Legendary saxophonist, roots reggae band close out Harbor Concert Series

Sep 05, 2019
Glen DaCosta from Bob Marley & The Wailers.

ROCKPORT — Attention dancers and music lovers! Necessary Music Productions is excited to be collaborating with Rockport Harbor Master Abbie Leonard and Flatbread Company to host the Harbor Concert Series in Marine Park. The legendary Jamaican saxophonist Glen DaCosta, from Bob Marley & The Wailers, and Maine's finest roots reggae band, Royal Hammer, will wrap up the season.

The Harbor Concert Series returns on Sunday, Sept. 15, and will feature Royal Hammer with an opening set from DaCosta, who has been a member of The Wailers for 45 years and played with Bob Marley for most of the '70s. This will be a serious reggae revival and great bash to close out the summer! Arrive at 4 p.m. with your chairs and towels for the lawn; live music will start at 5 p.m. and run to around 8 p.m. Admission is by donation and proceeds will support two groups (to be announced) that help Rockport and Knox County, with buckets available on arrival and circulating through the crowds periodically.

Food and beverages, including craft beer and wine, will be available for purchase from Flatbread Company. North Haven oysters in the half shell are available as well, as supplies last.

The Harbor Concert Series is a joint project of Harbor Master Abbie Leonard and the Town of Rockport, Flatbread Company, and Necessary Music Productions; with supporting sponsorships from Rockport's Holiday on the Harbor Committee, Maine Root Soda Co., Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company, North Haven Oyster Company, Rockport Harbor Hotel and RAYR - the wine shop. These monthly concerts are a great place for folks to catch up with the community in a family-friendly and beautiful environment.

Parking is above at the old school site by the intersection of Rte. 1 and Rte. 90 with a five-minute walk down to the harbor.

For more information, call 390-0987, email necessarymusicme@gmail.com, or visit the Facebook event page.

About the performers

Glen DaCosta worked with Bob Marley long before he became a superstar, beginning back in early 1972 at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Blackheart Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, where Marley was passing through with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. At the time, DaCosta was there as a regular studio musician, and since Marley knew and liked his work, he asked DaCosta to do saxophone arrangements for some of his songs. That was the start of a decade during which DaCosta spent a great deal of time with Marley. DaCosta did scores of shows and concerts together with Bob Marley & The Wailers (including the 1979 Survival Tour), and his own amazing reggae band, Zap Pow, recorded at least six albums with numerous songs and toured extensively. His recordings with Zap Pow are considered some of the foundational work of Jamaican reggae from the early- and mid-1970s. DaCosta will be starting The Wailers fall tour in Arizona a week after this harbor concert.

Royal Hammer is a five-piece roots reggae collective from Portland. Comprised of some of Portland’s most talented and seasoned musicians, Royal Hammer has for many years paid thoughtful and respectful homage to the great traditions of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Roots Radics and many others. Fresh off the release of its debut album, "My Bubble," Royal Hammer has begun spreading its message of love, hope and justice to a broader audience. Fronted by lead singer, guitar player and arranger Michael J. Taylor (Rustic Overtones, the Awesome), Royal Hammer is comprised of Gary Gemmiti (Rustic Overtones) on drums, Tyler Quist (Jaw Gems, the Awesome) on keyboards, Stu Mahan (London Souls, Nat Osborne) on the low end, and Lucas Desmond (Model Airplane, Kenya Hall Band) on the horn. Among its long list of accomplishments, Royal Hammer has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Barrington Levy and Midnite, as well as backing up international reggae artists Marty Dread and Glen DaCosta of the Wailers. The recently departed Dave Noyes was a founding member on trombone and his loss is felt by all the fans of the band. Viva La Dave Noyes!

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