LIVE: The Wailers @ Cohoes Music Hall, 10/17/17
Review by Mark Alexander Hudson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Legend, the greatest hits collection by Bob Marley & the Wailers, is one of the best selling albums of all time. Even now, it still regularly ranks in the top five of older catalog releases each year. Since the resurgence of vinyl, it also continually resides in the upper reaches of those charts
There is a simple reason for this.
Marley’s songs have that undefinable crossover appeal that speaks to music fans of all ages and types. Both hardcore reggae fans and those who could not place Jamaica on a map of the world, are drawn to his songs of love, peace, struggle and redemption.
This is also the reason why his backing band, The Wailers – even though there is now the only one remaining original member – can still tour to packed out houses 36 years after Marley’s untimely death.
With The Wailers, the music truly is the message, as they proved in concert at the Cohoes Music Hall earlier this week. Driven by that supple, loping groove the band played all the hits as well as a few deep cuts to a wildly appreciative audience at the Cohoes Music Hall on a chilly Tuesday night. “Buffalo Soldier,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Jamming,” “Wait in Vain,” “One Love” and many others kept the crowd singing and dancing through the evening.
And in these trying times, who doesn’t want to hear and believe, “Don’t worry about a thing – ’cause every little thing gonna be all right”?
The opening act was Local 518 favorites Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, and their amiable jam-band take on reggae was warmly received by the crowd who had clearly come out to have fun and share in the communal good vibes.