The Wailers Play the Fox Theatre Tonight
Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it's still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It's been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what's followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the "one-drop" reggae sound.
Apart from Marley, The Wailers have performed with international acts such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, as well as reggae Legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. Their most recent collaborators include Kenny Chesney, Eve, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. They've also completed innumerable tours over the years, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, including groundbreaking performances in Africa and the Far East.
The anchor of the band is Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who in addition to being Marley's most trusted lieutenant, played on other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers' sound is indisputable.
Koolant joined The Wailers soon after his cameo appearance in the film Made In Jamaica. A solo track, Rat Race, was getting regular airplay and things were looking up for this young Rasta artist from St. Thomas, who'd already performed at major shows in Jamaica.
As enthusiastic audiences have already discovered, Koolant brings his own personal expression to Marley's songs, revitalizing them for young and old alike. Yet there's a great deal more to The Wailers than reliving the past.