SUMMIT, NJ - The infectious vibes of the MASSIVE Reggae Band will be flowing at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (RRA) September 9, as the Morristown-based group headlines the final "Sounds of a Summer Night" concert of 2015.
MASSIVE specializes in reggae idioms and selections from artists like Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytails, Sublime, Peter Tosh, as well as many others. They also remake new songs from artists like Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, but with a sultry reggae twist.
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Stylistically, reggae is a melting pot embracing influences from Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States, combining elements of American jazz and rhythm n’ blues, with ska, rocksteady, and calypso.
As well as giving the world a fresh new sound, reggae was instrumental in highlighting the Rastafarian movement, dealing with subjects such as faith, love, relationships, poverty, injustice, and other broad social issues.
The grounds of the Arboretum will open at 6 p.m. for concertgoers to picnic, and the performance is from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and admission is free for RRA members, courtesy underwriting support from Investors Bank.
Non-members require a $10 donation at the door for admission; students are $5 with a valid ID. The MASSIVE Reggae Concert is dedicated to Reeves-Reed Arboretum supporter, Full Service Aquatics, and to this year’s ART in the Garden committee members.
The "Sounds of a Summer Night" concert series is sponsored, in part, by Nick & Tracy McKee, the Grand Summit Hotel, and the Summit Area Public Foundation.
For more information, visit reeves-reedarboretum.org, or call the office at 908-273-8787. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue.