Bob Marley 79th Birthday Week Events Start Tonight

Bob Marley loved to smoke spliffs.

Bob Marley would have been 79 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 cover his large songbook in recordings. Marley was also a legendary ganja smoker.

The big news is the Feb. 14 theatrical release of the Bob Marley: One Love biopic starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as Tuff Gong.

This weekend is the lead-up to Marley's birthday on Tuesday. Tribute events continue through next weekend. Here's a list of events:


Feb. 2

One Love: A Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; Legends, Forrest City, AR

Bob Marley's Birthday Bash; Arch Street Tavern; Hartford, CT; ft. Red Lion and HannaH's Field

Rastacoustic: Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; The Milk Parlor, Blacksburg, VA; ft. DJ Montana and more

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Zenbar, Waterbury Center, VT; ft. Mighty Mystic

22nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Herman's Hideaway, Denver, CO; ft. Alex Marley & the Rebel Band

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Saint Rocks, Hermosa Beach, CA

Marley Birthday Bash; Eastside Bowl, Nashville, TN


Feb. 3

27th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; Sony Hall, New York, NY (2 shows); ft. CCB Reggae All-Stars

A Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC; ft. Ric Mystic and more

Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge; Farmington Hills, MI

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Ocean Mist, Manutuck, RI; ft. Mystic Bowie

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Heroes Lounge, Dallas, TX; ft. DJ Jenz and more

Bob Marley Birthday BashThe Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary; Chicago, IL; ft. Roots Renegades and more

The Annual Bob Marley BDay Bash; Soundwell, Salt Lake City, UT; ft. Natural Roots and more

Bob Marley Birthday CelebrationOne Love Lounge Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge; Arlington, TX; ft. Muzikman and Jah Light

Bob Marley's Paint and Drank Party; Jonesboro, GA

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC

• Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Main Room at Showdown Complex; Omaha, NE


Feb. 4

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Bob Marley; Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY; ft. The Brooklyners 

Bob Marley Birthday Brunch; Jamaican Kitchen, Los Angeles, CA


Feb. 6

Musical Tribute to Bob; Emancipation Park, Kingston, JA; ft. Julian Marley, Marsha Griffiths, Capleton, Max Romeo and more

Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; SOB's, New York, NY; ft. Dahved Levy and DJ Norie

Bob Marley Birthday Paint Night; The Outlet for the Arts; Torrington, CT

Reggae Legends Tribute to Bob Marley; Morsberger's Tavern, Catonville, OH; DJ Seleh and more

Bob Marley Birthday Live Music Party; The Moon, Miami, FL; ft. Celia Evans


Feb. 7

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY; ft. Jah People


Feb. 8

Bob Marley's Birthday; Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY; ft. Mighty Mystic and Ignite


Feb. 9

Bob Marley Birthday Celebration; Alibi Ale Works, Truckee, CA

Bob Marley's Birthday Bash; Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA

Bob Marley Remembered; The Hook and the Ladder Theater, Minneapolis, MN (also on 2/10)


Feb. 10 

• Bob Marley 79th Birthday Bash, George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR; ft. Irie Lions and more

18th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute; Lee's Place, Toronto, ON; ft. Lazo & Exodus and more

Bob Marley Birthday Bash; High Noon Saloon (2 shiows), Madison, WI


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Steve Bloom

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