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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wailers to Rock WinterSol Festival

Sol Festival rolls into Ketchum with reggae, hip-hop and 90s rock

It's time to shake the winter blues, let go of some frustrations and party down with live music. This weekend, the WinterSol Festival will rock Ketchum with concerts and performances ranging from reggae to hip-hop.

In their return to Ketchum, The Wailers will take the main stage with Steve Fulton Music to kick off the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Wailers will include original member Aston "Familyman" Barrett. Barrett, a revered innovator, joined the legendary reggae group in 1969. He became a singer-songwriter, musical director and band leader Bob Marley's right-hand man.

"We have added more members," Barrett said. "We are the architects of reggae and will play all the favorite songs."

Barrett said The Wailers keep the fans of Bob Marley going and especially want to reach out to young people. Barrett said the band travels all over the world.

"Reggae is the heart beat of the people," Barrett said. "It is a universal language, which carries a message. We keep the legacy and spirit of Bob Marley alive through reggae music."

Barrett said The Wailers are prepared for all types of climates, including that of Sun Valley.
The hip-hop band Swollen Members will also return to Ketchum, playing both nights of the WinterSol Festival at the nexStage Theatre.

"The last time we played in Sun Valley, it was dope," said one of the bands emcees, Previal. That's his way of saying it was a great experience.

"One good thing about Swollen Members is we have been, for a long time, part of the action-sports community, including base jumping, snowboarding and skateboarding," he said.

Swollen Members also includes emcee Mad Child and Rob the Viking as its producer. Swollen Members puts a great deal of energy into its live shows. After 10 years of p
roducing music, Prevail said the band is rejuvenated with a consistent work pace and ethic.

"People can make songs in their living rooms, and they've got dope equipment," Prevail said. "But with a live show, fans have more access and get to see our personalities first hand. We feed off the energy of the crowd. It's a party and people gather to see live music."


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