• British reggae singer Pato Banton performs Friday night
By Randi Somers
The Alibi is adding new spice to the downtown club options. Newly renovated, the club has also expanded the menu to include hot pots, a Mexican menu, salads and a variety of appetizers.
Located at 453 E. Pioneer Avenue, The Alibi is upgrading the nightclub scene.
To celebrate, they are setting up a big tent as an outdoor beer garden and bringing reggae singer Pato Banton in to perform there Friday night.
Born Patrick Murray in London and raised in Bingham, his reggae influence came from his Jamaican step-father, Lester Daley, whose home was an impromptu night spot during Banton’s formative years. Banton absorbed the music and at age 19 was invited to join a roots reggae band, Crucial Music. He soon became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager taking the band on international tours. After six years of chart success and continuous touring, Banton decided to step away from the music business and continue on his path of positivity. In the comfort of his own home studio, Banton acquired the help of long time friend and top producer Paul Horton to record his tenth album “Life is a Miracle,” which gained a Grammy nomination and clearly defined his lyrical, musical and spiritual growth.
From Never Give In to Destination Paradise, he says his main goal has always been to spread truth, beauty and goodness through the vehicle of reggae music. “My life has been an evolutionary adventure of many ups and downs, but through it all I have never lost my drive, focus or purpose,” he states on his website. “I have been blessed with the gift of revelation, seen and been a part of many miracles, but nothing compares to the beautiful personalities I’ve met along the way.”
With the release of his new album “Destination Paradise,” Banton embarked on a musical and spiritual mission across all 50 states. At the beginning of this mission, Banton decided to create a new band called “The Now Generation.”
Banton’s story charts his rise from the disadvantaged circumstances in his youth, through a long and successful career as a world renowned reggae legend, back to his roots with a commitment to work for the benefit of young people in his community and on a mission to spread the “Good News” and “Positive Vibrations” to the “Now Generation.”
“As I approach the final chapter of my musical journey on Planet Earth (Urantia), my only desire is to serve Divinity through Humanity,” his website proclaims. “And to all my brothers and sisters who are striving to achieve their goals in this age of materiality and secularistic insanity, my message is ‘please stay positive and never give in!’”
Banton and The Now Generation are making their way across the country spreading the good news and uplifting the masses with a warm message of love and positivity that he has been known for bringing to his audiences around the world, according to his website.
On this, his first Alaska tour, he and his band will play the Alibi in their outdoor beer garden tent June 24. Tickets are $15 in advance an $20 at the door.
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