Elan Atias – Photo/Adrien Goulet
Kingston met Mamaroneck on Oct. 9 as the legendary Wailers performed at the Emelin Theater – getting people on their feet, which given the clientele was no small feat. Performing hits like “Three Little Birds,” “Stir It Up,” and “Redemption Song,” front man Elan Atias evoked the magic of Marley, engaging the audience with fellow Wailers including original member and founder of the band: Aston “Family Man’ Barrett and others. (I’m probably in the minority who actually owned Atias’ solo album so it was a nice surprise to see the gifted reggae artist getting his due.) The band has performed for 40 years, sold over 250 million albums worldwide, and proved why they continue to influence and inspire. While Marley’s gone, he’ll always be close to our hearts. The music, and more specifically, The Wailers are here to make sure of it.
On a related note, the Emelin Theater is clearly going places – booking newer (and much hipper) talent of late is a smart way to go. Their schedule for the rest of the year is impressive. Check it out at www.emelin.org.