Stephen Marley @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay

with special guest Hirie

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Sat Jun 11

Stephen Marley @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay

with special guest Hirie

Doors: 6:30 pm
Start: 7:30 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

THIS SHOW IS AT HUMPHREY'S CONCERTS BY THE BAY.

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Genre: reggae


Ticket Price: $45


THIS SHOW IS AT HUMPHREY'S CONCERTS BY THE BAY


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Stephen Marley

Eight-time Grammy award winning singer, musician and producer Stephen Marley is a true pioneer of reggae music. The second son of music icons Bob and Rita Marley, Stephen is a legend in his own right, producing a robust collection of prolific music that infuses reggae with hip hop, soul, jazz, doo-wop and much more.

He began his career at the ripe age of six—singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in The Melody Makers. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of the all of their albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners Conscious Party (Virgin Records, 1989), One Bright Day (Virgin Records, 1990) and Fallen Is Babylon (Elektra Entertainment, 1998). In 1993 Stephen founded the record label Ghetto Youths International with his brother Ziggy Marley as a means of controlling their own music and support emerging artists.

Following Stephen produced a number of chart-topping, Grammy award-winning albums including Chant Down Babylon, that presented an innovative fusion of his father’s original vocal outtakes from the 1970s Island Records’ sessions with duets with hip-hop and R&B artists, while updating the Wailers’ richly textured one-drop rhythms with an assortment of samples, loops and overdubs.

Stephen’s hip-hop infused dancehall beats achieved a new height of complexity on his brother Damian Marley’s 2001 album Halfway Tree (Ghetto Youths/Motown) which yielded several hits around the globe and won the 2002 Grammy for Best Reggae album. In 2005 Stephen produced and contributed vocals to Damian’s single Welcome To Jamrock—the biggest reggae song of the year—that to this day can be heard on repeat. His vocal and production contributions on this album won Stephan another Grammy for best album in 2005.

The highly anticipated release of his first solo album came to fruition in 2007 with the beautifully composed and uplifting album, Mind Control. Recorded at the Marley Music studio in Kingston and the Marley’s Lion’s Den studio in Miami Mind Control—which won the Grammy’s Best Reggae Album category in 2007—offers an organic blend of eclectic elements defying music categorization.

His dynamic musical success continued in 2008 with the release of his second solo album Mind Control Acoustic—an acoustic iteration of the previous album—followed by the debut of his third solo album Revelation Part I: The Root of Life in 2011. Stephen’s signature sound reigned true in this album that features an array of iconic hits including Jah Army (ft. Damian Marley & Buju Banton), Made in Africa (ft.Wale and The Cast of Fela), No Cigarette Smoking (ft. Melanie Fiona) and much more, winning him another Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

The second installment of the two-part series, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, hit the charts in 2016 featuring a powerful collection of songs that represent his progressive ability to blend several genres of music. Legendary artists including Busta Rhymes, Rakim, Dead Prez, Rick Ross, Junior Reid, Bounty Killer and many more, lent their unique sounds to the album that is still played around the world today.

Since then, Marley has continued to release tracks with globally renowned artists including Options with Pitbull, 40 Days & 40 Nights with Salam Remi and Nothing’s Gonna Harm You with his son Joe Mersa. His work doesn’t stop there, in 2017 he brought to life the first annual Kaya Fest, a music awareness festival that highlights the benefits and educational opportunities around Cannabis. Stephen’s passion extends behind the scenes through the Ghetto Youths Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to benefit underprivileged communities in Jamaica and around the globe.

Hirie

Countless musicians receive gifts from their fans. But the relationship between Trish Jetton, front woman of the pop-reggae act Hirie, and her fans is particularly unique. Their offerings are special: lovingly curated to nurture her psyche, to stoke her self-care, her idiosyncrasies. Late last year, Trish was particularly moved when given a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves, a book that explores feminine instinct and power. It celebrates, as she says beaming, “that wild woman archetype.”
The gesture anticipated the theme of Dreamer, Hirie’s latest album, which features the free-spirited anthem “Stay Wild,” inspired by that gift. A sonic journey baselined by reggae beats, Dreamer at turns celebrates the bold, joyful, and even messy impulses that drive the female experience. “This album is about raw honesty,” Trish says. “I feel like I was braver with exploring my emotional state and how that swings back and forth—allowing myself to be brutally honest.”
“I’m Messed Up,” a chilled-out Mexi-Cali reggae cut (its life-affirming video featuring a mariachi band), is Dreamers’ first single. “Social media makes it really easy for us to pretend to be something we’re not. We need to admit defeat, our vulnerability,” says Trish, whose finances have forced her, her husband, and her daughter to bounce from Airbnbs to friends’ houses.“We’ve lived out of suitcases for a year and a half. We’re messed up, but that’s okay!” A pair of related tracks, the ruminating mid-tempo “Better as Is” and the soulful “Stay With Me” likewise ride the ups and downs—the acceptable imperfections— of her relationships. For her, life has never been easy, but it’s always remained an adventure.
Trish, who mostly resides in San Diego, has lived an itinerant existence. With her English father working for the U.N., she was raised the Philippines, Italy, then Hawaii. “We never stayed rooted to one place for long,” she explains. “Hirie” is a nod to that multiculturalism, a mix of “Hawaii” and “irie,” the Jamaican term for one’s state of mind. “Most of the radio stations on the island were reggae,” she explains of her upbringing on Oahu. “It fits the lifestyle so effortlessly: ditching school and blasting all this music about emancipation from mental slavery.”
Still, growing up between cultures was tough. Though extroverted in personality, Trish was bullied as a teen to the point of hopelessness, feelings she still grapples with as an adult. “‘Message in a Bottle’ is close to my heart. It’s about addiction,” she says of the gutting track. “The song is push and pull: giving into addiction, then pulling away. It’s the push and pull of your emotions.” Empathy is perhaps her most admirable trait, but it can also be her greatest weakness. “I feel and I feel and I feel. I care so deeply about people that sometimes I forget how to just allow myself to self-love,” she says. “My life’s work is just to make somebody else feel better. I love people. I know that’s so cliché. But with my music, if I’m able to confront my own demons, and it makes someone else feel more comfortable with who they are, I have no shame.”
Growing up, Trish’s father saw her for the natural-born performer she is, and encouraged her to embrace music as the ultimate therapy. “He knew that would be my outlet, pushing me towards the pen and paper, and the mic,” she says. For years, music was a solitary experience: composing alone on the guitar and piano, then debuting her work at open-mic nights. But that all changed in 2012, when Tribal Seeds’ former pianist E.N Young offered to produce her self-titled record. She assembled a group of musicians, which would become her current eight-piece band, to tour that record on the festival circuit. Their presence proved outsize, formidable, uplifting. In a few years, Hirie had amassed such a devoted organic following that by the time Trish started working on Wandering Soul, her second album, fans helped her crowdfund $46,000 to record and promote it.
Dreamer, however, marks her first true collaboration. She penned the majority of her album’s tracks with The Drive—a.k.a. songwriters Mark Merthe and Nate Evans—then enlisted Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck) to produce Dreamer. “‘Put It Down’ has this supercool gypsy vibe,” she says. “I met Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 randomly in Mexico, and he laid down a verse. It was one of those songs that just came together.” Other tunes like, ‘I’m Messed Up,” “Message in a Bottle,” “The Way You Roll,” and “Reason to Fly” were collaborative efforts shared between band members Andres Flores, Chris del Camino, and Andrew McKee.

For all of Dreamer’s straight-talking tales, there is an effortlessness that underlies the album. The lilting ballad “Frida Kahlo,” for instance, came together like an act of fate. “I was singing, ‘Free to fly, free to fall, free to nothing at all.’ And Chris said, ‘Free to fly, free to fall, Frida Kahlo!’ It was instant: That’s it! There’s a big mural of Frida Kahlo on the corner where I used to live. I’d see her every day on my way home.” Meanwhile, for “G’wan Boy,” a flirty ska dance track, “We practically puked that out,” she says, laughing. “We didn’t redo anything. Even when we did the production, we didn’t even touch it. It was that easy.”
“A lot of times it was like, ‘Let’s write something fast.’ ‘Let’s write something you can dance to.’ ‘This theme, let’s go for this.’ Everything you hear is a slice of me and my multiple personalities,” she says. “One day I wanna write a sad song. One day I wanna write a ska tune. We managed to really give reggae some color.”
With Dreamer, Trish didn’t inch out of her comfort zone, she burst out of it. That leap of faith has had an indelible impact on her. “There comes a point when you don’t really have anything left to lose,” she adds. “It’s one thing my dad always told me: ‘You only get out of life what you put into it.’”