Concert Reports


Ziggy Marley

06/22/2018, Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez

Musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian, Ziggy Marley, took center stage at the Chumash Casino Resort's Samala Showroom on June 22 at the Chumash Casino Resort.

All Photos: Steve Kennedy

For more than a quarter-century, Marley has established his presence by delivering a timeless sound his mother and father introduced to the world in the 1970's. Born David Nesta Marley in 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica, Marley is the eldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley. In his early years, he grew up in Trench Town, one of Kingston’s poorest neighborhoods, as his father tried to make a name for his band, the Wailers.


In 1978 at age 10, Ziggy Marley and his brother Stephen appeared on stage at One Love Peace Concert in Kingston and a year later at Reggae Sunsplash II in Montego Bay. That same year, Marley and his siblings – Sharon, Cedella and Stephen -- formed a group called the Melody Makers and debuted the song “Children Playing in the Streets.”


Later that year, they made their on-stage debut performing on the same bill as their father for the first and only time at the “Roots Rock” two-day concert series in Kingston’s National Arena.


By 1988, Marley and his siblings changed their group name to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers and released “Conscious Party” with Virgin Records. The album helped the group break through to mainstream audiences by incorporating elements of reggae, pop and rock. After making several more albums together in the 1990s, the group disbanded.



Rebellion Rises


Eight-time Grammy award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley released his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.


“The rebellion begins in the mind, the melody, and the music,” assures Ziggy. “We are a conduit of that. The rebellion is consciousness. Now the consciousness starts spreading, we become aware and we rise.”


No track embodies this message better than the album’s title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. A manifesto with a chant-like chorus, the song emboldens its listeners to use the power we all have as instruments of positive change around the world.


“The better side of humanity, cannot let the side of humanity that push negativity and hatred be more willing,” Marley explained in a recent interview. “It cannot happen. It’s a battle of wills. We’ve got to have more will.”


Rebellion Rises marks Ziggy’s first studio release in two years, following 2016’s critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart.



This June, Ziggy Marley embarked on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, CA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29th where it opens in Legnano, Italy.

In 2003, Ziggy released his first solo album, “Dragonfly,” which explored social, political and personal topics in his songs. His next effort, “Love is My Religion,” won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
He continued to deliver critically acclaimed music, both as a solo artist and alongside family members and other celebrated performers. His self-titled 2016 album took home the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, giving him a record seven Grammy wins in that category.




Chumash Casino


Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all shows are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at


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