Sep 29 1988 - Reggae Dance Party for Jamaican relief
Reggae Dance Party performers to 'stand up' for Jamaican relief By Paula Routly Free Press Staff Writer It took one love, one heart and one hurricane to turn Reggae Dance Party '88 into a rallying point for Jamaican relief. Friday's three-hour supershow follows in the wake of Hurricane Gilbert, which devastated the Caribbean island a little over two weeks ago. "Reggae music is most people's connection to Jamaica," said jimmy Swift of All Points Booking, "and this concert will be a contact for people with questions, answers and information about what's going on." Garden tools, hand and power equipment and canned goods will be collected on Union Street before and during the concert; while downstairs, in the basement of Memorial Auditorium. Plans for concert proceeds have also changed since three weeks ago, when the dance party was still a benefit for Vermont Reggae Festival '89. The nonprofit organization was to receive $1 for every $16 ticket sold, but the festival has since decided to contribute a portion of its take to aid Jamaica. Vermont's Jamaican apple pickers, many of whom have been given tickets to Fri- i. .-Hi V If MAXI PRIEST'S version of Cat Stevens' 'Wild World' hit No. 1 in Britain. day's show, will return home with supplies from Burlington. But good will and good music go hand in hand where reggae rocks. Friday night's lineup rivals the one that blew Burlington away in 1985, when Steel Pulse performed with Jimmy Cliff. Maxi Priest, Britain's hot new songster, will bring his blend of "roots" reggae, soul, rock and pop to the Memorial Auditorium stage. He might contribute a lilting version of Cat Stevens' "Wild World," which was No. 1 on the British charts this summer. Either way Priest will be well Preview Reggae Dance Party '88 Friday, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Tickets: $16 Information: 863-5966 Presented by All Points Booking with co-sponsorship by the Mayor's Arts Council, Vermont Reggae Fest, WRUV-FM, The Vanguard Press and WPTZ-TV attended. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare will back him up, as they did on his latest album, "Wild World." The two-man rhythm section is considered by some to be the best in the business. Some of those who employ the dynamic duo for recordings include Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading, Black Uhuru and Grace Jones. Also bound for Burlington is Freddie McGregor, said to combine a mellow, soulful sound with an enlightened, expansive world view.His idea of success, "to reach all those different cultures, to cross those boundaries," is shared by most reggae lovers. Or as the late Bob Marley would sing, "Let's get together It'll be all right."