published Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Reggae legends The Wailers headline fifth annual MainX24 concert


What: The MainX24 Main Event, featuring The Wailers, Milele Roots and Duane Stephenson.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.

Admission: $18 in advance, $20 day of the show (plus applicable fees).

Phone: 521-2929.

Venue website:


Every year, reggae legends The Wailers spend more than 250 days on tour away from Jamaica. When they do take a break, they're never home for more than two weeks at a time.

Such a strenuous touring schedule can be taxing, but spreading reggae icon Bob Marley's uplifting message of peaceful revolution is a calling vocalist Danglin said the band members couldn't ignore, even if they wanted to.

"When you're born to do something, it's different from when you're just trying to do something," he said. "Bob Marley has been my musical idol since I was a child. I've always known the impact that his music has had on me, and now I get to see what other people think."

Marley and vocalists Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer founded The Wailers in 1963, but the core of the band developed with the arrival of brothers Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass) and Carly Barrett (drums) in 1969.

By the time Marley died in 1981 at age 36, the band had become world famous, thanks to hits such as "Jammin'," "I Shot the Sheriff" and "No Woman, No Cry," which broke through to the pop mainstream.

After Marley's death, The Wailers split into splinter groups, including one founded by Family Man. That group will perform Saturday at Track 29 as the Main Event of this year's MainX24 festival celebrating all things Southside.

The two-hour show will include a set of 20 songs, primarily Wailers hits. Fellow Jamaican Duane Stephenson and local reggae artists Milele Roots will open.

Danglin was born in Guy's Hill, a small town north of Kingston, Jamaica. Growing up, he said, he, like fellow co-lead vocalist Koolant, was in awe of roots reggae artists like Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, and he idolized Marley.

After his single "Excuse Me Miss" attracted the attention of The Wailers' management in 2009, Danglin was recruited to join the band. After years of singing along with recordings, he said he felt like he knew The Wailers' music, but standing behind the mike was a revelatory experience.

"When I got here, I was more concerned about trying to fit into the group, as far as trying to get the songs I would do well," he said. "You think you know the songs until you have to actually sing them onstage."

After performing with the band for hundreds of dates all around the world, Danglin said he has developed a new appreciation for classics such as "Rebel Music," but ultimately he appreciates the opportunity to spread Marley's words to others.

"I just wanted to see how far this music has reached. It has reached the four corners of the Earth," he said. "He [Marley] was a legend beyond legends, beyond legendary.

"It's an honor to carry on his message."


This year's MainX24 festival will feature more than 95 events over the course of 36 hours. Here are some of the standouts:

* 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Eat lard-fried doughnuts offered up by artisan sausage makers Link 41 in the parking lot of Niedlov's Breadworks, 215 E. Main St.

* 10 a.m.-noon. Take Fido for a stroll as part of the Mutt Strut segment of EPB's annual Southside Parade (11 a.m.-noon). Donate $20, and register at Muttville on Main, 218 E. Main St.

* 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Help The Hot Chocolatier, 201 W. Main St., celebrate its new Southside location with an open house, featuring live cooking in the chocolate kitchen and fresh caramel apples.

Noon-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Grab a cup of joe and check out a full day's worth of live music at The Camp House, 1427 Williams St.

* 2-5 p.m. Visit Velo Coffee, 509 E. Main St., for Velo on Fuego, a lesson in the art of DJ'ing appreciation featuring guest DJs performing a wide range of music.

* 6-9 p.m. Dust off Aunt Selma's hideous exercise in holiday knitting for a tacky Christmas sweater party at The Bread Factory Lofts, 1615 Cowart St. Music provided by DJK7.

* 8-9:30 p.m. Bundle up and head to 304 E. Main St. to watch preshow dancing before the immolation of sculptor Andrew Nigh's towering wooden piece "Sanctuary."

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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