Stephen Marley Brings the Love to Brooklyn Bowl

Stephan Marley on stage at Brooklyn Bowl in New York on July 2.

Let me hear you say "Love!" Stephen Marley repeated at Brooklyn Bowl on July 2. The crowd responded enthusiastically each time. Marley and his band performed three hours of roots and dancehall reggae.

Mixing originals and songs by his father, Marley kept the crowd enthralled, Among the Bob songs he played were "Waiting in Vain, "Is This Love, "Could You Be Loved," "Buffalo Soldiers," "Three Little Birds," "Jammin'" and "Lively Up Yourself."

Stephen Marley: "Don’t worry about a thing."

The band included former Melody Makers drummer Squiddly Cole, and special appearances were made by Marley's sons, Jo Mersa and Johan.

Before the show, on his tour bus, Marley told me that he and brother Ziggy and sister Cedella (three quarters of the Melody Makers - sister Sharon was the fourth singing member) have been talking about a reunion.

Both Ziggy and Stephen have new albums; Stephen's The Fruit of Life: Revelation Pt. II is due out on July 22.

As far as the family's new line of ganja products, Marley Natural, he said his favorite strain is the Sensi Star indica. All strains have to be approved by Ziggy and Stephen, though Cedella runs the company.

Marley's tour continues through July 24. Check out the dates here.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.