A direct conduit to the roots of Jamaican reggae music, the Wailers have carried on the legacy of the late Bob Marley since the iconic singer passed away in 1981. Although the group’s only original member is bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, the band’s authenticity can’t be questioned. In terms of understanding and celebrating the essence of reggae – the groove – the Wailers remain in a class by themselves. And obviously, it doesn’t hurt that the band’s repertoire is composed of one of the finest bodies of work in popular music.

On Friday, as the Wailers arrive to headline a free show as part of the Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside Concert Series, the band will be joined by modern day reggae/roots music troubadours Giant Panda Guerilla and world music collective One World Tribe in a celebration of Carribbean music and its offshoots.

The Rocks Canalside weekend continues on Saturday with another free show, this one headlined by pop/soul/R&B crooning collective Bel Biv DeVoe.

Show time for both Friday and Saturday is 6 p.m. Additional information is available through

– Jeff Miers