||Legendary Reggae Band Wailers US Tour Supporting I Went Hungry Charity
SUMMER VIBES AND ONE LOVE sread around the US by Wailers. The band donates proceeds from their daily rider to support their charity I WENT HUNGRY (…to save a life) Campaign in collaboration with the World Food Program and the United Nations.
Wailers are enlisting their fellow musicians and artists worldwide to help. More than 650,000 people have been fed to date.
The greatest living exponents of reggae music, WAILERS, will be continuing their US tour and are heading to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Saturday, May 29. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.
Wailers will be using the tour to bring more attention to their campaign www.iwenthungry.org, which donates unused funds from the band’s daily hospitality riders, directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program. I WENT HUNGRY Campaign is a global music industry initiative started by the legendary reggae band to help eradicate hunger. The band decided to put their empathy into action upon learning that every 6 seconds a child dies of hunger, so they are enlisting their fellow musicians to go hungry by donating a portion of their tour catering to the I WENT HUNGRY campaign. To date over 650,000 people have been fed to date.
Original member Aston “Familyman” Barrett, a revered innovator joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director. On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers’ sound. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger. “For decades the Wailers have been about spreading a positive message to our audience,” says Fams. “With the campaign, we want to spread that message beyond the audience – even if the people can’t feel it musically, they’ll feel it spiritually.” Check out this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jSBW0BOPqM
Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling over 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. Wailers’ leader and musical director Familyman, helped forge the template for reggae with his booming, thunderous bass patterns and ever-so-tight turns. But more than just a bass player, Family Man also played a large part in arranging Marley’s songs and co-produced a number of the late icon’s albums.
Wailers Tour Dates -- 2010
May 26 Kelly's, Nags Head, NC
May 27 The Filene Center, Vienna, VA with Michael Franti
May 28 nTelos Wireless Pavilion, VA with Michael Franti
May 29 Pier Six Concert Pavilion, MD with Michael Franti
May 30 Heritage Park Amphitheatre, Simpsonville, SC with Blues Traveller
June 1&2 FTC Stage One, Fairfield, CT
June 3 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
June 4 Joey Harrison's Surf Club, Ortley Beach, NJ
June 5 Chili Pepper and Brewers Fest, Snowmass Villiage, CO with George Clinton & Parliament
June 19 2010 Midsummer Music Fest, Atlanta, GA
June 24 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
June 25 Weesner Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN with The Aggrolites
June 26 Green Music Fest, Chicago, IL
June 27 Bluebird, Bloomington, IN
June 30 Whiskey Road House, Council Bluffs, IA
July 2 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
July 9 Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
July 10 Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, NV
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