NORRIS MAN, ANTHONY B
La Onde, February 14, 2000
Got to say, the new style of reggae came through St. Louis last night
and knocked everybody out! Some high energy in the place...
Concert took place at La Onde, doors at 7, show at 9 (Reggae Time). Nice
spin til 10:30 or so, then a local group got on stage and did their
thing for a bit. But I was there for the headliners...and it was gettin
late. Hey promoter, it was a Tuesday night...
The Star Trail Crew (is that what they're called?) then took the stage
and put down some nice vibes. At 11 p.m. sharp Norris Man came out and
kicked it for a good 40 minutes. He has got some serious energy! Early
on did a tune over the "Family Man" riddem which was hot. He was jumpin
up and down real high. It was eye-catching.
Really played some nice tunes. Did "The Enemy," a song I think was
called "Better Days Are Ahead," and "Persistance," the title track of
his CD on VP, which I picked up after the show. Nice vibe and nuff
respect to Norris Man...
11:45, Anthony B took the stage and started off with Marley's "Burnin
And Lootin." Killer!
Then into "Storm Winds" which was hotter. AB has some great stage
presence. Moving all over the place...
Then went into "One Thing," "Universal Struggle," Raid The Barn," and
"Conscious Entertainer." He was on the mic, too, asking for reverance
and just saying positive things.
Then there was a small fight at the front which he said to stop, then
went into "Fire Pon Rome" (then a 30 second segue into "Row Mr.
Then he called it the "Meditation Part" of the show...and went into
"Damage Already Done" (is that the correct title?), "Free, " Waan Back,"
He played a couple of "exclusives" he said, not yet recorded, and they
were cool. For the women he sang "You Move Me." "Bun Down Soddom" was
wicked, then a great version of "Mr. Heartless" which blew me away. At
the end he did "Cold Feet," a GREAT version of Tosh's "Equal Rights,"
"Heavy Load" and then a few verses of "Me Dem Ah Ban."
He closed it down with a couple more...Went til1:15 or so, so played 1
1/2 hours at a pretty remarkable pace, but hey, he's 23 years old...
I've read before where people talk of his "hand swaying" and I agree
that he did it too much (asking the audience to sway their hand). Just
my opinion and no big deal. He also played his songs WAY too short,
maybe to get more in, but I wish he would've at least played the songs
to the length they were on record (best example is the above-mentioned
"Me Dem Ah Ban").. But still an extremely enjoyable evening of positive
Afterwards I got to spend some time with him and he's very soft-spoken
and conscious. Richard Bell from Star Trail was also there and he was
real cool. They were heading to KC then to Colorodo and beyond. How they
keep up the pace, I don't know...
When I was leaving it was cool to see the living legend Barnabus talking
with the up-and-coming legend Anthony B. He was telling him to take the
foundation that Barnabus and others laid and to run with it...it was
cool to see the different generations reasoning...
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