Reggae Star Stephen Marley Takes to the Road Headlining Venues Across North America

Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley
New York (NY), USA – Stephen Marley, GRAMMY winning artist and producer has announced that he is launching a much anticipated tour this spring. Kicking off on March 30th, the tour is happening in association with the Ghetto Youths International Foundation and will feature special guest ‘Jr. Gong.’ The tour will run through May, hitting more than 40 cities with acclaimed artist K’naan also in tow.

Billed as the Mind Control North American tour, Ghetto Youths International will contribute one dollar from every ticket sold to the Marley’s homegrown charity, The Ghetto Youth Foundation, which provides aid and programs to children struggling in impoverished and war-ravaged conditions around the globe. Highlights of the 3-month tour of Canada and the US will also include performances at the World Ski & Snowboard Championships in Whistler, British Columbia on April 15th, Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, on April 27th, and Jazzfest in New Orleans on May 5th.

Stephen is preparing the cross-country trek in support of his soon-to-be released solo debut album Mind Control (Tuff Gong/ Ghetto Youths/ Universal-Republic) released on March 20, 2007.

Stephen will be showcasing new songs from the release, which includes guest appearances from Mos Def and Ben Harper. Standout tracks include gems such as the mesmerizing “Chase Dem,” and the soulful serenade “Hey Baby.” The album also features the hit track “The Traffic Jam,” which is currently exploding onto charts in Jamaica and England and showing early spins on several US Rhythmic/Crossover stations. Marley, along with Damian, debuted the track live this past month on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

For Stephen, 2006 was a coming-out party of sorts. He scored his fifth GRAMMY award for his triumphant co-production work on brother Damian ‘Jr.Gong’ Marley’s acclaimed certified Gold disc Welcome to Jamrock, to date garnering him the most GRAMMY awards of any Marley and more than any other Reggae artist in history. Stephen also embarked on two U.S. concert tours last year, including the acclaimed “Bob Marley Roots, Rock Reggae Festival,” where brothers Stephen and Ziggy Marley joined together for the first time ever with reggae pioneer Bunny Wailer.

Music heads have been up on Stephen’s work for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner “It Was Written,” and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. A veteran of the family’s fertile launching pad, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Stephen has emerged in recent years as a pivotal production and creative force, helping to oversee Marley enterprises like Tuff Gong Records and its umbrella imprint Ghetto Youths.

Dates for Stephen’s Mind Control North American Tour* are as follows:

Fri-Mar-30 Cleveland OH House of Blues

Sat-Mar-31 Chicago IL Vic Theatre

Sun-Apr-01 Minneapolis MN First Avenue

Wed-Apr-04 Iowa City IA University of Iowa – IMU Ballroom

Thu-Apr-05 Kansas City MO Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino

Fri-Apr-06 Boulder CO Boulder Theater

Sat-Apr-07 Vail CO 8150

Sun-Apr-08 Aspen CO Belly Up

Mon-Apr-09 Park City UT Suede

Wed-Apr-11 Spokane WA The Big Easy Concert House

Thu-Apr-12 Portland OR Roseland Theater

Fri-Apr-13 Seattle WA Showbox

Sat-Apr-14 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom

Sun-Apr-15 Whistler BC World Ski & Snowboard Championships

Fri-Apr-20 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly Recreation Center

Sat-Apr-21 Santa Cruz CA The Catalyst

Sun-Apr-22 San Francisco CA The Fillmore

Tue-Apr-24 Ventura CA Ventura Theatre

Wed-Apr-25 San Diego CA House of Blues – San Diego

Fri-Apr-27 Indio CA Coachella Festival

Sat-Apr-28 Las Vegas NV House of Blues

Mon-Apr-30 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theatre

Wed-May-02 Fort Worth TX Ridglea Theater

Thu-May-03 Austin TX Antone’s Nightclub

Sat-May-05 New Orleans LA Jazzfest

Sun-May-06 New Orleans LA House of Blues

Tue-May-08 Washington DC 9:30 Club

Wed-May-09 Boston MA Avalon Ballroom

Fri-May-11 New York NY Nokia Theatre Times Square

Sat-May-12 Philadelphia PA Theatre Of The Living Arts

Tue-May-15 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

Wed-May-16 Pittsburgh PA Mr. Smalls Theatre

Thu-May-17 Norfolk VA The Norva Theatre

Sat-May-19 Saint Petersburg FL Jannus Landing

Sun-May-20 Orlando FL House of Blues

* Additional dates to be added

Author: World Music Central News Department

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