A Tribute to Bob Marley with Junior Marvin and One Love

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Not too many of us can say, with all honesty, that we’ve worked closely with actual legends. Sure, we may all be special or gifted within the boundaries of our own individualism, but a select few can count any of the most influential artists as colleagues, fewer still as friends. And inside this very marginalized space of exceptional people, can the majority count themselves as equals amongst those legends? No. But musician and actor Junior Marvin can.

Jamaican born and London raised, Marvin’s interest in performing was encouraged early in life. Debuting in The Beatles’ 1965 Help! led to several television appearances for the young artist. Marvin later became a member of the London cast of Hair and can be heard on the original London recordings. “It was a great run,” Marvin tells PW. “I was about 16 or 17 years old at the time. The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was my audition piece.” After meeting Bob Marley in ‘77, Marvin’s musical dexterity has been enjoyed the world over as guitarist for the planet’s most influential reggae group, Bob Marley & the Wailers. Since Marley’s death in 1981, Marvin has gone on to release four albums worth of material with The Wailers Band, and continues to this day with a group called One Love.

Earlier this year, Bunny Wailer, along with Marcia Griffiths, threw a celebration in Negril, Jamaica to commemorate Marley’s birthday. Together with musicians from several of the Marley sub-groups, a tribute to the life and memory of the late, great icon was born and took to the road. “It was such a great atmosphere,” Marvin recalls of the boisterous reception the tribute show got at The Hamilton in D.C. in September. “We had such a good time, we decided to keep the recording.” He hopes to bring the same energy to The Blockley’s final days. / KENNEDY ALLEN

9pm. $18-$23. With SensaMotion + Cultureal. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. theblockley.com
 

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Saturday, December 21, 2013
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