Reggae groups Iration and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro have announced a co-headlining show at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre set for the late spring of 2019. Iration and UB40 will welcome legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals as well as Fortunate Youth, Fiji and Nattali Rize for a night of great reggae on Thursday, May 23 (Tickets).
Formed in Santa Barbara, CA - but with all its members originally hailing from Hawaii - Iration fuse traditional reggae and dub with rock to create a good time party atmosphere at their shows. The group released a self-titled album in 2018 which contains collaborations with like-minded reggae artists Slightly Stoopid, J Boog and more.
Famed British reggae band UB40 are perhaps most well known for their 1983 reggae hit “Red Red Wine,” but have been steadily releasing new music and performing live ever since. Their latest is a single titled “You Haven’t Called,” which came out in January of 2019.
Along with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his band The Maytals practically invented the reggae genre. Their 1968 single, “Do the Reaggy,” certainly coined the genre’s name. Toots’ influence on reggae music and beyond is immeasurable and bands like Iration and UB40 are undoubtedly heavily influenced by the reggae legend. You can check out a number of Toots' greatest hits in the video below.
Don’t miss your chance to catch Iration, UB40, Toots and the Maytals and more when they come to Red Rocks on May 23.