Maxi Priest and Beres Hammond Live in Manchester  

When two legends of Reggae music appear on the same bill, you can rest assured that you are going to witness a night to remember. The acoustics have to be of superior quality like the artists themselves. We brought out a very special rig for the occasion, which was based on our premier touring range, featuring our Festival full range speakers and the BS Sub Bass units digitally powered by the industry leading Crown Amplification.

Maxi Priest, who is known as the "King of Lovers Rock", is of Jamaican descent and the second youngest of nine children. His parents moved to England from Jamaica to provide more opportunity for their family and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music. His music is sometimes closer to R&B, and pop, than to reggae music itself. His uncle, Jacob Miller, a reggae icon, was the frontman in the popular reggae group Inner Circle and his son, Ryan Elliott, was a member of the boy band Ultimate Kaos. Priest's musical career began with him singing on the South London reggae sound system Saxon Studio International, after which some independent single releases followed. His first major album was the self-titled Maxi Priest (1988) which, along with his cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World", established him as one of the top British reggae singers. He is one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have a American Billboard number one: "Close to You" in 1990. A duet with Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music", reached the American Top Ten in 1991. His duet with Shaggy in 1996, "That Girl", was also a hit in the United States, peaking at number twenty.

Born the ninth of ten children; Hammond grew up listening to his father's collection of American soul and jazz music; including Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He was further influenced by the native music of ska and rocksteady, in particular Alton Ellis. Hammond began participating in local talent contests from 1972 to 1973, which led to his first recording, of Ellis' "Wanderer". In 1975 he joined the band, Zap Pow, as lead singer, leading to the hit 1978 single, "The System" under the Aquarius Records label. However, he simultaneously sought a solo career, releasing his debut album, Soul Reggae, in 1976. His solo ballads "One Step Ahead" (1976) and Joe Gibbs produced "I'm in Love" (1978), were both hits in Jamaica. He left Zap Pow in 1979 to pursue his solo career, and recorded two more albums in 1980 and 1981. He formed Tuesday's Children, a harmony group that toured but never recorded. Hammond formed his own record label, Harmony Records, in 1985 for the release of his Make a Song album, which had two Jamaican chart-toppers that were influenced by the emerging dancehall style: "Groovy Little Thing" and "What One Dance Can Do". The latter, produced by Willie Lindo, began to break Hammond into the international market. He scored another hit in 1986 with "Settling Down" on his eponymous release. He left his fame in Jamaica for New York in 1987 after being tied up as thieves ransacked his house during a home invasion. There he recorded Have a Nice Weekend and the duet single "How Can We Ease the Pain" with Maxi Priest.





The Legendary Beres Hammond

                 
Venue Maxi Priest and Beres Hammond Installation Type Live Band System Capacity 1500

System Configuration

Front of House - 8 x Blacka Acoustics Festival 12 Full Range Speakers, 8 x Blacka Acoustics BS 18 Sub Bass Speakers, 4 x Blacka Acoustics BS 15 Sub Bass Speakers, 2 x Crown VZ 5002 Amplifiers, 2 x Crown ITEC 8000 Amplifiers, 2 x Crown XTI 2000, 1 x DBX Drive Rack 480 Sound Management System. Stage - 4 x Blacka Acoustics FRW 1201 Wedge Monitors, 8 x Blacka Acoustics FRW 1501 Wedge Monitors, 3 x Crown XTI 2000 Amplifiers, 1 x VDC 48 send 16 return Multicore, Assortment AKG and Shure Beta Mics, 14 x BSS DI Boxes, 1 x Allen and Heath GL3300 Mixing Desk, 5 x BSS Opal Equalisers, 2 x Yamaha STQ 990, 2 x Tascam CDMDI, 8 x Channels Drawmer Compression, 8 x Channels Drawmer Gate, 8 x Channels Shure 58 Beta radio Mics


 
Maxi Priest on Stage
Maxi Priest on Stage
Maxi Priest on Stage
Maxi Priest on Stage
 
 
The Legendary Beres Hammond
The Legendary Beres Hammond
The Legendary Beres Hammond
The Legendary Beres Hammond
 

 


 

.......

web analytics