More than three decades of reggae showmanship comes to South Lake Tahoe this weekend.
Reggae artist Pato Banton plays South Lake Tahoe’s Whiskey Dick’s Saloon Saturday. Banton has released more than a dozen albums in his decades-spanning career.
“Birmingham, England reggae singer/toaster Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) made his debut on the English Beat’s third album, 1982’s ‘Special Beat Service,’ helping out Ranking Roger on the track ‘Pato and Roger a Go Talk,’” according to an online biography by Steve Huey. “Five years later, Banton returned with his debut solo release, ‘Never Give In,’ which featured backing by Birmingham’s Studio Two house band and a guest appearance by Paul Shaffer; the album was enlivened by Banton’s comic vocal characterizations.”
Banton scored an American college radio hit, a cover of the Police’s “Spirits in the Material World,” in 1990, according to Huey. In 1994 he also saw success with a version of Eddy Grant’s “Baby Come Back,” performed with members of UB40. The track prompted best-of collections, Huey wrote. Banton released “Destination Paradise” in 2008. His current tour includes dates around the U.S. with a focus on California.
Sacramento reggae-rock act Weapon opens Saturday’s show.
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