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Reggae musician plays at 101 Bar and Grill

Reggae recording artist Junior Toots, with The Fyah Squad Band, will perform a free concert on Thursday, June  27, at the 101 Bar and Grill in Harbor.

The two-hour plus concert is schedule to start between 9:30 and 10 p.m. This is a 21-and-older event.

“It’s going to a fun night of reggae and good vibes,” said owner Austin Tidwell.

The concert is part of Tidwell’s effort to bring popular, outside artists to the Brookings area. 

According to his web site, Toots, son of reggae legend Toots Hibbert, of the Toots & The Maytals, grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to the United States during high school. 

After working on both his rapping and singing skills, he released his first song “Praise Jah” (in 1989). Four EPs soon followed including: “Harder and Harder,” “Dangerous Living,” “Poor People Feel It,” and “Nothing to Gain.” 

After years of touring, Toots decided to take time to develop and define his own style and launch his solo career. This began with the album “Living Roots” in 2006. His latest album “A Little Bit of Love,” was released in March of 2012. The album delivers positive music that mixes up styles such as roots reggae, ska and R&B, according to his web site.

Currently on a West Coast tour, his stop in Brookings will include the traditional four-piece reggae band The Fyah Squad Band.

More information about Junior Toots can be found online at www.juniortoots.com.

The concert is free, but Tidwell will be paying the band and covering the cost of their hotel room for the night.

“It really is a treat for the community,” Tidwell said.

The 101 Bar & Grill at the corner of Highway 101 and West Benham Lane. 

For more information call 541-661-0515.

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