Updated Wed, Nov 13, 2013 10:04 am
Stuart’s Opera House will host an evening of live reggae this Friday with award-winning St. Lucian artist Taj Weekes and his band Adowa.
Weekes and Adowa, known for their blend of acoustic roots-rock and afro-folk, have built an international audience through exciting performances and critical acclaim, including a Grammy nomination consideration.
Weekes' musical journey parallels his personal one. For St. Lucia’s native son, the youngest of 10 children, music was a family affair.
"We were always singing and playing in my house. My father was an incredible singer... we took that from him," he stated in a press release. By age five, Weekes was singing in church and by the age of nine, he and his brothers had formed a band, The Weekes Brothers, playing in local talent shows, town hall or parish centers around the island.
Throughout his teenage years, Weekes honed his musical talents and songwriting skills by listening to a wide variety of music.
"My musical influences were quite varied, 'cause the radio stations played all kinds of music. There were no formats, so we grew up listening to everything from reggae to calypso to classic rock and classical music," he said.
Years later, he left home to fulfill his musical ambitions in North America. There, he formed his band, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and founded Jatta, LLC, his entertainment company that houses his record label, film and music publishing company, and merchandising division.
Stuart’s Opera House will present Taj Weekes & Adowa on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, box seats are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and student tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
For more information and tickets, call 740-753-1924 or visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org.