Celebrating Bob: Marley 78th Birthday Weekend Event Guide

Bob Marley 1945-1981

Bob Marley would have been 78 years old on Feb. 6. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1945 and grew up to become the greatest reggae musician of all time. Marley died in 1981 from cancer. His children have kept the music alive as have many other bands who pay tribute to Bob live as well as covering his large songbook with recordings. Marley was also a legendary ganja smoker.

This weekend is the lead-up to Feb. 6 and features many tribute shows. Here's a four-day list:


Feb. 3

The Sound, Del Mar, CA - Ziggy Marley: A Live Tribute to His Father

Admore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA - Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Jah Works, Omar's Hat, Solomonic Sound System

The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT - Mystic Bowie

The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT - Natural Roots, Sun Divide, Fobland Sound

HopMonk Tavern, Sebastapol, CA - Sol Horizon, DJ Jacques

2Funky Music Cafe, Leicaster, UK - The Marley Experience

Sunny Banks Hills, Leeds, UK


Feb. 4

 The Sound, Del Mar, CA - Ziggy Marley: A Live Tribute to His Father

Cervantes Masterpiece and the Other Side, Denver, CO - Wake Up and Live

High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI - Mama T (The People Brothers Band), members of Natty Nation

Lit, Birmingham, AL - DJ Trini Fresh, DJ Pumpkin

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT - comedian Bob Marley

THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, ON

The Fernie Legion, Fernie, BC

Boisdal Canary Wharf, London, UK 

Patronaat, Harlem, The Netherlands


Feb. 5

Sony Hall, New York, NY - CCB Reggae All-Stars

Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA - Prezident Brown, Arkaingelle, Selassie Ites, DJ Councilor

Ottobar, Baltimore, MD


Feb. 6

• Visit the Bob Marley One Love Experience in Hollywood, CA

SOB's, New York, NY - BLVO H3RO, Johnnygo Figure, DJ Ayanna Heaven

City Winery, Boston, MA - Duppy Conquerors

Halo Ultra Lounge, St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados - DJ Lil Rick


Marley Reading Room

How Chris Blackwell Turned Bob into a Rock

Family Tree: Bob's 13 Kids

Bob's Best Ganja Tunes and Spliff Pics

Family Says Bob Dug Psilocybin

Obama Visits Marley Museum


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