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Stephen Marley’s Acoustic Tour to Land in D.C.

Talented Musician Captures Spirit of Dad, Bob Marley

Stephen Marley, the second child of Bob and Rita Marley, has often been described as one of the most innovative and musically prolific of the Marley progeny. He comes to the Howard Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17, continuing his multi-city all-acoustic tour, “An Evening with Stephen Marley,” along with his daughter Mystic Marley, who released her first single, “Beatdown” last summer.

“Every child is unique,” he said. “Mystic is very talented, charismatic and her personality is strong and that comes across in her songs. The more she grows, the better she gets, so I just let her grow who she is inside of her.”

The tour comes in conjunction with the release of his latest acoustic recording, “One Take,” completed in a session in Marley’s Miami home.

“I love breaking the music down to inception, when it was being inspired,” Marley adds. “And where it started from has some magic that the full recordings don’t have at times, so this format is special. I like sharing it.”

The legendary Bob Marley also favored the acoustic format, having recorded a session of well-known songs in acoustic renderings featured on the 1992 box set, “Songs of Freedom.” As for Stephen’s fans, they’re probably familiar with his acoustic recording “Mind Control” (2008) but he’s done very little in that format since then.

“You have to experience the acoustic vibe,” he said. “It’s not very often that we do it, so it’s rare. The vibrations are high when the songs are broken down and the spirits in the room are elevated.”

As for the new CD, he says, “This is one is more like a jam, it’s one take, no overdubs or correcting anything. Just an organic acoustic jam session. I love this vibe.”

For more information, go to www.thehowardtheatre.com.

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