ROCKPORT — Attention dancers and music lovers! Necessary Music Productions is collaborating with Rockport Harbor Master Abbie Leonard and Rockport’s Flatbread Company to host the Harbor Concert Series in Marine Park, Rockport Harbor.
To wrap up the season, Necessary Music is bringing Jamaican Saxophonist Glen DaCosta, from Bob Marley and The Wailers, and Maine's Roots Reggae provisionists, Royal Hammer.
The Harbor Concert Series returns on Sunday, Sept. 15 and will feature Royal Hammer with an opening set from Jamaican Reggae Sax player Glen DaCosta, who has been a member of The Wailers for 45 years and played with Bob Marley for most of the 70s.
“This will be a serious Reggae Revival and great bash to wrap up the summer!” said Necessary Music, in a news release.
Arrive at 4 p.m. with your chairs and towels for the lawn; live music will start at 5 p.m. and run to around 8 p.m. Admission is by donation and will support 2 groups that help Rockport and Knox County. Donation buckets will be found arrival and will circulate through the crowds periodically.
Food and beverages (including craft beer and wine) will be available for purchase from Flatbread Co. With some North Haven oysters in the half shell as well, til they are gone.
The Harbor Concert Series is a joint project of Harbor Master Abbie Leonard, Flatbread Company, and Necessary Music Productions with supporting sponsorships from Rockport's Holiday on the Harbor Committee, Maine Root Soda Co, Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company, North Haven Oyster Company, Flatbread Company, Rockport Harbor Hotel, and RAYR - the wine shop.
This last concert of the summer series highlights Maine Reggae Roots Music.
Parking will be up above at the old school site by intersection of Route 1 and Route 90, with a 5 minute walk down to the harbor.
Glen DaCosta worked with Bob Marley long before he became a superstar, beginning back in early 1972 at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Blackheart Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, where Marley was passing through with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, according to Necessary Music. At the time Glen DaCosta was there as a regular studio musician, and since Marley knew and liked his work he asked him to do saxophone arrangements for some of his own songs. That was the start of a decade during which Glen DaCosta spent much time with Bob Marley.
Glen DaCosta did scores of shows and concerts together with Bob Marley & The Wailers (including the 1979 Survival Tour w/ video link below) and his own Reggae band Zap Pow recorded at least six albums with numerous songs and toured extensively.
His recordings with Zap Pow are considered some of the foundation work of Jamaican Reggae from the early and mid 1970s. Glen will be starting The Wailers fall tour, 1 week after the concert in the harbor, at the Rialto Theatre, Tuscan, AZ, on September 22.
Royal Hammer is a 5-piece roots reggae collective from Portland. Royal Hammer has for many years paid thoughtful and respectful homage to the great traditions of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Roots Radics and many others. Fresh off the release of its debut album, My Bubble, Royal Hammer has begun spreading their message of love, hope, and justice to a broader audience.
Fronted by lead singer, guitar player, and arranger, Michael J. Taylor (Rustic Overtones, the Awesome), Royal Hammer is, Gary Gemmiti (Rustic Overtones) on drums, Tyler Quist (Jaw Gems, the Awesome) on keyboards, Stu Mahan (London Souls, Nat Osborne) on the low end, and on the horn Lucas Desmond (Model Airplane, Kenya Hall Band).
Among their long list of accomplishments, Royal Hammer has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Barrington Levy, and Midnite as well as backing up international reggae artists Marty Dread and Glen DaCosta of the Wailers. The recently departed Dave Noyes was a founding member on trombone and his loss is felt by all the fans of the band, accorrding to Necessary Music.
Band and Performance Links :
Glen DaCosta on FB https://www.facebook.com/glen. dacosta.714
Glen DaCosta on Web http://glendacostamusic.com/ index.html
The Wailers on Web https://www.thewailers.net/ the-band/
The Wailers 2019 Survival 40th Anniversary Tour on Web https://www.thewailers.net/ tour/
Zap Pow Bio on Trojan Records Website https://trojanrecords.com/artist/zap-pow/
Zap Pow Again CD Review (2016) https://www.reggae-vibes.com/reviews/2017/11/zap-pow-zap-pow-again/
Bob Marley & The Wailers Survival Tour '79 Santa Barbara, CA w/ Glen DaCosta on Saxophone https://youtu.be/imfiY8ZVZ0g? t=86
Glen DaCosta - Magic Touch (produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry) https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=3ZIuMg1qShI
Royal Hammer on FB https://www.facebook.com/ royalhammer/
Royal Hammer on Reverb Nation https://www.reverbnation.com/ royalhammer
Royal Hammer @ Portland House Of Music 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=y9ezhK_YGZo
Royal Hammer @ Bayside Bowl 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=y48eH8p-4JA