Ep.363 – Nas and Damian Marley @ The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA – 05/19/10
May 24th, 2010
Category: Damian Marley, Los Angeles, Nas, Roxy, The, Video Concert Reviews
For those of you that missed the memo on Nas and Damian Marley playing The Roxy… to bad, so sad. The show was part of the Myspace.com secret show concert series. Almost entirely guest list, very few people from the general public made it in. Fans arrived as early as nine in the morning to stand in line.
I am not exactly sure how Myspace Music did their ticketing for this show, but the guest list was star studded. Basketball superstar Carmelo Anthony and musical icons such as Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello were all in the house.
I missed the first 20 min of the show trying to get in, but thankfully Nic Adler was kinda enough to help me out. The house was packed and from the moment you walked in you could feel the love. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this show. I didn’t know if it would be a Rap or a Reggae show, but lucky for me it was a combo and embraced both styles of music.
This show, and their upcoming tour, are in support of their new album “Distant Relatives”. The concert lasted a little over 2 hours and had an amazing format. Nas and Damian preformed several songs together and then went back and forth preforming solo materiel giving the show a lot of variety.
I had seen Damian once before about a year ago and I can’t believe I forgot how awesome he is. He brings an energy with him that captivates the crowd. I think Damian’s performance, and the element of Reggae, had a lot more presence in the show than the hip hop elements Nas brought. Nas was backed up by Damian’s band on all of his songs and it def added a lot to them.
I managed to score a copy of the set list but I don’t think all songs were preformed. I believe they closed with Africa Must Wake Up and that Friends and Generations were not part of the actual set.
Final thoughts and highlights:
I think if you like Hip Hop or Reggae music, you will have a great time at this show. I personally plan on seeing these guys again and think its worth the time and money to check them out.
A few things that I were really cool about this show.
1. The band had an MC (Sky High) introducing them and just all around hyping up the crowd. Sky High brought a lot to the show and made my night.
2. I also really dug the guy that waved the Rastafarian flag on stage for over 2 hours. Just the sure fact that is all he did was amazing and a sight to see.
For more pics and info on this performance visit Myspace.com
Special thanks to Nic Adler @ The Roxy for helping us get into this show