Fresh in from B.C., Ziggy Marley brings reggae to Walla Walla


So you thought you might like to go to the show?

If "the show" is Ziggy Marley's appearance at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Saturday, here's a handy survival guide:

Getting in

Marley is here as part of his family-friendly Wild N Free 2012 tour, which has shows on the books in California, Oregon and Washington through early September.

He'll be in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, the night before Walla Walla and at the Oregon Zoo the day after.

The show at the fairgrounds is at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 7.

All seats are reserved, so organizers say there's no hurry.

Opening acts are Rubberneck and Campbell Davis & Co.

The ticket box and will-call at Gate No. 4 on Tietan Street will open at 4 p.m.

Organizers suggest parking by the Tietan and Orchard street entrances.

What to bring

Food and drink (including huckleberry freezes) vendors will be on hand.

After sunset, the temperature may dip into the chilly zone, so a jacket would be a good accessory, in addition to cushions, blankets, dancing shoes.

Organizers identify a few things to leave at home: Pets, outside beverages, large cameras, illegal substances and bongos.

The main event

Ziggy Marley is a five-time Grammy winner and the oldest son of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley.

Born in 1968, Marley has a musical career that stretches back to his pre-teen years, starting when he and his siblings recorded a song with their father in 1979.

As part of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, he released about a dozen albums in the 1980s and 1990s and has released a half-dozen as a solo performer since 2003.

You can find out more about him at, where you can find lyrics, download free music, watch videos and dive into the wide world of merch.

The cause(s)

Organizer say a portion of the proceeds from the show will go to a variety of nonprofits, including Marley's own U.R.G.E.

U.R.G.E. seeks to improve the lives of children in Jamaica, Africa and elsewhere, according to Marley's website. Specific focuses include education, health and the environment.

Other nonprofits on the list of beneficiaries include:

  • Walla Walla Public School Music Program
  • Shakespeare Walla Walla
  • Children's Home Society
  • Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
  • Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market
  • Blue Mountain Humane Society
  • Friends of Children of Walla Walla
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
  • College Place Music Program/PTA
  • YWCA
  • Ashley O'Neil Medical Fund
  • Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Patient Emergency Fund

Pre-show show

A screening of "Marley," a documentary on Ziggy's dad, will be at noon at the Power House Theatre. For more information, call the theater at 529-6500.


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