Both reggae music and zydeco music suffer from the same tragic flaw--everything sounds the same. As genres, they are easily recognized. The familiarity has a comfort for the listener. Unlike zydeco music, I can at lest tolerate a whole set of reggae music and you can't help moving around. Saturday night's Wailers show at Tipitina's was a clinic in the reggae tradition. This is as close to Bob Marley as I could ever hope to get, and it was refreshing to hear all the classic tunes live. The colors of the night were obvious, Jamaica pride on point, and I could just hear Lisa Simpson in the background asking, "Why does it smell like Auto's bus in here?"
The audience responded as one would expect, with great enthusiasm every time one of the huge hits started to play. Hearing the crowd sing along to "No Woman, No Cry" brought an amazing happiness to my soul that I didn't realize I needed. The band is touring on their Grammy nominated album, One World and played a few selections from it as well as a slew of the classic hits. You can see more pictures here.