Mayor Carlo DeMaria is excited to announce that The Wailers are coming to Everett for Village Fest! The reggae band that served as the music behind Bob Marley’s voice will headline Village Fest on September 19th from 3 to 9PM. The City of Everett is partnering with local businesses Night Shift Brewing and Short Path Distillery for Village Fest, which will be located along Santili Highway in the up-and-coming Village Business District.
The Wailers were formed in 1969 and toured with Bob Marley until he died of cancer in 1981. Marley instructed the band to continue his musical legacy, and The Wailers have been playing ever since. Today, the band is comprised of original members – including bassist Family Man, keyboardist Keith Sterling – as well as independently acclaimed musicians Aston Jr., Dwayne Anglin, Drummie Zeb, Audley Chisholm and Cegee Victory.
Their sound is very much the same as it was when they played for thousands during the Marley years. In 2013, the band completed an international tour called “Survival Revival,” reproducing Marley’s 1979 album Survival.
“Our music is the magic,” said Family Man. “The oxygen of the people. It’s the message of roots, culture and reality, meant to spread peace and love to all.”
“The music of the Wailers is the perfect accompaniment to a great afternoon of food and drinks, games and shopping. I want to thank Wynn Everett for their generous donation which has allowed us to bring such a popular act to our city event” Mayor DeMaria said. “We’ve never done something like this before. Village Fest will truly be a one-of-a-kind event for Everett, and a chance to show thousands of people across the region what Everett has to offer.”
Village Fest, sponsored by Wynn Everett, Polar Beverage, and Teddie Peanutbutter, is an exciting new take on City Fest, the annual event that was previously set in Everett Square. The new Village Fest will offer delicious tastes from 10 of Boston’s best food trucks, locally crafted beer and spirits from Night Shift Brewing and Short Path Distillery, as well as a full line-up of musical performances, including a great kick off set by Rebound, a local favorite led by Village native, George Politis.
For more information, visit the Facebook pages for the City of Everett, Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Night Shift Brewing and Short Path Distillery and follow @CityofEverettMA, @NightShiftBeer and @SPDistillery on Twitter.
Save the date for September 19th and join us #DownTheVillage for this amazing community celebration!