Stephen Marley at House of Blues, 5/22/14
Stephen, to me, is the most Bob out of the lot of them. Ziggy always did a great job representing his father's vision with the Melody Makers, but he doesn't sound as much like his father. Stephen just has that same underlying grit to his voice that the rest of his brothers don't. His music is not the same, but when he really gets his voice in that higher register it's nearly unmistakable.
It must not be too bad living under the shadow of your father, especially when your father is Bob Marley. You can't really complain about that. And even though half the crowd was there only because of his royal blood lines, I guess it doesn't matter at the end of the day when he checks his bank account.
What really matters is that Stephen is continuing on the family business, and doing it quite well. He should see future successes with touring and recording if the past is any indication. I really enjoy what he brings to the table, one that might be a bit crowded by the family name, but continues to be filled with a bounty of delicious servings.
Personal Bias: I was a little stoner growing up, so the name Marley goes hand and hand with my youth culture.
The Crowd: A mixed bag of dreadlocks.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Why the fuck does it smell like hot dogs in here?"
Random Notebook Dump: I appreciate and encourage the judgment of my flip flops. I ain't changing for no one.