Jo Mersa Marley, the eldest son of Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob Marley, joins the Compton-born Samoan reggae artist Jo Boog on the road. The 2017 U.S. tour goes full circle, kicking off this week in California and spanning over 30 cities across the nation before its return back to the Golden State. See dates below.
Mersa will tour in support of his brand new single "Private Beach Party" (out Jan 13, Ghetto Youths International) off the All Natural Riddim compilation, produced by Stephen Marley and slated for Jan 27 release. Mersa is also slated to release his full-length debut later this year.
Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley was born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 12, 1991 and moved to Miami at age 11. Jo grew up surrounded by music. By the time he was four years old, Jo was appearing onstage alongside his father, his uncle Ziggy and aunts Cedella and Sharon (a.k.a. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers) and their children as part of the group’s rousing concert finales with Jo often taking the mic and chanting the lyrics to the Melody Makers’ biggest songs. He keenly observed his father and his uncle Damian as they created music in Stephen’s Lion's Den studio in Miami. He started making beats when he was about 11 and then began focusing on his songwriting and vocal delivery. He released his debut EP Comfortable in June 2014 on Ghetto Youths International, which spanned pop, hip hop, EDM and dancehall. He has toured extensively in U.S. and Europe alongside acts like Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Slightly Stoopid, UB40 and now J Boog.
Feb 01 @ Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
Feb 02 @ The Foundry at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
Feb 03 @ Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA
Feb 04 @ Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT
Feb 07 @ Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL
Feb 08 @ Turf Club in St Paul, MN
Feb 10 @ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO
Feb 12 @ Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins, CO
Feb 14 @ The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 16 @ Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA
Feb 17 @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
Feb 18 @ The Oregon Winterfest in Bend, OR
Feb 19 @ Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
Feb 22 @ The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA
Feb 23 @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 24 @ The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
Feb 25 @ The Novo in Los Angeles, CA