Win A Pair Of Toots & The Maytals Tickets
- Toots has been one of my favorites since I saw Jimmy Cliff's movie The Harder They Come in the early '90s. Since then, I've enjoyed his records and seen him perform live several times. His performances are consistently joyful and inspiring, and highly danceable. I wonder is he always as upbeat as he sounds?
- He's like the Dalai Lama of Rastafarians. Is he actually a Rastafarian, does spirituality influence his music?
- Also, Johnny Cash had a big presence in Jamaica, funding social projects like schools and clinics. Did Toots run across Cash?"
Stay close to the early days. He saw reggae music appear. And ask him about quadrille calling - roughly the equivalent of square dance calling, but I say it's the forerunner of the dancehall reggae style. Ask him about the tradition of toasting before it got appropriated by reggae.Andrew Nack wanted to know how Hibbert celebrated 4/20, and whether 54-46 was really his number in prison. Old friend and guru of all things recorded Greg Ellis chipped in with a winner: "Here's a factoid - first band to play in The Summit - opened for The Who in 1975." Mark Rubin, formerly of Bad Livers and currently part of the duo Fat Man & Little Boy, suggested, "How has he held onto to his sound so doggedly and defiantly for so long. I was in a band that opened for him in OKC in '81 and he hasn't changed a whit in all that time. This is not a negative, only an observation. How does he makes this music live when he's played it over and over again" Unfortunately, we weren't able to hook up with Hibbert to find out. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 713-652-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.