The Wailers and Tedeschi Trucks Band Get Heavy in Washington, D.C.

by Chris Murray on February 19, 2018

Music’s ‘ground zero’ was in downtown Washington Saturday night, as The Wailers and Tedeschi Trucks Band were playing at the same time a block from each other, at Hamilton Live on 14th Street and at the Warner Theater on 13th Street. Such a powerful musical vibration had not aligned in such a spectacular way in many moons.

I attended The Wailers show, as I had never seen Junior Marvin perform with Donald Kinsey, two original guitarists from Bob Marley and the Wailers, and two of reggae music’s greatest riff masters. They were a super-duo of electric reggae that evening. Original Wailer Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett played bass and the spirit of Bob Marley was alive and well. Junior Marvin introduced me to Family Man backstage and we talked about our friend photographer Kate Simon, who photographed Bob Marley and the Wailers and whose image of Marley is on the cover of his Kaya album.

Junior Marvin, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and Chris Murray backstage at the Hamilton Live. Photograph by Carlotta Hester.

Enjoy this short clip of Donald Kinsey’s searing guitar break on Heathen and Junior Marvin performing I Shot the Sheriff.

 

 

Meanwhile, Tedeschi Trucks Band were blowing minds, by all accounts, with an epic version of Sly & the Family Stone’s I Want to Take You Higher that had the entire audience at the Warner Theater on their feet. I was fortunate to see Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Warner the weekend before, where their performance of Santana’s Soul Sacrifice had the same effect on the audience. Tedeschi Trucks Band may well be the best band performing today.

Tedeschi Trucks Band trumpet player extraordinaire Ephraim Owens with Govinda Gallery director Chris Murray backstage at the Warner Theater. Photograph by Carlotta Hester.

 

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