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Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse bring the Rasta to Wine Country

by on Aug.15, 2016, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Ziggy Marley & Steel Pulse bring the Rasta to Wine Country

Ziggy Marley brought his 2016 Summer tour to the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA for the first time on Friday night (August 12), and filled the venue with positive vibes that will continue to resonate for quite some time.

Ziggy has taken the legendary Steel Pulse out for this portion of his tour, and the British Reggae legends delivered with an awesome hour long set of the positive protest music that has made them who they are, and who they continue to be.

After starting his amazing musical career with some of his brothers and sisters in the Melody Makers in the 1980's, Ziggy is now touring behind what is his newest self-titled and sixth solo album. The new material sounds beautiful live, with he and the band opening the set with the fresh track, "Start It Up." The show continued with more amazing music from his Melody Makers days, the best of his solo career, and selections representing his legendary Dad, Bob, with "One Love," "Is This Love," and "Could You Be Loved." The message and music wrapped up with another fresh track, "Love Is A Rebel." Admittedly I hadn't heard much of the latest album, but I will make it a point to get it and live with it going forward.

It's been quite the legacy that Ziggy has more than lived up to, continuing his father's worldwide vibe of peace and positivity and everyone felt it at Vina Robles on this night, with an epic show that had an underlying message of freedom for the common man.

For more on Ziggy's new album, upcoming tour dates, and info on his new "Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook," inspired by the Jamaican meals Ziggy enjoyed growing up with an updated healthy spin, visit

Visit for all upcoming shows in the heart of beautiful California Central Coast Wine Country.

For more photos from the show, check out Marshall of Rock on Facebook.

Special Thanks to Annisha Hinkle and Jennifer Anderson of Nederlander.

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The Doobie Brothers bring the party to Vina Robles Amphitheatre (photos)

by on Sep.16, 2013, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

The Doobie Brothers bring the party to Vina Robles Amphitheatre (photos)

The anticipation for a great night of music was in the air at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California on September 14, with the Doobie Brothers adding to the fantastic lineup of concerts for the inaugural season at the beautiful amphitheatre nestled in the heart of Wine Country. After an entertaining set by openers Occasional Mustache, who describe their sound as 'Californicana'— "country-rock soaked in sun, surf, and bud," the crowd was ready to party on this Saturday night show with the legendary band who need to be inducted soon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Doobies set the tone from the start with classic cuts 'Jesus Is Just Alright With Me,' 'Rockin' Down the Highway,' 'Take Me In Your Arms,' 'Depending On You' and 'Clear As the Driven Snow.' The crowd was with them the whole way, ready for a great evening of quality rock. (click to enlarge picture)

That was followed by the tracks 'Brighter Day' and the title track from their 2010 album 'World Gone Crazy.' The Doobies went back to 1975 next for 'Neal's Fandango' and then a fantastic acoustic sit-down with Patrick Simmons and John McFee blending together like the fine wine of the Vina Robles Winery. (click photo to enlarge)


Patrick Simmons handled the lead vocal next on 'Slack Key Soquiel Rag,' as the crowd's appreciation continued at that Saturday night party level, with a standing ovation.


The Doobies followed that with amazing renditions of 'Eyes of Silver,' 'Takin' It to the Streets,' and blues leaning 'Don't Start Me Talkin.' Long time members Tom Johnston (Vocals/Guitar), Patrick Simmons (Vocals/Guitar), John McFee (Guitar/Strings/Vocals), Marc Russo (Saxophone) and Guy Allison (Keyboards/Vocals) all showcased their amazing individual talents, as did bassist John Cowan (with the band since 2010) and drummers Ed Toth (since 2005) and Tony Pia (since 2010).

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'Black Water' and 'Long Train Runnin' followed, with an encore after the crowd chants of "Doobies...Doobies...Doobies!," brought the band back to wrap up the night with 'China Grove,' 'Road Angel,' and 'Listen to the Music.'


It was truly a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance from The Doobies. Let's hope the induction committee sees fit to elect the band in 2014! For more photos of The Doobie Brothers give the Marshall of Rock Facebook page a like, and for the remainder of the concert season check out Special thanks to Caroline Stegner.


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