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UB40 BRINGS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN EIGHT YEARS TO THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Published: Oct 9, 2015
Grammy-nominated Reggae pioneers UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are bringing their exuberant, tantalizing stage show to the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m.
Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40, reunites with original bandmates including the exceedingly talented percussionist/trumpeter/vocalist Astro and outstanding keyboardist Virtue, for a night of pop-infused reggae classics. The trio along with a seven-piece band will play all the hits that catapulted them to the forefront of the ubiquitous musical landscape including “Red, Red Wine,” “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love,” “Kingston Town,” “One in Ten” and “Food for Thought.”
Concertgoers will also be treated to new material from the band’s latest album release Silhouette. Recorded in London’s renowned RAK Studios, Silhouette is an inspired mix of freshly minted new songs and sparkling, reggaefied cover versions of classics by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Chi-Lites and others. The track Silhouette was originally a 1957 hit for the American doo-wop group The Rays, although this new take owes more to an early 1970s version by the crown prince of reggae, the late, great Dennis Brown.
Formed in 1979, UB40 helped define reggae music for a generation. The pioneering reggae troupe topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, earned multiple Grammy nominations and sold 70 million records as it took a smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.