by John Tarpley
Just because the name is a bit misleading doesn't mean this isn't one of the week's to-dos. The Wailers web left behind in Bob Marley's wake is a tangled web, to say the least, but I'll do my best to explain. The Original Wailers are a seven-piece, two-sevenths Wailer with Junior Marvin and Al Anderson, singers and lead guitarists, in the ranks, but their "original" status isn't necessarily so. (The Wailers were founded by Marley, Peter Tosh and namesake Bunny Wailer). However, Marvin and Anderson have played huge roles in the history of reggae; both contributed to Bob Marley classics "Survival" and "Uprising" while Marvin contributed guitar to "Exodus," one of the greatest albums ever, and took reign of the band after Marley's death in 1981. Now this Junior Marvin, not to be confused with Junior Murvin, Lee "Scratch" Perry cohort and brain behind "Police and Thieves," has also been a regular figure with Toots & The Maytals and Burning Spear, while Anderson played a role in Peter Tosh's masterpiece "Legalize It." Listen, I warned you this would be a convoluted trip through Rocktown. Bottom line, this is, simply, as close to Bob Marley as you can get without getting a second-hand high from Ziggy's dreads, so skankers, mount up. The Movement, a rock/hip-hop/reggae fusion act from Philadelphia opens the night.