Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, brings his Welcome to Jamrock tour to Santa Monica with a performance on Thursday, May 12th, at Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica.

“Jr. Gong” had a breakthrough in creating his own musical legacy when he won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album of 2001 for his Halfway Tree disc. Now he’s back with the single, “Welcome to Jamrock,” which delves into violence, murder, poverty and corrupt police and politicians in Kingston, not quite the image of the laid-back tourist paradise that Jamaica is often portrayed to be.

“Jr. Gong” moves the reggae sound into the 21st century with his hip-hop influence and sensibility, while by birthright giving a nod to one of the most influential musical legends of the past.

Though his father passed away while “Jr. Gong” was a toddler, he grew up surrounded by his musical brothers and sisters in his father’s Hope Road home, including Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. The Melody Makers are comprised of Marley siblings.

His current tour features special guest appearances by brother Stephen Marley, who has been producing “Jr. Gong’s” latest material.

Information, (310) 393-6611.

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