Jamaican Reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff, has announced details surrounding his upcoming US tour. Intimate gigs performed with a stripped down band, the run will allow Cliff to connect will fans, playing his classic hits and telling the stories behind them.
This September the Grammy Award Winner will make several stops in U.S. cities, performing in smaller theater and club settings on his 2013 Many Rivers Crossed Tour. The 17-date tour will kick off September 6th at the Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, VA, with a set interlocked between the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The String Cheese Incident.
Recently off the road with Michael Franti, Cliff will have opening support courtesy of Ethan Tucker. With two independently released albums produced by the age of twenty, Ethan Tucker has defined a musical style all his own with influences from Folk, Blues, Soul, Reggae and Jazz. Currently in the midst of his new studio album, Misunderstood, Tucker is sure to thoroughly warm crowds with old and new tunes during his high energy Blues, Reggae and Soul set.
As for Cliff’s material, classics will be played including “Wonderful World, Beautiful People,” “Many Rivers To Cross,” “I Can See Clearly Now,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “The Harder They Come,” and “Breakout.” Also, Cliff will perform songs from his acclaimed, Grammy-winning (Best Reggae Album) 2012 album, Rebirth, an album that was produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid.
Says Cliff, “With my recent Grammy win and the 40th anniversary of ‘The Harder They Come’, I want to give fans something different, a rare and intimate look at Jimmy Cliff. Through the years, I’ve been blessed with memorable experiences that accompany the songs I’ve created and I am excited to share these stories on my ‘Many Rivers Crossed Tour’.”
The Many Rivers Crossed Tour, named after Cliff’s most iconic tune from The Harder They Come, follows the 40th anniversary re-release of the classic film which featured Cliff in a starring role as well as on the classic 1972 soundtrack. A soundtrack credited for first exposing many to the Jamaica pop culture and the island sounds.
To commemorate the milestone in collaboration with the DVD distributor, Syndctd Entertainment and International Films Management, the film is getting a special one-day-only theatrical re-release event across North America on September 5, 2013.
In celebration of this milestone, Cliff is asking that fans share photos and stories of their most memorable journey’s and life experiences. Your own “rivers crossed” by posting on Jimmy Cliff’s page and using the #manyriverscrossed hashtag.
Additionally, Cliff and Talenthouse have teamed up to create a video contest for up and coming directors. Directors are invited to download green screen footage of Cliff performing his song, “Reggae Music,” and come up with their own vision for the video. The winning director will be rewarded with a five-day, all expenses paid trip to Jamaica, courtesy of The Jamaican Tourist Board. To enter & get complete contest details, visit HERE
Jimmy Cliff Tour Dates:
Sep. 06 @ Interlocken Music Festival. Arrington, VA
Sep. 08 @ Neptune. Seattle, WA
Sep. 09 @ Wonder Ballroom. Portland, OR
Sep. 10 @ John Van Duzer Theatre. Arcata, CA
Sep. 11 @ The Fillmore. San Francisco, CA
Sep. 12 @ Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica, CA
Sep. 13 @ Belly Up Tavern. Solana Beach, CA
Sep. 15 @ The Depot. Salt Lake City, UT
Sep. 17 @ Boulder Theater. Boulder, CO
Sep. 19 @ First Avenue. Minneapolis, MN
Sep. 20 @ Concord Music Hall. Chicago, IL
Sep. 22 @ Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival. Columbia, MO
Sep. 24 @ The Ridgefield Playhouse. Ridgefield, CT
Sep. 25 @ House Of Blues. Boston, MA
Sep. 27 @ The Howard Theatre. Washington, DC
Sep. 28 @ Webster Hall. New York, NY
Sep. 29 @ Keswick Theatre. Glenside, PA
Jimmy Cliff Links:
Jimmy Cliff Website
Jimmy Cliff Facebook
Article By: Aaron Solomon
WATCH: The trailer for the 2013 Many Rivers Crossed Tour.