Matisyahu, Toots & the Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Matisyahu, Toots & the Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Member Picks 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., July 14, 7 p.m. 2011

The soundtrack to The Harder They Come is still the best reggae compilation of all time—not to mention a long-standing high-ranking entry on my list of desert island discs. It’s probably no coincidence that it contains not one but two contributions from Toots & the Maytals; they were among the steadiest hands on the wheel of Jamaican popular music as it evolved from ska into reggae, and eyewitness accounts make it seem like they were so good they inspired actual fear in other artists (which I can understand). Can you even imagine what it must have been like for a reggae band to hear “Pressure Drop” on the radio and realize that’s their competition? It’s never a bad time to revisit 1972’s Funky Kingston (reissued by Universal in 2003), which provides (among other things) scientific proof that it’s possible to draw a deeply funky groove out of a John Denver song. —Miles Raymer

Price: $24.50-$80

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