On Labor Day weekend, Sunday September 4th at 7:00 pm, Rootz of Music Inc., will present its 2nd Annual fundraiser musical extravaganza “American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, in Fort Lauderdale. The show chronicles the development of popular songs that were the foundation in both Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid 1940’s to present time.
Led by world class Jamaican guitarist, composer, arranger, music instructor Eugene Grey, the show will also feature renowned trombonist Nambo Robinson, percussionist Larry McDonald and additional singers and dancers performing the music of the popular artists of each era such as Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires to name a few.
This innovative and entertaining musical presentation is staged to demonstrate the interconnectivity of American and Jamaican music, how two separate elements of two genres merged and became what is now known as Reggae and Hip Hop.
A pre-show VIP reception in the Abdo New River Room starting 90 minutes prior to the performance will provide an opportunity for guests and sponsors to meet the artist, network and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a cash bar for alcoholic beverages.
Tickets are $40 and are available at www.browardcenter.org or by phone at 954-462-0222. The event is sponsored in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, SOS Children’s Village Florida and Seacoast Bank along with support from the Broward Center’s Arts Access Program.