Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The drum- and bass sounds of Reggae are once again making their way to the world-famous Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey for the second annual staging of Reggae at the Ritz. Marking the 47th year of Jamaica's Independence, internationally acclaimed Reggae legend Beres Hammond and iconic Reggae band Culture will make their first appearance at the Ritz Theatre on Sunday, August 2nd.

Last year's inaugural staging of Reggae at the Ritz saw Dancehall stalwart Buju Banton and reigning Dancehall superstar Mavado pack the Ritz Theatre with scores of enthusiastic fans for high energy, high paced performances. This year, in honor of the island's triumphant fight for

Tarrus Riley

liberation from British rule, Beres Hammond and Culture, both noted for breaking down international cultural and musical barriers for Reggae music, will grace the Ritz stage bringing more than 30 years of Jamaica's musical legacy with them. Also billed for the Reggae at the Ritz are young roots sensation Tarrus Riley and crooner Duane Stephenson.

"Jamaica is still a relatively young country, not even half-a century old," states Kacy Rankine of Road Block Radio, who, in partnership with Icon World Entertainment LLC, is presenting the second annual staging. "Independence still rings very near and dear to Jamaicans. It is only fitting that we present the kind of show that everyone-young and old-can enjoy, and present the very top of the top that Jamaica has to offer musically."

"Beres Hammond is a legend-his music is timeless," says Frank C. of Icon World Entertainment. "Culture was one of the first bands to break into the American mainstream, and Tarrus Riley is natural talent who has been highly revered despite being so young. This is going to be a great show!"

Launching his career in the early 1970s as the lead singer for Zap Pow, in the early 1980's Beresford Hammond embarked on one of the longest and most successful solo careers in Jamaican music. From his first two hit singles "Groovy Little Thing" and "What One Dance Can Do" in 1985 to his international hit "Putting Up a Resistance" in the early '90s to his current hit single "I Feel Good," Hammond has an extensive catalogue of chart-topping local and international hits that has easily made him one of the most respected and sought after Reggae singers. His 2008 "Moment In Time" tour has seen cameos from the likes of famed actor Leon and his Reggae/Soul band the Peoples and American pop-star Alicia Keys

Iconic Reggae band Culture
In 2002, Rolling Stone Magazine named the '50 Coolest Records' of all time-the only Reggae album to make the list was Culture's 1977 masterpiece Two Sevens Clash. In 1976, the late Joseph Hill, Albert Walker, and Kenneth Dayes set out on a musical journey that would eventually earn them a cult-like following in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and the United States. At the time of Rolling Stone's very first Rolling Stone Record Guide publication, Culture was the only band of any genre whose music received a perfect five star rating. "See Them a Come," "Two Sevens Clash," and "Stop Fussing and Fighting," are among dozens of Culture hits from their more than 20 released albums.

The 2nd Annual Reggae at the Ritz featuring Beres Hammond, Culture, Tarrus Riley, and Duane Stephenson, will take place at the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, NJ on Sunday, August 2nd. Limited advanced tickets are currently on sale for $49.99 (balcony), $79.99 (rear orchestra), $99.99 (orchestra and mezzanine), and $120 (VIP front orchestra). For more information, log on to or To purchase tickets, log on to or call the Ritz Theatre Box Office at 908-352-1919 (note: VIP Orchestra seats can only be ordered through the Ritz Box Office).

For more information about Reggae at the Ritz call 973-573-8154 or 973-932-6599.

For media requests contact Ms. RAINE INC. at or 347-492-3977.



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