Grammy Award-winning dancehall reggae artist Shaggy will headline the first of two shows at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa this month billed as the Lake Tahoe Fall Harvest Reggae Jam.
Barbados singer Rayvon joins Shaggy at the casino’s Blu Nightclub Nov. 19, while reggae legends Black Uhuru take the stage Nov. 29.
Shaggy, born Orville Burrell in Kingston Jamaica in 1968, first drew attention in the U.S. in the mid-90s with the release of the hit album “Boombastic.”
“With a style all his own that fuses reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B and pop, Shaggy’s career has spanned well over a decade, enjoying cross-over success, topping the Billboard charts multiple times with No. 1 songs and winning him a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album ‘Boombastic,’” according to a press release from promoters.
The album went platinum and spent a year at the top spot on the “Billboard” magazine reggae album chart.
Shaggy followed up the success in 2000 with the album “Hotshot,” which included the tracks “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” The album went platinum six times in the U.S., according to Shaggy’s online biography. “It Wasn’t Me” received a Grammy nomination. The album “Clothes Drop” was then nominated for Best Reggae Album in 2006, as were 2007’s “Intoxication” and 2012’s “Summer in Kingston.”
“He is the only certified Diamond-selling Dancehall Reggae artist,” according to his website. “However, Shaggy has remained humble, taking his career in strides. He has defied the odds, succeeded on his own terms and conditions to break down barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps.”
In September Shaggy released his latest album, “Sly and Robbie Presents Out of Many, One Music.”
The album includes appearances by Beres Hammond, Ne-Yo, Damian Marley, Cocoa Tea, Jimmy Cozier, Konshens, Tessanne Chin and Peetah Morgan.
“California reggae bands, like Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution, are pulling 30-40,000 people at their concerts and on the Billboard Reggae chart there’s mostly American reggae acts. God bless them, because they have kept reggae alive while we [Jamaicans] have been asleep at the wheel,” Burrell recently told www.billboard.com. “So I thought why don’t I do what those artists are doing, real reggae, get the gods of reggae — Sly and Robbie — to produce it and feature Jamaica’s hottest artists on the tracks,”
Santa Cruz-based rock/reggae hybrid Strive opens Tuesday’s show.
Advance tickets for the performance are available for $25 at Montbleu Box Office, Mad About Music and Beach Hut Deli in South Lake Tahoe, New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee and Tahoe City and online at www.ticketweb.com.