The steady but hushed hums that have been circulating all year about the Welcome To Jamrock concert, have now turned into robust conversation pieces for fans of the remarkable December event. The conversations in the industry are now loud and powerful, because the official show date is out, as well as the list of a few of the stars that will grace the stage on Friday, December 21 at the Constant Spring Football field (Jamaica).
Leading the charge - as usual - are the cream of Reggae’s rich and fertile crop, who have all represented the Reggae and Jamaican brands well in their respective careers, and who have all taken the music to remote corners of the globe with enthusiastic receptions there. The Marley brothers head the list, with solid tunes behind their names, backed up by robust sales for their respective albums, and firm stage performance reputations.
Joining the list of greats this year is the humble yet powerful Tarrus Riley - a Reggae meteor- if ever there were a comparison to make. He has shot into the sky like a comet, joining a host of stars each shining brightly with the Reggae light. He floats into the line up this year buoyed by a string of memorable, conscious and motivational tunes, such as Stay With You, She’s Royal, Beware, all packed into the album Parables.
The humble, wise, yet unassuming Tarrus has been dazzling under the media spotlight because of the weight of his songs. They have saturated the airwaves and the sessions, and his images have been splattered all across local cable and television stations in heated response to the tunes.
The promoters know he’ll be a perfect blend with a show that features several other powerful stars, who for now, they’re not yet telling much.
Plans are advanced to make sure the venue meets respectable and comfortable standards that the show has been known for. “When all the lights are put in place, it is a delightful spot in Kingston”, claims Rupert Bent, of BentSpeare Entertainment, producers of the concert.
Joining the team to make it possible are special and committed sponsors. They include Appleton Jamaica Rum, Hilton Kingston, Kingston Beer, Ticket Animal, RJR Group, The Jamaica Gleaner, Wisynco, and Air Jamaica. The producers add that several more are to be announced in the weeks to come.