Great Barrington, Mass.- Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; his career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups.
Toots and The Maytals (initially just The Maytals) have been working together since the 1960s and are even credited with having coined the term reggae on their 1968 single “Do The Reggay.”
In the Berkshire area, music lovers can see Reggae legends Toots and the Maytals-led by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert live on stage when they perform an unplugged acoustic concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm.
“We can’t wait for an amazing night of reggae and ska at the Mahaiwe during this 50th anniversary tour by Toots and the Maytals. We anticipate a lot of dancing in the aisles,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.
The band won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy. Toots and the Maytals remains a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Toots received another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release Light Your Light. In recent years, Toots has toured with The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and Los Lonely Boys.
Tickets and Location
With the appearance at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center scheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm, it’s time to think about securing tickets which are priced from $41 to $46. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. For tickets and information, go to www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
More about the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, “Live in HD” broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. In 2005, the theater experienced a renaissance as a beautifully restored 681-seat venue to offer a broad range of cultural and community events. Today’s “Mahaiwe Mix” of diverse, high quality programming strives to provide meaningful, memorable entertainment for all ages and interests.