3rd ANNUAL MIGHTY MARLEY CELEBRATION
ft. Mighty Joshua & Positive Collective
Mighty Joshua – Richmond’s reigning king of dub brings a focused, passionate feel to his music, which conveys emotion at every turn. A natural performer with a band that matches his every move, Mighty Joshua’s vocal stylings breathe new life into one of the world’s most beloved and endearing genres. With his world-class backing band, Mighty Joshua is one-of-a-kind, must-see Virginia act.
Positive Collective – This ensemble has roots in a fortunate encounter at Walnut Creek Park between Greg Ward and Captain Happy and families, and also a gig that required some Guano Boys subs. One of those subs, suggested to Captain Happy by Greg Ward, was Gabe Gavin on bass who subsequently booked a few gigs at Crozet Mudhouse for this unit (which was still open and amorphous at the time), and where the Collective took shape. Basement jams at Kevin Lynch’s were gatherings of people with a positive outlook, and a listen-first attitude toward playing that made it clear we were on to something that felt right and was just way too easy. Rootsman Greg Ward has played reggae around the world with many legends. His original music is focused on the righteous way and his voice and playing are simply top-shelf. Captain Happy has played roots music from Appalachian to African for the last 20 years, and brings that to his reggae and West African influenced instrumentals. The skillful and deep grooving drumming of Paul Rosner, which is a centerpiece for Trees On Fire, provides the perfect coherence for the stylistic choices. Gabe Gavin’s heavy bottom Familyman-style bass playing adds the perfect gravity, and Nate Hawkes is a first-rate sax player and like stellar rhythm section men, and Jim Gagnon, as sweet a human as you’re ever gonna meet. The feet can’t help but move and the face smile when the Positive Collective gets together.