South Shore’s new music venue already jamming with Wailers
October 16, 2008
Barely a month removed from its previous incarnation as Brewer’s Branding Iron, the new venue Mo’s Place is already jamming.
Bob Marley’s Original Wailers will play the South Shore’s new home for reggae concerts Saturday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Bob Marley and the Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums over the past 40 years, and the band helped create the legend surrounding the late reggae musician. Many of Marley’s original musicians have joined with renowned session musicians to re-form the Original Wailers, according to a news release from the band.
Earl “Wya” Lindo joined with Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston about the same time the Wailers debuted with “Catch A Fire” on Island Records. In addition to recording with the Wailers, the keyboard player has worked with the Abyssinians, Dennis Brown and bluesman Taj Mahal.
American-born guitarist Al Anderson joined a year later, just before Bob Marley and the Wailers’ U.S. breakthrough, “Natty Dread.” Anderson’s guitar attracted rock fans, and the musician has also played with Tosh, James Brown, Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill and Traffic, and produced martial arts movie star Steven Seagal’s debut album, “Songs from the Crystal Cave.”
Marley enrolled singer-guitarist Junior Marvin during the recording sessions for “Exodus” and “Kaya,” shortly before the Wailers 1977 appearance at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Marvin, a former rock guitarist, first appeared on the album “Exodus” and performed the solos on “Waiting in Vain,” “The Heathen” and “Jammin’,” among others.
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Lindo, Anderson and Marvin toured and recorded with Marley until his death in 1981, and the three continue to spread Marley’s message of “One Love” as the Original Wailers.
Mo’s Place opened last month in a venue that many music fans remember as Mulligan’s Irish Pub, and featured reggae star Eek-A-Mouse for its first show under the new name and new ownership. With the venue’s proximity to the Super 8 Motel, owner Manish Patel is keeping the musical offerings mellow, with reggae and hip-hop shows.
“We’re trying to make it as family-friendly as we can and then hopefully bring in bands once in a while as well,” Patel told Lake Tahoe Action in September.
Upcoming shows at Mo’s include Pato Banton and the Mystic Roots band on Nov. 12, One Block Radius on Nov. 18, Del tha Funky Homosapien on Nov. 29 and South Shore jam band Blue Turtle Seduction on Dec. 9. Call (530) 542-1095 for more information.