In the heart of downtown Brooklyn, right in the midst of the working area, Metrotech came alive with the handclapping, foot-stomping Ska and Reggae sound of Toots and the Maytals. Lunchtime patrons, music lovers and seniors from the nearby nursing facility were fully entertained by this energetic performer. I was moved by the ageless Toots Hibberts, as he entertained the crowd that gathered under the trees in the 90+ degree weather, made even hotter by the performance on stage.
Toots took the audience back in time, giving them some of his earliest hits. From Ska to Reggae, There was a song to fill the gap, "Daddy," "Pump and Pride," "Country Road," "Time Tough" and "Funky Kingston." Even for the patrons unfamiliar with his body of work, his style still similar to the early rhythm and blues, could find something to clap along to.
His festival songs were well received, as one older patron, flags in tow, got up and swung to the rhythm of these songs. "Sweet and Dandy," "Monkey Man," and "Bam, Bam" among others were sung.
Almost reluctant to leave the stage after a two-hour performance, Toots was moving, really moving as he stomped and sang to his last song, "5446, Was My Number."
Like fine wine, Toots gets better with age.
No one could have asked for a better act to end the summer concert season at Metrotech.
Check him at SOBís (N.Y.) on August 27th.
Mi deh yah now!
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