Morgan Heritage spreads love and good vibes at the Greek Theater

The group were part of the Catch A Fire tour, which celebrates what would’ve been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year.

Morgan Heritage's set

The message of Morgan Heritage’s latest album is a simple one – love  – and at the Catch A Fire tour on Sunday, the group gave and received plenty of it. Performing tracks from their dance-hall infused album “Strictly Roots,” Peetah, Gramps, Lukes and Mojo were at their very best serenading the crowd with music and a welcomed political diatribe about good and evil and loving each other as they sang “Wanna be  Loved,” “Light it Up,” an audience favorite, and “Perform and Done” from the best selling album. Catch A Fire Tour

The group, who are known for their audience interaction didn’t fail to disappoint, engaging the audience with messages and questions in-between songs.

“Do you love Bob Marley?” Peetah asked. To which the crowd chanted a resounding yes.  “Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear?” He continued in a semi nod to these legends. “What about Morgan Heritage?” A rhetorical question, which naturally ensued the loudest cheers as people showed their appreciation for the group who have been coined “the Royal family of Reggae.”

Morgan Heritage at the Greek

The group were part of the Catch A Fire tour. A concert tour which celebrates what would’ve been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year, the show featured two of Bob Marley’s children Damian and Stephen and two of Bob’s grandchildren Skip Marley and Jo Mersa who also showcased their skills with shorter stage sets.

Tarrus Riley

Held at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, it kicked off right on schedule at 5:30pm with opener Tarrus Riley, a personable and energetic performer who made his way through popular hits “ Stay With You,” “Love’s Contagious” during his half hour set to a very responsive crowd who sang and nodded along.

Super Cat in concert

With a schedule that ran like clockwork, Super Cat came on stage sprouting lyrics delivered in his raspy inflected accent. The Jamaican dance-hall artist who has been largely absent from music for the last decade was surprisingly erratic. There were several minutes spent barking at his band for not paying attention to his direction to either pause or stop the beat before the’ Don Dada’, as he’s fondly referred to, finally launched into an uninterrupted  set. Although he performed  “Si Boops Deh” and ‘Dolly My Baby,” he failed to deliver his more popular songs “Don Dada,”  “Nuff Man A Dead,” “Dem Nuh Worry We”, which may have explained a rather lukewarm reception.

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley’s son Joe followed with a brief five minute set as well as Cedella’s son Skip Marley before Stephen took the wings storming on stage with his Rastafarian flags in tow.  The most memorable set came from headliner Damian who proved why he was worth waiting for with a glitzy set that included dizzying lights and an electric performance which had the crowd on their feet for the remainder of the evening.

Damian Marley
Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news. She can be reached at @samanthaofole

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