Inner Circle To Tour US West Coast

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inner-circle.jpgDays after the end of a three-week European tour, Inner Circle band will tour the US West Coast, starting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today. Inner Circle will kick off a short string of performances called the One Love Reggae Revolution tour.

The tour, which ends on August 23, will include stops in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Canada, and Washington. Highlights include select dates with Gonzo of Tribal Seeds and a performance at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl for a celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday alongside Ziggy Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, The Skatalites, and others.

"I really wish the tour would not be so little, but since we are not Slightly Stoopid or Rebelution, or SOJA, we can only make it little. The baton has been passed to these new reggae soldiers and they are doing very well," Roger Lewis of Inner Circle said.

Lewis pointed out the importance of mentorship, and passing on knowledge to these younger artistes.

"Like the old Chinese proverb says, 'If you want to know what's going on down the road, ask a man who is coming from down there and he can tell you'. And after that you can make your assessment of what the vibe and the climate is. Everything is vibes and climate. In telling of the past, you may not feel what the climate was ... . I can tell you about Bob Marley, but you had to be there to feel the climate and the electricity. However, you can still feel the echo of it today," he said.

"Now Inner Circle is vibing with the Kabaka Pyramids and the Jesse Royals and the Bambaatas, you know, the youths coming up. We learn and they learn. They like to hear some of the old vibe of where Jamaica came from and where reggae music comes from," Lewis said.