 8 p.m., Thursday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $20 advance, $25 day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s or

Take it to the B-Side

The B-Side players are compelling in a similiar fashion to that of Michael Franti and Spearhead, with more grit and unrehearsed moments of zen driven by polyrhythmic groove and a worldly musical language. Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil all have stamps on their sound, dropping funk, rock, jazz, Cumbia, Salsa, and Boogalo into the mix. Nine-members strong, this is energy to be harvested on the dancefloor.

B-Side Players, 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $12 per night or $20 for both nights at or 208-787-2866.

Booty call: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. CREDIT: Courtesy

Booty call: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.
CREDIT: Courtesy

Yo Mama’s Booty

What?! You talkin’ about my mama’s booty? Nah, I’m talkin’ about Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. As I spin the band’s sophomore release, Doin’ it Hard, it’s impressive how its sound has refined and matured, especially rhythmically and arrangement-wise. It’s one thing to be funky, but heavy funk with double-times and intricate horn layering is definitely something that would make one’s mama shake it—embarassingly hard. They also aren’t scared to go into galactica land a la Michael Ray and The Cosmic Krewe.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Town Square Tavern. $10. 733-3886. 

Spring Break Cure

Bozeman’s Cure for the Common will make its debut stop in Teton Village with a progressive jamband vibe, breathing Montana air with a funk-rock approach that spreads hip-hop, reggae and dance music with 20-something flare. Sometimes adorned with a horn section, the trimmed-down quintet has gained traction in the Montana region, moving from a basement concept to a handful of festival stages. I have a feeling the valley will be seeing more of this talented band.

Cure for the Common, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $7.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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