NEW HAVEN — It was just a blink of the eye ago (Sept. 15) that Ziggy Marley, oldest son of the late reggae king Bob Marley, played in New Haven at the College Street Music Hall — and now we’ve got one of Bob’s other sons, Julian “Ju Ju” Marley, coming to Toad’s Place Thursday night.
Bring it on — you can never have too much Marley!
Recommended VideoShowtime for Julian Marley & The Uprising is 9 p.m. (Doors at 8 p.m.) Tickets are $21 in advance or $26 day-of-show, available in advance at the Toad’s Box Office, 300 York St., or online at http://www.toadsplace.com. $1 from every ticket will go to the Ghetto Youths Foundation.
Julian Marley, 43, a roots reggae musician like his dad and several of his brothers, is the Grammy-nominated son of Bob Marley and Barbados-born Lucy Pounder.
Born in London on June 4, 1975, and raised by his mother, Julian Marley is the only one of his siblings to be raised in England, although he’s said to have visited his family, including brothers Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and Kymani in Jamaica frequently.
He has even played in a band, Ghetto Youths Crew, with brothers Damian, Stephen and Kymani Marley and Stephen’s son, JoMersa Marley.
“From a small age, music has been in my life, it was just a natural thing,” Julian said in a bio on his website.
While Julian’s father, who died in 1981, wasn’t there to personally shape him as a musician, he had plenty of great teachers in his formative years, including former Bob Marley & the Wailers members Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Chinna” Smith.
“I give thanks for the musical guidance I received from my father and continue to receive from my brothers,” he said in his bio. “It is with the inspiration of my family and the Most High that I create all of my songs today.”
In 2002, Julian and brothers Stephen and Damian incorporated Ghetto Youths International, Inc., the family-owned record label that was first founded by Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley in 1989.
For anyone who really can’t get enough Marley, the Stephen Marley Bandalso is coming to Connecticut. They’ll appear at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $56, available in advance at https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/.