The Marley Crew Set History Inside the Dub Club

The Marley crew tour will break for 2 weeks before re-grouping in Jamaica to perform at Sumfest in Montego Bay on July 27th. Then they head overseas to Puerto Rico, Spain and England. And their North American tour continues on the east coast August to September.

Backstage (L to R): Guitar Player Ranoy Gordon, Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick, Peter Mott of KJLH & Drummer Courtney “Bam” Diedrick.        Photo Credits: Lyndon Johnson & Alma Leon

 

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley and the Ghetto Youth Crew put on one of the greatest show ever inside the Dub Club.  Jr. Gong set lasted over 2 hours and he sang over 27 tunes for his LA fans.

A west coast tour that started 2 weeks before in Oregon, takes route through San Diego to Santa Barbara then to Hollywood,  ended at the corner of Glendale Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard at The Echoplex known to the reggae fans as the Dub Club.

Sunday night the Marley crew were in front of a large sell out crowd of over 17,000 fans inside the Hollywood Bowl and 3 days later at a much smaller and more intimate night spot at full capacity of 1,600.

The Marley crew set the bar high for acts to follow when they did 3 hours plus high energy non-stop stage action from the Ghetto Youths Crew to the Marley brothers.

The Ghetto Youths set it off with Jo Mersa who passed it down to Black Am I to Christopher Ellis, who did a few of his dad’s, Alton Ellis’ songs before passing it to Wayne Marshall.

Marshall rocked the crowd with some of his earlier dancehall songs, even asked the crowd to raise their hands if they like reggae artiste Bounty Killer and ended by giving a shout out to all the beautiful ladies in the club.

After Marshall set ended, the band broke for preparation to bring out the “Jamrock” artist and his brother.

The tall long dread locks Jr. Gong walked on the stage at midnight with his two female back up singers, Rovleta Fraser and Roselyn Williams.

His first song was “Confrontation” and he immediately moved into a long song list such as “Set Up Shop” to “Make It Bun Dem” to “More Justice” to “Hey Girl” to “Beautiful” to “There For You” to “Despair” dashing tunes after tunes from a variety of his albums.

By the time Gong reached his 17th song, his older brother Stephen Marley joined him on stage with a collaborated rendition of their dad’s song “So Much Trouble In the World” then followed by “The Mission,” “The Traffic Jam” and the list goes on.

Special guest Spragga Benz was called out in the early morning. The Turban head wrapped ‘Bobo Dread’ artist entered the stage with “Rasta Run The World,” and moved into a few more songs before exiting.

As Gong and Stephen were winding down their hour long act, the entire crew were called back to join them on stage including Ziggy’s son David, and they did a piece on stage. Marshall also gave the crowd a small taste of his chart topping song “Go Hard.”

Wayne Marshall will be releasing his next album in a few months with Damian Jr. Gong Marley as the executive producer.

After the group act ended, they all exited the stage including the band members. But the crowd wanted more and shouted encore, encore repeatedly.

Band members slowly approach the stage resuming to their respective positions. The Gong made his final appearance and drop his hit song “Welcome to Jamrock” and then closed out with his dad’s song “Could you Be Love.”

Dub Club promoter and Deejay Tom Chasteen said in amazed that it was the highest energy he had seen since his years of working the Wednesday night club.

The satisfied fans exited the club slowly but orderly incident free with a great appreciation for the Marley possé.

After the show, CaribPress chatted with a few members of the band.

Guitar player Ranoy Gordon, said although he was playing for Jr. Gong he is originally a 7 year veteran with Stephen Marley’s band.

Drummer Courtney “Bam” Diedrick and keyboard player, Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick are brothers and said they enjoy playing at these smaller spot like the Dub Club because the audience is upfront and close compared to a larger venue where the crowd is spread out.

The brothers are both 10 years foundation members with Damian Marley’s band. Sean also told CaribPress that Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley and Baby G, King Jammy’s son, are the driving forces for his career success at present and playing in Damian’s band is very rewarding.

The Marley crew tour will break for 2 weeks before re-grouping in Jamaica to perform at Sumfest in Montego Bay on July 27th. Then, they head to Puerto Rico, Spain and England. Their east coast North American tour will run between August to September.

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