Two reader reviews of Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals arrived at Crystal Bay for the Vernal Equinox. The predominantly Spring Break crowd may have been discussing tomorrow on the slopes, but Toots definitely brought the heat of Jamaica to Tahoe during the show.Though he didnt hit the stage until 10:30 p.m., the wait was worth it, and the Breeze rocked to all of Toots hits. The crowd really got into singing along to Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, Sweet and Dandy and every other song that evening. As he had the microphone in hand for every number, I could see my True Love CD wouldnt get autographed. Still, I managed to squeeze myself to the stage where I was able to take his hand and even get a little dance spin around with him from the stage. He was obviously happy to be with an enthusiastic audience and interacted with all the fans at the stage who were vying for his attention.The band members were completely in touch with the music and each displayed his or her talent as Toots introduced and showcased each of them. The energy of the room was off the chart as the lead guitarist emulated Hendrix by picking out a tune with his teeth, followed by Toots dancing like James Brown.When they left the stage, we all began cheering for an encore.Give it up! came the reply, encouraging the crowd to increase our volume to bring them back to the stage. They returned to blast us with more tunes into the midnight hour. We all dug down deep to dance, or at least jump, a little more. The concert ended on this high note and we all left smiling.
Performing before an over-sold crowd, Toots and the Maytals delivered a time-tough reggae revue at the Breeze Nightclub on March 21. His classic concert has stood the test of time, and continues to bring people to Do the Reggay. What Mick Jagger is to rock and roll, Toots is to reggae music. The iconic star has been dominating the reggae scene for over four decades. He began performing with the ska-based Maytals back in the 1960s, and Toots ska background presented itself on Tuesday when the band would climatically increase the tempo at the end of each song, bringing it to a spirited finale.With a charismatic smile and an engaging style, Toots relentless energy radiated onto the audience. For those lucky fans in the front row, he knocked their fists and shook there hands like a politician looking for votes. However, for those merely within earshot, the rather large assembly of people was hard to infiltrate.The legendary Jamaican reggae star threw down a class act performance, playing his hit songs, 54-46, Funky Kingston, and Reggae Got Soul. Yet, it was the John Denver cover Country Roads that blew the roof off the house.
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