By Bill Gross
I made the discovery that there is no wrong way to dance to reggae… Ziggy Marley, son of iconic legend Bob Marley, performed at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Saturday, October 4 . Backed by a nine-piece band, Marley performed songs from his newest album Fly Rasta along with earlier hits, such as
“Tomorrow People.” Fans were on their feet within the first few notes of the opening song, and a few songs later, the entire audience was out of their seats dancing and singing. The concert felt like a beach party—people were coaxing strangers out of their seats to dance. Some fans swayed, some hopped in circles, some danced like they had choreographers, and some just moved. Everyone found their groove. Known for his activism and work with the children’s charity he founded, Marley prefaced each song with a social or political message. He didn’t disappoint and peppered his setlist with a few songs from his father’s repertoire, including “Is This Love” as part of his encore. The evening ended with the high energy title track from Fly Rasta. Marley’s message was that his music is for everyone and we’re all in this together…from the reaction of the audience, he was right.