The Point presents King Yellowman / Van Gordon Martin Band
Friday, Aug 22 at 7pm
The Rusty Nail - Stowe, VT
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King Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. His upbringing at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and being albino in Jamaica were two obstacles the he overcame and went on to be (at one time) the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.
After winning a talent contest at Tastee Patties in Kingston, Yellow went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica and the rest of the world with his boastful and sometimes bodacious lyrics. His ability to ride rhythm and excite a crowd made Yellow an instant hit in Jamaica. He also began to work with the Ace Sound System in St. Thomas and drew big crowds at his dancehall performances. Later in his career, Yellow began to spread out and work for a number of different producers, sometimes releasing as many as five albums per year. This led to a recording contract with CBS Records. Yellowman recorded one album with them before he was diagnosed with jaw cancer and was given six months to live. This was in 1986. After surgery an extended leave of absence from the record industry, Yellowman began his comeback with the song “Blueberry Hill”, and his career was re-launched. His first album for RAS came from producer Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell and was called “Yellow Like Cheese”. Coincidentally this was the start of a long and fruitful relationship with RAS and Yellowman and also RAS and ‘Fatis’ and his exterminator production. Yellowman has always been very professional to work with and always a respectful and reliable human being. He has managed to outlive his predicted fate of death and his performances are incredibly lively as he seems to have an unlimited amount of stage energy. We can only hope for the best for Yellowman. He has continued his hard work and his devotion to his family is to be complimented.
The rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s, Jamaica’s albino son Yellowman made as many enemies as fans with his controversial, often overtly sexist (if tongue in cheek) lyrics. Now back on the Ragga scene, singing at a slightly slower pace, Yellowman’s witticisms are as cheeky, spirited and intelligent as ever, and delivered with his customary sharp, melodic style.
Van Gordon Martin Band
Van Gordon Martin has been a veteran of the east coast music scene for over a decade. His remarkable guitar style transforms the instrument’s sounds into
other worldly sonic vibrations, reaching new fans and places out in the musical stratosphere.
After an 8 year stint as lead guitarist and creative power of Boston band Spiritual Rez, VGMB was born! Van Gordon Martin Band “VGMB” is built out of the amazing community of artists and players thriving in the east coast music scene. VGMB makes each show unique in and of itself, while keeping a strong influence on hard hitting R&B, Funk, and Dub Reggae flavors.
In 2012 the doors were opened for VGMB. A solid run of shows in the USVI immediately followed by SXSW set the tone for the year. This was followed a by national tour with Jamaican Reggae Legends, The Skatalites. Touring brought the band from Austin, TX during ACL thru the Midwest for a run of dates last fall. As a headlining act, VGMB had performances in New York, Chicago, and Boston.
2013 marks the release of VGMB’s 2nd album “Take the High Road”. This album features members of John Brown’s Body, Club D’elf, The Slip, Dub Apocalypse, Otis Grove and former Rez horn alumni. It also features Justin Perkins of Toubab Krewe for the soon to be released single “Dreams”. Poised to tour in support of the new album, VGMB have their sights set for the Islands as well as the West Coast.
The connectivity and good vibes of the players brings a high level of musicianship to the table. Van also plays guitar with many other projects including Club D’elf, Dub Apocalypse, The Dub Down Crew & Scotch Bonnet Band, Sparkplug Tribute to Melvin Sparks featuring members of Max Creek and Alan Evans Trio, and The Nephrok! All-Stars.
Since 2002 Van has also played on and off with Bernie Worrell, Musical Director of Parliament Funkadelic and keyboardist for Talking Heads. At the ripe age of 19, he was hired for his first gig with Bernie with his band at the time The WOO Warriors. This shaped VGM’s ability to write and connect to a deep funk pocket, and play soulful solos in the spirit of Funkadelic. Van has shared stages with the likes of George Clinton and P Funk, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse,Barrington Levy, Gregory Issacs, The Skatalites, and Leo Nocentelli (The Meters).
As a band VGMB strives to bring a high energy show that leaves a crowd overjoyed.
“We are thankful to share our music, as it is our Highest Meditation”