The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) brings authentic reggae poet, singer and songwriter Taj Weekes and his band Adowa to the Ice House in concert on Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. The public concert concludes two days of assemblies with Weekes in Paw Paw and Warm Springs Middle School as part of MAC’s long-running Adopt-A-School program.
Hailing from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Taj Weekes has an expanded approach to reggae incorporating sounds from vintage Ethiopian funk jazz to roots rock, from Deep South blues to West African percussion. His gritty tenor and lilting guitar are perfect for poetic lyrics that tells tales of hardship and hope. He has reflected musically on the impact of Hurricane Katrina, the twisted tragedy of Darfur and the careless destruction of the Gulf oil spill. Weekes and Adowa balance elegant melodies with rich strings, purring percussion, bluesy harmonica licks and funky, funky keys.
Weekes tours regularly in Europe, the United States and Caribbean. Weekes’ award-winning album Deidem was short listed for Grammy consideration as best reggae album.
Funding for the concert is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Commission of the Arts and local hotel/motel taxes. School activities receive additional funds from the Morgan County Schools.
The Ice House is located at Independence and Mercer in downtown Berkeley Springs. Reservations are encouraged for the evening performance. Call MAC at 304-258-2300.
Where: Independence and Mercer in downtown Berkeley Springs
When: Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m
Contact: Morgan Arts Council 304-258-2300