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Reggae legends, 90s hitmakers playing Rocky Mount’s Harvester Center in May
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Publicity Photo: The Wailers, the internationally known reggae band formerly fronted by the late Bob Marley, will appear in concert at the new Harvester Performance Center on May 9.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Stir it up! A new constellation of stars will be in Rocky Mount this May.

The Wailers, the internationally known reggae band formerly fronted by the late Bob Marley, will appear in concert at the new Harvester Performance Center on May 9.

Known for reggae classics, such as "Three Little Birds," "Buffalo Soldier," "Jammin'," "Exodus" and many more, the Wailers have sold over 250 million albums worldwide in 45 years. Original member "Family Man" Barrett will lead the reggae legends to Rocky Mount.

"The Wailers have done more than any other musicians to spread the popularity of reggae music worldwide," said Harvester General Manager Gary Jackson. "This is a true honor to be able to bring in such talented musicians to Rocky Mount and the Roanoke Valley."

The Wailers show is a standing-limited seated show. Tickets are $24 in advance, available through, which accepts PayPal and credit card payments.

The May 9 date coincides with the annual Franklin Heights Baptist Church Strawberry Festival at the Rocky Mount Farmers' Market, so the Wailers will start performing at 9 p.m. to avoid conflict with the annual event.

"Gary Jackson and the Harvester staff are working hard to avoid conflicts with major events," said Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins. "Anyone with a similar conflict should contact us through so we can cooperate. We're all trying to do the same thing -- bring great events and more people to Rocky Mount, and we're happy to work out details with any organizations to keep from conflicting with their events."

In other concert news, major 1990s hitmakers Toad The Wet Sprocket will play the Harvester on May 30.

Best known for Top 30 hits "All I Want," "Walk On The Ocean," "Something's Always Wrong," "Fall Down" and "Good Intentions," the band is known for its outstanding musicians, and band members have a strong history of collaborating across different music types, producing and playing on albums for many other artists.

Lead singer Glen Phillips has been a solo artist and has worked with Nickel Creek, John Mayer and other contemporary artists.

The band is currently touring in support of its 2013 release, "New Constellation," which the band funded through the crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter.

Toad The Wet Sprocket's concert at the Harvester is a standing-limited seated show. Tickets are $38 and on sale now at

The two acts join a lengthy list of major artists playing at Rocky Mount's new Harvester Performance Center, joining acts like Rodney Crowell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Clay Cook and Levi Lowrey, Black Lillies and many more scheduled to take the stage this spring.

For a complete lineup and ticket information, visit, or follow the Harvester Performance Center on Facebook and Twitter (@theharvesterRM).

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