Music, City Picks

Yellowman w/ the Dub Plates

When: Mon., Aug. 8 2011

When discussing the artists who laid the foundation for reggae music, talk will inevitably turn Jimmy Cliff, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and, of course, Bob Marley. When it comes to dancehall, a relatively younger form of reggae, one of the giants of that style is Yellowman. Shunned in his home country of Jamaica because of his albinism, he first gained fame in the late ’70s after winning a toasting contest. He later became the first dancehall reggae artist signed to an American record label. Yellowman — or King Yellowman, as some call him — continues to tour and release albums. His music has been sampled by American hip-hop artists like Tupac Shakur, Easy-E, and Notorious B.I.G. Even a battle with cancer of the jaw in the late ’80s which left his face disfigured hasn’t slowed Yellowman down. Although he is a mature 55 years old, expect a high-energy show on Monday.

Devin Grant

Price: $20, $17 (adv.)

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