The Original Wailers with I-chèle & The Circle d’Light -- Bob Marley Birthday Celebration!

February 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

On Tuesday, February 6, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, PharmFresh Flowers, Jamaica Joel’s and Twenty After Four proudly welcome The Original Wailers for a Bob Marley Birthday Celebration at the WOW Hall.  Eugene's very own I-chèle and The Circle d’Light will kick off the celebration.

On February 6 reggae music fans around the world honor the spirit of Bob Marley, who would have been 72 this year.   Marley helped create the reggae music style; he then took Jamaican music to the world and became an international superstar.

After recording several albums The Wailers disbanded in 1974, with each of the three main members pursuing a solo career; Bob Marley continued recording as "Bob Marley & The Wailers".  His new backing band included American Al Anderson on lead guitar.  Al can be heard playing on Marley’s international breakout hit “No Woman, No Cry” (his first hit outside Jamaica) and on the albums Natty Dread, Live, Babylon By Bus, Survival and Uprising.  He also backed Peter Tosh on the albums Legalize It and Equal Rights

After Marley's death, Anderson continued to tour with The Wailers Band.  Al went on to record with Ben Harper (Diamonds On the Inside 2003)) and also Lauryn Hill on her multi-Grammy winning debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998).  He also produced and performed on an album for actor Steven Seagal (Songs from the Crystal Cave 2005).  

Al Anderson is the sole member of the Bob Marley & The Wailers mid - 1970’s lineup in The Original Wailers.  The Original Wailers also include Chet Samuel (lead vocals / guitar), Omar Lopez (bass), Howard Smith (drums), and Adrian "AK" Cisneros (keyboards) who continue the legacy of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ music.  The Original Wailers received their own Grammy nomination in 2013 for their album Miracle -- making it Al’s second Grammy nomination.

For the Birthday Celebration, Anderson promises an exciting night of Marley’s well-known songs — the songs Anderson and the rest of The Wailers helped write and record — plus the band’s own Grammy Award-nominated originals, some sizzling solos, some jamming and lots of all-around high-energy fun.  These aren’t carbon copies of 70s Marley hits such as “No Woman, No Cry,” “Dem Belly Full” and “Curfew (Three O’Clock Road Block)" — all of which feature Anderson’s lead guitar work.

That’d be boring, Anderson says.

Instead, he and his band have added Latin, jazz and improv influences into the mix.  It’s something Anderson learned while working with both Jerry Garcia and the Allman Brothers.

“When they went off the grid and started to jam,” he says, “that’s when it really started to boil for me — bubble and boil.”

Al still thinks a lot about his time with Marley and The Wailers.  Those years —1973 to 1981 — were some of the best of his life.

“It was really magical,” says Al, “and lucky.”

Anderson says he’s continuing Marley’s legacy with The Original Wailers and also taking the music into the 21st Century.  It’s what Marley, himself, told him to do.  

I-chèle sings to drench the world in MUSICALOVE; she has been described as “SPIRITUALLY SEDUCTIVE”.  Her crew, The Circle d’Light, create a magic carpet of sensuous-passionate-rootsrockreggae that will touch you from your treble to your bass.  Her new elixir of “musical love”, Lost At the Love Station, contains messages about peace, love, awareness and perseverance. reports, “Based in Eugene, Oregon, I-chèle’s mystical mix of jazz, r&b, reggae and dub offers you a chill pill.  Take it.”

            Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.


Door Time: 
February 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
$20 Advance, $25 Day of Show