The Wailers started right at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Forsyth Park and didn’t stop till 8:45. That was May 29th; on the 27th the iconic reggae band had played in Japan.
The Wailers could probably just go through the motions every night and still play a steady string of gigs around the world, but the passion is still there. Lead singer Dwayne Anglin seems a perfect frontman for the future — energetic, charismatic, joyous.
I missed The Wailers’ performance at the 2015 Savannah Music Festival, but they electrified Trustees Theater at the SMF a couple of years ago. The redemptive power of the music was even more effective on Friday night, outdoors, with a diverse crowd numbering way into the thousands. Our thanks to SCAD for booking them for the annual “New Alumni Concert” on the eve of graduation.
Of course, the city has the ground torn up in front of the Forsyth stage (maybe it will be done before the jazz festival this fall?), which kept us all too far away. And the long set by The Wailers meant that I missed Rusted Root entirely since I was headed down to The Jinx for J Roddy Walston & The Business and Avers (photos of that show coming soon).
Anyway, after the jump you can see a ton of photos of The Wailers: