Words By: Lyssa Quallio
Asbury Park, New Jersey’s historical music venue The Stone Pony has been known to house some of the most influential musicians of our time. Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi have all performed there on numerous occasions. On Sunday, September 6th, the Catch A Fire Tour, which included Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jo Mersa Marley, Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage and Black-Am-I made a stop at the Pony to spread some reggae love.
It must be noted how saddening it was for some attendees to plan to take part in such an enchanting performance on the basis of some distracting and negative surroundings. Like many venues, this one in particular had some serious, strict rules implemented, your basic statements about oversized bags, totems, etc. What was disheartening about that is the way a majority of the staff had quite a negative attitude about them when handling certain situations. In all of my previous concert experiences, I don’t think I have ever seen so many attendees get kicked out of an event until now. You could attest that it was mostly due to the smoking of Marijuana, but it seemed like a majority of the time the people that were getting kicked out looked like they were all in their right minds. Even when being searched at the front entrance I didn’t feel any sort of kindness or understanding of any of the staff. Regardless of that, the point of the night was not about the venue or its staff. It was about the connections made through the cool vibes of the reggae music.
“We’re spreading peace through generation to generation.” – Damian Marley
I am certain that making an effort to see this tour will result in you taking part of history in the making. To see such talent passed down to these men was indescribable. This Stony Pony stage was holding the children & grandchildren of legendary musician, Bob Marley. “We’re spreading peace through generation to generation,” Damian proclaimed to fans. The crowd was introduced to all kinds of reggae music, from the slow jazz-like ensembles, to the fast paced rhythmic feeling of the drums. The brothers paid tribute to their father by trustingly performing a few of his most acclaimed tracks.
People of every age, sex and race swayed back and forth together singing along to the lyrics, “Don’t worry about a thing, because everything little thing, is gonna be alright.” It was remarkable to see that song still bring so many people together.
But it wasn’t just Mr. Bob Marley’s tracks that kept this crowd hungry for more. The songs written and performed by none other than Damian & Stephen, had very clear meaning to them. It seems like they had something they personally wanted to say and leave behind for the world to cherish. Towards the end of the show, Damian slowed down his fast paced Jamaican vocals to a place where you could really hear everything he was saying. During his performance of the song, “Affairs Of The Heart,” you could actually feel the words pouring out of his mouth. He has a raw talent of captivating the audience with an effortless sense of motion.
Check out the music video for this track below.
To see this tour before it ends, check out Ticketmaster for details on dates & locations!