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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Preview:
Sly & Robbie

By Robert Wood

Photo: Sly & Robbie

The BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech—BAM's free summertime showcase of heavy hitters from R&B, reggae, funk, and other genres—runs this year through August 8, with concerts happening (almost) every Thursday at noon. That means lunchtime for most, so for the full MetroTech experience, we suggest bringing takeout from a nearby restaurant and making an afternoon (or a long lunch break) out of it. Check back every week for these previews, which will also suggest appropriate eats to enjoy along with the music, and pigeons, in Downtown Brooklyn.

Sly & Robbie
Thu, Jul 11 at 12pm
MetroTech Commons | map

In a nutshell:
A crack Jamaican rhythm section and production duo.

Reggae, dancehall, dub

What to Know:
Sly & Robbie are estimated to have played on over 200,000 tracks, which essentially means that when you think of reggae, you think of them. Jimmy Cliff, the Mighty Diamonds, Toots and the Maytals, and Black Uhuru are on their infinite list of collaborators, but so are Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Herbie Hancock, which should give some indication of their remarkable versatility. At MetroTech, they’re joined by William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke from the popular Jamaican reggae band Third World.

You might like them if you like:
Mighty Diamonds, Toots and the Maytals, or any other music that has ever come from the island of Jamaica.

Appropriateness for getting down / getting it on:
50% / 50%

What to do about lunch: 
Stop by Fisherman’s Dawta at 407 Atlantic Avenue near Bond. The jerk chicken is only $10 and comes with rice and steamed cabbage galore. 

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