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Toots & The Maytals | REGGAE Originator

Toots & the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are considered legends of Ska and Reggae music. The sound is a unique, original combination of Gospel, Ska, Soul, Reggae and Rock. Toots and the Maytals won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Reggae album with ‘True Love’, and remain a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Over the past 40 years, Toots & the Maytals has toured worldwide to capacity crowds and shared the stage with artistes such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and Lonely Boys. On July 1st, Toots & the Maytals will launch a new Ska EP called ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ as a gift to JAMAICA on its 50th Anniversary and on July 2nd, an acoustic cd ‘Unplugged at Strawberry Hill’ with the ‘Reggae Got Soul’ documentary dvd will be released worldwide after being broadcast on TVJ for International Reggae Day. Toots & the Maytals ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ 2012 tour starts July 5th in North America before heading to Japan and Europe including a performance at the O2 on August 3rd as part of the AEG|JAMAICA 50 Respect Jamaica series in London.

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Unplugged on Strawberry Hill

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Toots & The Maytals : Ska Never Grow Old

Over the past 40+ years, Toots & the Maytals has toured worldwide to capacity crowds and shared the stage with artistes such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and Lonely Boys. Toots & the Maytals will headline the International Reggae Day concert festival at Emancipation Park on July 1st, before beginning his ‘Never Grow Old’ 2012 world tour July 5th in North America and then onto Japan and Europe.

NEVER GROW OLD TOUR DATES:

North America

Jun 24
West Palm Beach, FL Meyer Amphitheater
Jul 05
Portland, OR Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Jul 06
Quincy, CA Plumas County Fairgrounds, High Sierra Festival
Jul 07
Boise, ID Knitting Factory Jul 09 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Jul 10
Victoria, BC Victoria Ska Fest @ Ship Point
Jul 11
Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Jul 12
Ketchum, ID Hemingway Park
Jul 13
Alta, WY Grand Targhee Resort
Jul 15
Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Jul 16
Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
Jul 17
San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Jul 18
Bend, OR Old Mill District
Jul 20
North Plains, OR Horning's Hideout
Jul 21
Garberville, CA Benbow Lake Reggae On The River
Jul 23
Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

Japan

Jul 27
NIIGATA, JP FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL
Jul 28
NIIGATA, JP FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL

Europe

02-Aug-12
Empire Middlesbrough UK
03-Aug-12
Indigo2 London UK
04-Aug-12
Sheftival Sheffield UK
05-Aug-12
Liss Ard Festival Cork IR
09-Aug-12
Liquid Rooms Edinburgh UK
10-Aug-12
ABC1 Glasgow UK
11-Aug-12
The Pier Pavillion Cleethorpes UK
12-Aug-12
Picture Dome Holmfirth UK
14-Aug-12
Concorde II Brighton UK
15-Aug-12
Academy Oxford UK
16-Aug-12
The Emirates London UK
17-Aug-12
Beautiful Days Escot Park, Devon UK
19-Aug-12
Beacons Festival Skipton, North Yorks UK
20-Aug-12
Castle Festival Turku FI
21-Aug-12
The Circus Helsinki FI
24-Aug-12
Cabaret Vert Charleville Mezieres FR

Videos | Toots & The Maytals

Reggae Got Soul Documentary Trailer

Bill Cosby on Toots & the Maytals

Bill Cosby dances Johnny Cool

Press Release

Toots & The Maytals Launches 3 New Projects: Ska EP, Acoustic Album and Documentary

On July 1st, Toots & the Maytals will release to media, a new ep called ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ featuring 6 new Ska originals for International Reggae Day. Recorded as a gift to JAMAICA on its 50th Anniversary, the project pays hommage to the Maytals’ first album 'Never Grow Old’ which was released in 1964 by Clement Dodd’s Studio One label and featured the immortal Ska originators, the Skatalites who played on many masterpiece recordings at Studio One between 1963 and 1965 before they split as a band. The 6 track ep includes a Ska version of Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ plus ‘Jamaica’, a song calling for unity in this 50th year, and ‘Chim Cherry’, the lead single from the ep which will be available to the public in the IRD download booth in Emancipation Park on July 1st.

The other two projects being released as a set worldwide on July 2nd are ‘Unplugged at Strawberry Hill’ acoustic cd and accompanying documentary ‘Reggae Got Soul’ http://www.tootsandthemaytals.com/2012/05/29/unplugged-onstrawberry-hill-reggae-got-soul-pledge-now.

The documentary directed by George C. Scott, was shot largely in Jamaica with special interviews recorded in the US, UK and France with a whose who of music including Eric Clapton, Ziggy Marley, Keith Richards, Marcia Griffiths and Sly & Robbie. As Willie Nelson notes in his interview, “Toots is a combination of everything that makes you who you are—he’s a great talent, a good singer, a good writer, a good performer” according to country legend Willie Nelson while for eight time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt, “He’s good news for a hurting world - you just put some Toots on and you’re okay.”

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