“One of the great voices in popular music.” —BBC
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With the 1968 hit Do the Reggay, rhythm and blues stepped into a new territory where jazz melded with traditional Jamaican songs to launch a now vital genre, meanwhile solidifying the song’s authors, Toots and the Maytals, as one of reggae’s key progenitors. The reggae legends anchor this year’s resurrection of the festival’s reggae tent, a tribute to the myriad musicians Toots has inspired through his records and in the 1972 classic, The Harder They Come. From the Clash to Eric Clapton and beyond, Toots’ influence transcends far beyond reggae. In 2004, Toots collaborated with an all-star lineup to record True Love, featuring Toots devotees from the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards to Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Alongside so many new re-interpreters of jazz, the festival is thrilled bring such an original luminary.