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Wailers top bill at Durango’s Community Concert Hall

Reggae will come to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, as The Wailers and special guest Tomorrows Bad Seed have been added to the Winter/Spring Performing Arts Series. Tickets for the Jan. 28, 2 7 p.m. show went on sale Monday, Dec. 13.

Often considered the greatest living advocates of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, The Wailers were originally formed in 1969 when the late reggae icon Bob Marley with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers — bassist Aston and drummer Carly — to record what would become a variety of legendary records. Inspired by Rastafarian beliefs and an ambition to reach an international audience, these musicians pioneered roots rock reggae.

Today the band’s anchor is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable, and today’s lineup combines his old school knowhow with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers: Koolant.

Tickets for The Wailers, with special guest Tomorrows Bad Seed — $30 for Orchestra and Balcony, $40 for Plaza — are available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, or by phone at 247-7657.