"Free Fridays" Concert Series 2016
De Lions of Jah: Reggae
Celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month at BDP on Fridays in June
De Lions of Jah to Play at “Free Fridays” Concert Series June 24
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Closing out the celebration of June as national African-American Music Appreciation Month, “Free Fridays” hosts popular reggae band, De Lions of Jah, to play a concert Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. The Jacksonville, Florida band has been dubbed “the best reggae band in Duval County.”
Following in the footsteps of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage, De Lions of Jah fuses traditional roots music with contemporary dance hall and dub influences. The soul of the band and lead vocalist Dave “Da General” Philip is originally from Antigua, which is located in the West Indian Islands. Da General is an experienced reggae vocalist who has produced many CDs over the last 10 years, providing listeners with raspy harmonic chanting and soul-moving songs. He also possesses the ability to sing like classic reggae vocalists of the past, as well as chant live. He displays contemporary dancehall styles that make for a very entertaining and compelling show.
Da General is joined by a talented group of experienced reggae musicians that together make De Lions of Jah an overall deep-rooted reggae band featuring original music and covers. The band boasts two self-made and promoted CDs which yielded original recordings like fan-favorites “MUSIC” and “I-95.” These CDs have been recommended by many reggae fans and enthusiasts both in the USA and internationally. The message that De Lions of Jah hopes to spread is awareness and consciousness to the masses, with the sole purpose of uplifting hearts and helping “people to see the need for peace and love” in these difficult times.
The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.