Out of Many One Productions presents the annual Peter Tosh Birthday Celebration Concert on Thursday, October 14 at the all-ages Ashkenaz venue in Berkeley. The doors open at 8 and the music starts at 9pm with Nyabinghi Drummers and then opening act, Sister I-Live. The headliner, Tosh 1 rounds out the evening’s festivities in celebration of the late, great Peter Tosh.
$15 advance tickets can be purchased at Ashkenaz. At the door, the tickets are $20; kids under 12 are free with paid adult, and students with student I.D. card are also $15 at the door. The Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community is located at 1317 San Pablo Ave
In Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 525-5054.
Tosh 1, the youngest son of the late great Reggae icon Winston Hubert McIntosh, aka Peter Tosh, was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980. He moved to Boston in 1985. He is currently an economics major at Northwestern University. After a great summer of festival performances, promoters are already asking the young Tosh back for more shows shortly after therafter.
“In Boston, Tosh 1 was introduced to rap and “That was when music was real,” says Tosh 1, who started mixing the sounds of reggae with loops and samples of hip-hop in high school. Tosh has a love-hate relationship with the hip-hop genre, and believes many of its artists have gone astray, seduced by major record deals, fast cars and expensive clothes.
“The same revolutionary spirit that once inspired me has been transformed into everything it once detested”; says Tosh 1.
In 2000, Tosh 1 decided to record a couple of tracks in the studio, creating a hybrid sound that blended urban sounds, but still stayed true to the tenets of reggae and its messages of social change, activism and spirituality. “It was like second nature, like magic”; says Tosh 1. “People just fell in love with it.”
Tosh 1 is a revolutionary artist with an impetus to right wrongs. “I give people food for thought” explains Tosh 1, “about waking people up. I am going to expose the system for what it is. We have to be more conscious of our life here on earth and stop complaining.”
Tosh 1’s debut album Babylon Burning is slated for release in spring 2011. He is currently back and forth to the studio, working on his new single “Wicked a Go Bun”.
This summer 2010, Tosh 1 was very busy on the US festival circuit. He headlined the Maple Ridge Carribean Festival at the Memorial Peace Park in Vancouver, BC. Canada. He also performed on the Mid-West Reggaefest and the South Bend Reggaefest, and in Minnesota he performed on the Bayfront Reggae Festival, and in upstate New York, he performed on The Gig in the Sky Festival.
He was also booked this summer on the Montreal Reggaefest in eastern Canada. Tosh 1 traveled to Jamaica four times this summer for festivals there – The Life Fest, put on by Spragga Benz as a tribute to his son who was murdered, The Western Consciousness show, Bunny Wailer’s show and The Negril Escape Summer Concert Series. Tosh 1 was embraced and very warmly received in Jamaica, the land of his birth. This October western U S tour will be a special treat for all those Peter Tosh fans who have been waiting for Peter’s next release, and for the younger generations who never got to see Peter Tosh perform live in the flesh. Peter’s youngest son, Tosh 1 has now taken the torch and moved ahead with youthful strength and vigor to carry on the work of his father.
For more information, contact Out Of Many One 917/834-0330 or the Ashkenaz (510) 525-5054.