In September of 2013, Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will visit several U.S. cities, playing in intimate theater and club settings on his “2013 Many Rivers Crossed Tour.” The 17-date tour begins September 6 at the Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia and continues to other cities including New York (Webster Hall), Los Angeles (Santa Monica Pier), San Francisco (The Fillmore), Chicago (Concord Music Hall), Boston (House Of Blues), Washington, DC (The Howard Theatre), and Seattle (Neptune), before concluding in Glenside, Pennsylvania (Keswick Theatre) on September 29.
“With my recent GRAMMY win and the 40th anniversary of The Harder They Come, I want to give fans something different, a rare and intimate look at Jimmy Cliff,” says Jimmy Cliff. “Through the years, I’ve been blessed with memorable experiences that accompany the songs I’ve created and I am excited to share these stories on my ‘Many Rivers Crossed Tour’.”
In addition to classic songs, including “Wonderful World, Beautiful People,” “Many Rivers To Cross,” “I Can See Clearly Now,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “The Harder They Come,” and “Breakout,” Cliff will perform songs from his GRAMMY-winning (Best Reggae Album) 2012 album, Rebirth.
Coinciding with the “Many Rivers Crossed Tour,” film distributor Syndctd Entertainment and International Films Management will re-release the classic film The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, as a special, one-night-only theatrical event across North America on September 5, 2013. This year marks the film’s 40th anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone, Syndctd has invited fans from around the world to participate in a theatrical poster redesign contest.
Jimmy Cliff and Talenthouse have teamed up to create a video contest for up and coming directors. Directors are invited to download green screen footage of Cliff performing his song, “Reggae Music,” and come up with their own vision for the video. The winning director will be rewarded with a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Jamaica courtesy of The Jamaican Tourist Board. For complete contest details and to enter, visit www.talenthouse.com.
Rebirth brought together Jimmy Cliff with the award-winning producer Tim Armstrong, who produced the album, as well as Cliff’s 2011 “Sacred Fire” EP. Rebirth reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart and held the top place for five weeks straight.
Last June, Cliff visited Los Angeles’ radio station KCRW for a live acoustic performance of nine songs on the public radio station’s influential program, “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. The recording of the live broadcast, titled The KCRW Session, was released in late June.
06 Arrington, VA – Interlocken Music Festival
08 Seattle, WA – Neptune
09 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10 Arcata, CA – John Van Duzer Theatre
11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12 Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier
13 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
15 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
17 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
20 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
22 Columbia, MO – Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival
24 Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
27 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
28 New York, NY – Webster Hall
29 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Author: World Music Central News Department
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