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      October 17, 2017

      Tuesday   9:00 PM

      1011 Pacific Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

      Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

      Damian Jr Gong Marley, once known as the The Youngest Veteran by his fellow artists, is now an elder in the game whos not afraid to speak his mind out of respect for the music and culture he lovesand for the divine spirit of humanity in all of us. His highly-anticipated 18-track studio album, Stony Hill is set to drop on his birthday, July 21,2017 - 11 years since his last solo album Welcome To Jamrock. The lyrically profound and largely self-produced Stony Hill maintains the element of hardness from Jam-Rock to Stony, arriving at a moment when the rhythms of the Caribbean are all over the pop chartswith mostly light-hearted lyrical content. Stony Hills timing couldnt bebetter.No punk can finish where Bob Marley startedwe have to stand for the integrity of the music, Marley says of the inspiration of his album. Its good to get some music out there that points to the foundation, the spirituality of it, says Jr. Gong. You dont have to turn into a clown to sell the music, Damian continues, chastising those whose appeal isbased on stunts and gimmicks. The album Stony Hill takes its title from the Kingston neighborhood where Damian grew up, a relatively well-to-do residential neighborhood just a short drive away from Half Way Tree, the city crossroads that marks the dividing linebetween uptown and downtown. The young Gong grew up seeing every side of life. Some people were critics of a song like Jamrock, he admits. They say Well, you didnt come from the ghetto. But its not about where you come from. Coming from uptown doesnt mean you cant care about people who dont live where you live. Furthermore,Jamaica is so small that nowhere is far.Its definitely not just a collection of songs, Damian says of the new album, where like we just grab a bunch of singles and were finished. Its a body of work that we focused on. But then again it wasnt too super-premeditated either. It just so happens that this is how Im feeling right now and what I feel like saying right now. Though a handfulof tracks date all the way back to 2008, Damian says he locked in on the album last October and has been working nonstop since then to complete the project, which ranks as his strongest album to date. So much has changed in his life and in the world since he first began. Its easier to be a critic than to be a visionary, Damian continues. Its easier to criticize the path that were on, and much harder to try to carve out a new path to follow. When it come to conscious reggae music, a lot of the songs that you listen to tell you to Bash Babylon! But not a lot of them tell you what to do after youre finished bashing Babylon. Bashing Babylonhow would I say now?that dont make you successful. Where to go after there? Jr Gong, the youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the Reggae category, taking home an award for Best Urban/Alternative performance for his title single, Welcome To Jamrock. The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough albumWelcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in collaboration with Nas on their Distant Relatives project, and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track Make It Bun Dem, which Rolling Stone called amonster mash up of dubstep and dancehall. Damian recently toured for the first time ever in Africa - making stops in Kenya, Durban, Johannesburg and Ethiopia; in addition to his European tour, visiting over 10 countries. This fall, he will hit the road again in the US in support of his new album. For tour dates and more information

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