Ziggy Marley announces summer tour dates, shares new studio track

Summer just wouldn’t be complete without at least one member of the Marley family hitting the road. Good news, then, that Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of the late Bob Marley, has announced a summer tour kicking off June 17 at Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas. The tour is bookended by two pairs of festival dates, an April 22 appearance with the Marley Brothers at KayaFest in Miami and a May 5 date at Sun Fest (click here for tickets) in West Palm Beach, Fla., then two U.K. shows: Aug. 12 at Boomtown Festival in Winchester and Aug. 13 at Boarmasters Festival in Newquay. The full itinerary can be found below.

In addition to his tour dates, Marley has released a new studio track, “See Dem Fake Leaders,” his first new material since the self-titled album he released in May. Contrary to the expectations set by the title, the percussion-heavy track doesn’t allude to any one leader in particular, instead calling out all who rule by spreading fear and waging war. “If only they could lead the world to peace and prosperity,” Marley laments.

On March 31, Marley will release a recording of his appearance on KCRW’s tastemaking “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Last August, Marley joined host Jason Bentley in the radio station’s Santa Monica studio to perform an extended set of music that featured two tracks from Ziggy Marley (“Start It Up” and “Butterflies”), as well as selections from his work with the Melody Makers (“Conscious Party” and “Look Who’s Dancing”) and solo cuts (“Fly Rasta,” “Black Cat,” “Tomorrow People” and “True to Myself”).

Although surprisingly young for an artist whose recording career stretches back more than three decades (he only turned 48 in October), Marley remains a crucial link to reggae’s 1970s heyday, when his father became an icon of a genre and a movement. The younger Marley often acknowledges those family ties in concert, performing classics like “Is This Love,” “One Love” and “Could You Be Loved.”

Ziggy Marley’s 2017 summer tour dates:
April 22 – Miami, FL – KayaFest (with the Marley Brothers)
May 5 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sun Fest (click here for tickets)
May 7 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
June 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
June 20 — Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery (click here for tickets)
June 23 – Portland, OR – Edgefield Amphitheater
June 25 – Victoria, British Columbia – Victoria International Jazz Festival
June 26 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 28 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – SaskatchewanJazz Festival
July 1 – Bayfield, WI – Laker Superior Big Top
July 3 – Cleveland, OH – Hard Rock Live
July 5 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
July 8 – Westhampton Beach, NY – Performing Arts Center
July 9 – Marshfield, MA – Levitate Festival
July 11 – Nantucket, MA – Chicken Box
July 12 – Nantucket, MA – Chicken Box
July 15 – Fredricksberg, VA – Celebrate Virginia
Aug. 12 – Winchester, England – Boomtown Festival
Aug. 13 – Newquay, England – Boardmasters Festival