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Reggae music originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. By the 1970s, it made an imprint on international music, becoming popular in Britain, the Untied States, and various African countries. Its quick route to popularity is based largely in its reputation as the voice of the oppressed, a type of protest music. Keep reading to learn more about the history of reggae and why it is loved in performances around the world to this day...

Reggae was shaped by ska, a previous form of pop music in Jamaica, which Britannica calls the country’s “first indigenous urban pop style.” It was created by mobile discos in the 1950s, and it sounded much like the rhythm and blues created in New Orleans, Louisiana. What set it apart was its stronger folk influences and cutting-edge beats, borrowing heavily from other island music across the Caribbean. Maybe most notably to Western listeners, ska places emphasis on the offbeat. Like ska, reggae is recognized by popping off-beat emphasis, ground bass drum lines, and eclectic instrumental influences. In concert and in recording, these sounds come together in a vibrant, fresh, easy going sound.

On first listen, reggae sounds positive and ephemeral. However, the lyrics and themes offer greater complexity and serve a deeper purpose. What sound like vibrant, positive wails is actually forlorn, conflicting grievances bemoaned at the world. Dominant culture is critiqued as musicians explore race, class, colonialism, and oppression. Bright sounds are broken by sharp, shocking sounds of gunshots and threats. Inherently politicized, reggae has been both critiqued and praised for its attention to social and economic injustices. When the genre evolved into the 1970s, it was used to champion the Rastafarian movement, which supported the relocation of the African diaspora to Ethiopia, among other things.

Today, many listeners oversimplify reggae as a genre, reducing it to its highly commercialized, pop rock form, packaged by the entertainment industry. However, in concerts around the world, performers are carrying on the spirit of reggae, in style and message. Tracks like Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” John Holt’s “I’d Love You To Want Me,” Toots and Mayals’ “54-46 Was My Number,” Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” and Peter Tosh’s “Wanted Dread & Alive” give a glimpse into some popular tracks from reggae’s roots, and musicians continue to cover these popular pieces. In concert, the emotions and intentions that sometimes are lost through radio become clearer, as artists pour their souls into performances. To experience this for yourself, or to simply enjoy the popular sound of reggae, look into some concerts near you.

Reggae Music Events Near You

U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
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Oct 23, 2019
Wed 8:00 PM
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Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
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Oct 24, 2019
Thu 8:30 PM
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8x10 Club - Baltimore, MD
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Oct 25, 2019
Fri 8:00 PM
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Howard Theatre - DC - Washington, DC
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Oct 26, 2019
Sat 11:00 PM
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The Fillmore Silver Spring - Silver Spring, MD
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Nov 8, 2019
Fri 8:00 PM
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The Hamilton - Washington, DC
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Nov 14, 2019
Thu 7:30 PM
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Union Stage - DC - Washington, DC
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Nov 15, 2019
Fri 7:00 PM
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Howard Theatre - DC - Washington, DC
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Nov 30, 2019
Sat 11:00 PM
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9:30 Club - Washington, DC
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Dec 1, 2019
Sun 8:00 PM
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Union Stage - DC - Washington, DC
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Dec 2, 2019
Mon 8:00 PM
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Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
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Dec 3, 2019
Tue 8:00 PM
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Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
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Dec 14, 2019
Sat 9:00 PM
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The Crossroads - Kansas City, MO
Oct 21, 2019
Mon 8:00 PM
Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Oct 21, 2019
Mon 9:00 PM
Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
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Oct 22, 2019
Tue 7:00 PM
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State Theatre - MN - Minneapolis, MN
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Oct 22, 2019
Tue 7:30 PM
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Duling Hall - Jackson, MS
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Oct 22, 2019
Tue 7:30 PM
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Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
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Oct 22, 2019
Tue 9:00 PM
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Des Moines Civic Center - Des Moines, IA
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Oct 23, 2019
Wed 7:30 PM
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Neumos - Seattle, WA
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Wed 8:00 PM
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U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
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Madison Live - Covington - Covington, KY
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The Imperial - Vancouver, BC
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Music Farm - Charleston - Charleston, SC
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St. Augustine Amphitheatre - Backyard Stage - St. Augustine, FL
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Oct 24, 2019
Thu 7:00 PM
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Cafe DaVinci - Deland, FL
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Oct 24, 2019
Thu 7:00 PM
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Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
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Thu 8:00 PM
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Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR
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Thu 8:00 PM
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Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
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The Green Room - AZ - Flagstaff, AZ
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Iron City - Birmingham - Birmingham, AL
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Thu 8:00 PM
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Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
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Thu 8:30 PM
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Knitting Factory Spokane - Spokane, WA
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Oct 24, 2019
Thu 9:00 PM
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World Cafe Live - Upstairs - Philadelphia, PA
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Thu 9:00 PM
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Terra Fermata Tiki Bar - Stuart, FL
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Oct 25, 2019
Fri 6:00 PM
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Stage 722 - Portland, OR
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Fri 7:00 PM
Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
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Oct 25, 2019
Fri 7:00 PM
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8x10 Club - Baltimore, MD
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Oct 25, 2019
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Thunder Road - Somerville - Somerville, MA
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Oct 25, 2019
Fri 8:00 PM
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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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Oct 25, 2019
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House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach - North Myrtle Beach, SC
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Oct 25, 2019
Fri 8:30 PM
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Vegetable Buddies - South Bend, IN
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Fri 10:00 PM
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