SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

May 9, 2013

Bob Marley tribute kicks off free summer concert series

People come from all over the world to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and starting this Saturday, some of the best students at Berklee will come to Salem to play free concerts at Derby Square.

That is a natural progression, according to Henley Douglas Jr. of the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, which sponsors the four concerts in the summer series.

“Berklee being one of the most important music schools in the world, it made sense to connect with them and use their resources to help spread the word of our festival,” Douglas said. “In addition to putting on a festival for free, the main mission of Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is to give funds we raise to Salem schools for their music program, and a few of them have gone to Berklee. It’s a natural outreach for us.”

The Bob Marley Ensemble, which will perform this weekend, is a special kind of tribute band.

The 15-member group of Berklee students is a project of Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano at Berklee, who teaches a semester-long course on the life and music of Bob Marley, the Jamaican musician who popularized reggae in the 1970s.

“They’re amazing,” Douglas said. “The band is the largest ensemble we’ve had at the series. It’s something to hear young musicians taking the music of Bob Marley and putting their own twist to it, in addition to remaining true to the original vibe of the music.”

A New Hampshire native, Jenson not only teaches students how to play the complex rhythms of reggae, but also introduces them to Marley’s social and spiritual message.

“It’s these young people who’ve put their own stamp on the arrangements, which to me is what the whole pursuit of music is about,” Douglas said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • Vet Connection: Is it OK to give a dog a bone? We have all seen the cartoons and commercials depicting dogs burying bones and stashing them away for later. Unfortunately, most pet owners are completely unaware of the significant risks and problems that are associated with feeding dogs these treat

    April 18, 2014

  • Ask Dog Lady: Why is my dog fascinated with burying things? Dear Dog Lady, My dog came across a dead cat at the park and proceeded to bury the cat with surrounding leaves by using her nose and pushing the leaves over the dead cat. Two days later, we went back to the park, and she found the dead cat again and

    April 18, 2014

  • ed Ipswich author to share drawing techniques Most of Ed Emberley's 80 children's books, 20 of which are still in print, have one goal in mind. "Showing the kids you can draw; everybody can draw something," he said. "They get encouragement from working with the simplest thing." Emberley will giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • holtenhouse Quick pick 'Voices From the Back Stairs' Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England presents "Voices From the Back Stairs" tomorrow at 2, at the Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. In her presentation, Pustz explores domestic service in 19th- and 20

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Assistant’s gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brown-noser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and several people

    April 18, 2014

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, April 18

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Poundstone2 Wait, wait ... it's Paula Paula Poundstone often makes fun of her own awkward appearance, which she emphasizes by wearing men's ties and wide-lapel suits. "Is it me, or do I have the worst posture in the history of the world?" she asks in one routine. "I hope to eventually go

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • mainstage 'Servant of Two Masters' designed to keep you laughing The Mainstage Theatre at Salem State, which will shut its doors in June, opened 30 years ago to the sound of laughter. With performances this weekend and next of Carlo Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters," it's going to close that way, as well. "

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • fishes North Shore Entertainment Calendar Music MUSIC AT GULU-GULU. Shows are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted, at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Thursday, April 17, David Simmons Annual Theme Night, a Simon and Garfunkel Tribute; Friday, April 18, Lowman, alternative; Saturday, April

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 140415_SN_HAND_READERSEYE The reader's eye Name: Corey Kramer Hometown: Beverly Description: "I pass by this view every day on my way to school. This photo was taken at Endicott Beach. I enjoy taking photos of nature, which does not require human recognition to show its beauty. I have done ve

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

NDN Video
Comments Tracker