Capitol Theatre presents reggae legend Beres Hammond

Capitol Theatre presents reggae legend Beres Hammond

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Beres Hammond takes the stage Aug. 4 at Capitol Theatre.

CLEARWATER – Reggae legend Beres Hammond will perform Friday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Tickets start at $39. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­­m.

Known for his distinctive brand of “lover’s rock,” Hammond will make his debut at the Capitol Theatre. Over the course of a 30-year career, Hammond has poured his smoky-sweet voice – an instrument of subtlety and power reminiscent of an Otis Redding or a Teddy Pendergrass – over every kind of riddim track. He earned a Grammy nomination for his 2012 chart-topping album “One Love, One Life.” His other international hits include “Tempted to Touch,” “Rockaway” and “They Gonna Talk.”

Considered Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer/songwriter, anyone who has listened to his CDs or experienced the fervor elicited by his live performances would undoubtedly agree with that top-ranking assessment.

The rub-a-dub groove of his smash single “They Gonna Talk” was recorded in the home studio by Flabba Holt and Style Scott of the legendary Roots Radics, whose riddims are clearly as powerful today as when they were the backing band for giants like Gregory Isaacs. No computer can rock quite as steady as these veteran musicians.

“I personally don’t believe in a whole heap of technology business,” said Hammond in a press release promoting the tour. “It’s all about what you have to offer. As long as your vibes is there, that’s what the people feel.”

Hammond’s sophisticated musical taste is well suited to translate easily across cultural divides, yet the international reggae massive has remained his most loyal fan base. He did collaborate on Maxi Priest’s first American hit, “How Can We Ease The Pain,” in 1990. A brief encounter with Elektra Records in 1994 yielded the excellent but under-appreciated album “In Control” with its R&B-flavored single “No Disturb Sign.”

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