Bob Marley Coming to Arlington

Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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Bob Marley’s music continues to unite diverse peoples. At 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, will rock with Marley’s music as presented by the multi-generational Family Folk Chorale, Pihcintu, a multi-national children’s chorus and Glen DaCosta, of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Family Folk Chorale Artistic Director Chris Eastburn notes, “Bob Marley’s melodies summon spontaneous singing from the heart. His grooves make you want to dance from your soul and his lyrics calling for the unity of the human family ring as true today as when they were written. Bring your parents and children to sing and dance along with the Family Folk Chorale and Pihcintu in this intergenerational and multicultural celebration of Bob Marley’s music.”

Saxophonist Glen DaCosta toured all over the world with Bob Marley and the Wailers. He can be heard on the albums “Kaya,” “Exodus” and “Confrontation” and he was was with Marley on the Survival Tour, one of Marley’s last before his death in 1981. After Marley’s death, DaCosta continued with the Wailers and accompanied many bands, including Gladys Knight, Lou Ralls, Aretha Franklin, UB 40 and Ray Goodman. He is currently writing a book about his years with Bob Marley. You can learn more about him at

The Family Folk Chorale was founded in 1999 with the belief that everyone can sing and that people of all ages singing together is powerful music. The multi-generational group of 60 singers ranges in age from 3-74. Membership includes whole families as well as individuals. Sometimes there are three generations of the same family singing together! The group is backed by a band, featuring Glen DaCosta on saxophone, Gary Backstrom on electric guitar, Paul Wolstencroft on keyboards, Leo Sharimataro on drums and Matt Laurence on electric bass.

Pihcintu, a Passamaquoddy word meaning “when she sings her voice carries far,” is based in Portland, Maine. It is composed of immigrant girls from 15 different countries, many of whom had to flee from war-torn villages and bloodshed. The chorus was established by Con Fullum, an award-winning producer, musician and songwriter, as a way for these girls to connect with one another and build a supportive community. Through the healing power of music, these vulnerable young women have formed a powerful and permanent bond. Pihcintu was invited to appear on NBC’s Today Show, and an excerpt from that performance can be viewed at

The combined choruses will sing Bob Marley reggae favorites and classics, including “One Love/People Get Ready,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Lively Up Yourself” and more.

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