The Jamaican flag being raised and the herbal remedies being spread throughout the air. You know it had to be and yes, indeed, it’s one of the great protégé sons of the late great Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, dreadlocks spread all the way down, entering the Skyline stage, as one of the main headliners to close out the second day of North Coast Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago.
Getting the smooth and relaxing vibes of a chill, but good set going, Damian gets people to start dubstepping a little to Skrillex and his Reggaestep collaboration of Make It Bun Dem, before setting up shop, to encourage people to, Set Up Shop. Then slowing things down and trying to get the relevant message of justice and peace throughout the world with, More Justice.
You know Jr. Gong couldn’t do a set without dedicating a slow wind song for all of the women to wind down to with, Hey Girl and of course all of the beautiful queens of the world with his cover of the beautifully timeless Reggae Dancehall collaboration of his with Bobby Brown, Beautiful. Still staying with beautiful love songs and arguably one of the greatest songs of all-time, as he gets everyone deep in their feelings with how much heart he shows to his love in, Affairs of the Heart.
Damian would get more political and deep again with covers of Nas and his collaborations, Dispear and Land of Promise from their timeless collabo album, Distant Relatives. Before asking who loved Marijuana and telling the many great medical uses and cures that it can be used for, before going into one of his more recent singles, Medication.
Spreading peace and love is also what all the Marley’s do with their music. So you know of course Damian had to also play Love and Inity, as well as a cover of his late great father & The Wailers always timelessly classic record, War/ No More Trouble. The almost just as legendary great son of the late great, Bob Marley, showing just how powerful the message and relevance is today in his music, for this generation, just as it was his father’s, in his generation.