Taj Weekes

Reggae band to play at Kirkland Art Center

Published Oct 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host Reggae band Taj Weekes and Adowa on Friday, Nov. 2.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $20 and KAC member tickets are $10.

He’s a musician, he’s a poet, he’s a humanitarian. Through his work with UNICEF and his charity They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), Weekes dedicates his time to improving the lives of Caribbean youth through sports, health and enrichment programs as he spreads the love and helps support those in need.

Who is Weekes? The short answer is that he is a dreadlocked Rastafarian musician, bred in the Caribbean but shaped by an intercontinental life experience. A more accurate picture is that he is a creative, poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa. Through his social activism and official role with the United Nations as ‘UNICEF Champion for Children’, Weekes lives life to the fullest, organizers said.

Adowa are a collection of musicians from different cultures and backgrounds. While the band members do change over time, audience members might see a bassist from Dominica seeped in soca, a classically trained keyboardist from Barbados, a Jamaican reggae drummer, and others from all over the Caribbean Islands. The name Adowa harks back to the Battle of Adowa in 1896, which ensured the sovereignty of Ethiopia, and proved a critical event in the advancement of African Independence and pride.

For more information or for tickets, go to the art center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 315-853-8871.