Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Get up, Stand up 

Wednesday, Dec 18 2013
Comments

In a career that has spanned three decades (and counting), Jamaican reggae artist Stevie Culture has done it all — backup singer to reggae all-stars like Dennis Brown, leader of his own acclaimed band, and producer of new Jamaican singers. Culture has earned the right to take an expansive view with his songs, which echo with familiar music templates, especially roots reggae, and also showcase political and philosophical lyrics. You dance at a Stevie Culture concert, but your head also spins with ideas — including about reggae itself. At a concert a few years ago, for example, Culture told his fans, "Reggae music has evolved into something that I don't even know what it is anymore. All they talk about is their blings, and their cars, and their rims, and how much money they are making, and who is the bigger star. And reggae is not all about that. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer did not fight the system for reggae to be that. We fight for reggae to defend equal rights and justice." Culture then performed one of his best-known songs, "No More," with the audience singing along and dancing the night away.


Thu., Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m., 2013

About The Author

Jonathan Curiel

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular