On Wednesday, July 21, international reggae music star Pato Banton performed at Harlow’s in midtown with the Now Generation Band. Although Pato is currently listed as being on tour promoting a new album, members of the Now Generation were quick to point out that he is always out spreading the word of unity and happiness.
Originally from Birmingham, England, Pato Banton has produced no fewer than 17 albums since the mid 1980s. Several of his albums are regarded as reggae classics, and his dub recordings with the Mad Professor are often said to be the gold standard for dub reggae.
His performance in Sacramento was followed by one tonight at River Ranch, just outside of Alpine Meadows, in the Tahoe-Truckee area. After that, he heads to Petaluma, San Diego, and eventually returns north to perform at the Dos Equis / Metro Music in the Park series event on August 26 in San Jose. For those who missed the show at Harlow’s, the San Jose performance is free. The Whiskey Avengers are scheduled to open.
Pato Banton enjoys a loyal following everywhere he goes. Last night’s crowd was no exception. In particular, Truckee resident Cynthia Lamanna was on hand with her husband. She sang an incredible version of “Gwarn” when Pato yielded the microphone at Harlow’s last year. Check out the video! Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcSauv070fM). Of course, she’s at the show in Truckee tonight as well.
Without a doubt, Pato Banton is a living reggae legend. His rise to international prominence began nearly a quarter century ago, and as images from the show reveal, he hasn’t lost a step.