I bought my tickets a few months back!My wife’s birthday was coming up and I needed a good gift.She hadn’t been to a big outdoors reggae show like this,believe it or not,in a long time and for her if at all.We are always travelling,performing in small venues,playing our role in the scheme of things!I knew this would be a great opportunity to introduce her to reggae on a next level,other than Wailers indoors concerts.Happy Birthday love,once again!Thanks for going!These tickets would play a key role in our rekindling our relationship fire as we had been going through some things lately!
So we headed to RVA(that’s Richmond,Virginia for you outsiders,just kidding) Wednesday morning with precaution due to the storm that was threatening the east coast,but as we got near the venue,I began to think to myself,wouldn’t Babylon media want to do things to hurt this movement?Suddenly I began to feel less threatened by the “FAKE NEWS” that had millions of people racing from their east coast homes to find safe quarters from a disasterous hurricane supposedy tearing up the east coast!!Voila,REGGAE WILL BE JAMMIN’!!!Faith in tact,Selassie I
My first time at Innsbrook Pavilion(I thought),was a nice experience.We headed into the parking lot and became a little confused as it was not much traffic one hour before the gates opened!The parking attendant,who we ended up laughing and joking with us about having a beer while on the job during the concert,was a warm,friendly & kind older gentleman!He swore he wouldn’t but I’m not to sure if he didn’t have a little something stashed for this irie occassion!
In no time we parked right near the entrance gate and in no time the line started to grow quickly.First 10,then 20,then,30,so we knew it was time to jump out and get in line ourselves,we therefore tightened up our chairs and things and jumped in line also,into what felt like 110 degrees and the sun beaming directly on our rasses,whew was it hot!Thank Jah and Innsbrook that we didn’t have to endure it long,after listening to Steele Pulse soundcheck during this whole time(everybody outside the gate),within 30 mins it seemed they began letting us through the gate!YES! Immediately to my left I saw the merch tables for Ziggy and Pulse,looking very tempting!We proceeded to get our drink tickets and passed the food vendors to our liking!Plenty of options!
As we approached the grassy area we would watch the concert from,it began to hit me,”oh I’ve been here,yeah I see the tour buses over there,I remember my mystical meeting with Burning Spear over there,while attending a concert of his with my RVA based band at the time The Razor Posse/Stable Roots,We were backstage that day and Spear walked up beside me immediately before he took the stage,he just appeared out of no where,stood beside me,turned looked at me and smiled and headed up the stage steps.From then on I was hooked as a reggae singer and knew what I’d be doing the rest of my life! I wish I knew who has my tee shirt from that magnificent night,so much memoribilla gone through my years of touring,setbacks and grinding! #facts Welcome back to Innsbrook,wow!
Moving forward,we sat our chairs down in what would be our final concert seat location,as the crowd began to fill in behind us!A few drinks later,all I know is I was in heaven on earth!Thanks drink guy,geesh! Ready for reggae! After a quick announcement form a local radio personality whose name I didn’t catch,we waited 10 more minutes for Steele Pulse to take the stage,I think everyone was thinking,OMG,why did she announce them and they are not coming on?Then suddenly,the rain came down like a thief in the night,so people scattered!I found a safe haven for me and my queen under a tree which was very romantic actually!We chilled there until people sighted us and started to join in!Finally the rain did pass over and it was time for reggae music again!
Steele Pulse came out and set the tone.I could tell immediately with the nature of politics today,that David Hinds was in his element,using reggae as a platform to address real issues going on today!It was beautiful to see reggae,Steele Pulse and RVA have a conscious reggae party!Steele Pulse was fabulous,all of them,every drop,every note,every verse,so clear and so important!So much energy,dancing and positive vibes,it was a great opening appearance for the kings son!I big up Steele Pulse in every way!Pulling from their old catalog yet making it feel current with mixes and guest appearances,they didn’t miss a beat! Nuff raspex! fave song: “Life without music!”
As the crowd began to build so did some vibes of course!We had to endure a sister who was determined to barge her way in front of everyone and be mouthy about it.We all just kind of ignored her until she stopped,I guess she was that one person who ended up at a reggae concert but didn’t know it was about positivity.Hopefully she left with new good vibes because Ziggy Marley made it very clear from the start that “We are the people”!
The vibes when Ziggy came on,immediately made me feel like I was at a human rights convention amongst angels!As always when seeing Ziggy,for a brief moment I was in a daze and could feel Bob Marley’s presence!Pleasant!I was so happy to see the musicians from recent videos Ziggy travels with,doing their thing,I love them all!Song after song was fire and you could feel the rebellion rising!Once he did several of his own songs,he decided to drop “One Love” by his dad and the crowd went on an immediate higher height!We knew from then on it was all gonna be good.No more rain no more threat of a cancelled concert,nothing could stop this reggae stampede that had just hit RVA!Ziggy Marley is undeniably a true king of reggae music himself and never a disappointment!Jumping around and being jovial,etc. as always ,sporting a healthy fit body at near 50 years old,he is a Rastaman still on a mission!One Love! fave song: too many to name!
I have to say again,big ups Innsbrook Afterhours Pavilion,we’ll be back and I have a feeling it will be on your stage as iRon Lion & The Knotty Lionz Band!I look forward to more reggae and events period at your venue,it’s good to know we have you in VA!Respect!