In early October, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert received the Order of Jamaica, joining his reggae colleagues Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh in his country’s national honors club. Never one to rest on his laurels, Hibbert – who is synonymous with the band he founded, Toots & the Maytals – took to the road for an acoustic tour in support of his latest album, “Unplugged on Strawberry Hill.”
Hibbert, revered for his band’s groundbreaking blend of reggae, R&B, gospel, soul and folk music, is widely regarded as one of the founders of the form. Sometimes referred to as “the Otis Redding of Jamaican music,” Hibbert has been leading the Maytals since the early ’60s, when his brave melding of Jamaican ska with American R&B aided greatly in his country’s quest for cultural identity.
The legendary reggae progenitor will bring his acoustic tour to the Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino at 8 tonight. Joined by son Hopeton Hibbert on bass, drummer Paul Douglas, and backing vocalists Chantelle Ernandez and Elenore Walters, “Toots” will offer an intimate guided tour through his own history.
Tickets start at $50 (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
– Jeff Miers