Heatin' Up the Tropics for 50 Years, Jamaican Music Storms Through Miami this November

Top Quote Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Music on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 16, 2011 - It came from down Kingston way 50 years ago and took the music world by storm. This force of nature has had many names in the last half-century - Marley, Tosh, Cliff, Toots and the Maytals -- each forever changing the landscape wherever they made landfall. Fifty years later, their music continues to rock the world. And now Miami is celebrating Jamaican music's birthday with a blow-out concert and party featuring some its biggest stars.

    "The ripple effects of Jamaican music extend far beyond merely dancehall and hip hop," said Alfonso D'Niscio Brooks, president and CEO of ROCKAZ MVMT, one of America's premier concert production companies. "Reggae forever changed a panoply of genres including rock, punk, jazz, folk, Latin music and more."

    The list of musicians who credit Bob Marley and Jamaican music with significantly influencing their sound reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry and includes old-timers like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Johnny Nash, The Clash, U2, Sting, Run DMC, the Notorious BIG, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Sade, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Among the relative newcomers who also acknowledge the influence Marley had on them are No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Ace of Base, the late Amy Winehouse, Matisyahu, Akon, R. Kelly, Will Smith, Gym Class Heroes, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars and Beyonce. Of course, scores more cite Jamaican music as a profound influence.

    D'Niscio Brooks is especially proud to have made the 50th anniversary of Jamaican music and the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley's passing a central theme of this year's Bayside Rocks festival, which will feature world beat music headliners Bunny Wailer, Luciano, Tabou Combo, Cultura Profetica, Gondwana, Warrior King, Pato Banton, Connis Vanterpool and The Original Wailers, as well as some of world music's most promising up-and-coming talent.

    Produced by ROCKAZ MVMT (www.rockazmvnt.com), Bayside Rocks was designed as a fun filled day of social consciousness, community and environmental awareness on a musical platform with an urgent humanitarian effort to fight poverty and feed the hungry while providing ecologically engineered economic transformation on a global scale.

    Music, art, fashion and food from around the world provide the backdrop to a truly amazing cultural experience.

    This year, concert proceeds will include a food drive benefiting Curley's House (www.curleyshouseinc.com) an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused, and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing the nutrition they need. Guests will be asked to contribute two or more cans of food as part of the cost of admission.

    "Given the philanthropic nature of this event, we're inviting all civic minded companies to join us as sponsors of this event," D'Niscio Brooks said. "It's a great way to get your name in front of tens of thousands of people while ensuring that hundreds of thousands of dollars are donated to a very worthy cause."

    The Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday November 19, 2011 at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.

    For additional information about corporate sponsorships and ticket sales for the 2011 Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival contact Margaret Kessler at 954-284-4819 or email her at media ( @ ) rockazmvmt dot com

    Get your tickets now by calling 888-302-5442 or by clicking here: https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/BAY/Online/default.asp

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