Ziggy Marley is a reggae artist through and through, but despite being the son of Jamaican music’s most famous ambassador, Marley the younger is not coasting on reggae’s legacy. Rather, he continues to push the form, offering hybrids of reggae’s deep grooves with rock, pop, alternative and funk influences. “Fly Rasta,” Ziggy’s latest, finds the artist marrying Rastafarian philosophy to a restlessly inventive pan-cultural music. It’s a music that, of course, pays tribute to his father’s legacy. But it’s also a music that is looking to the future, not the past, and is eager to forge new relationships.
In concert, Ziggy Marley always has offered a proud, commanding and noble presence. Backed by some of modern reggae’s finest musicians, Ziggy fearlessly blends songs from throughout his 25-year career with pieces from his father’s peerless catalog. That’s what he did in shows at Artpark and the Town Ballroom in recent years, and that’s what he will be doing again at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when he returns to Artpark with guests Steel Pulse – another band with a serious reggae legacy to celebrate.
General admission tickets are $6 advance, $11 after Sunday. A limited number of VIP tickets are $26 (www.artpark.net).
– Jeff Miers