Commencing in Redway, CA on August 26th, 2021, the eight-time GRAMMY-winning musician Stephen Marley will kick off his 20+ city Babylon By Bus Tour. Cementing his iconic status while proudly carrying on the Marley legacy, Stephen aptly titled his tour after his father Bob Marley and The Wailers’ iconic 1978 live album. The headlining tour spans the United States' Pacific Coast, Southwest, The Rocky Mountains, Midwest and Southeast region, wrapping in Asheville, NC on September, 26, 2021.
Stephen will perform with his band, playing a mixture of his own hits covering his illustrious 40+ year career and revitalizing some of his father’s iconic catalog.
In 2020, Bob Marley would’ve turned 75-years-old. The Marley family honored this celebration virtually during the pandemic, but as a continuation Stephen will join his brother Ziggy for a special tribute concert at the Beachlife Music Festival in Redondo Beach, CA on Sun. Sept 12, 2021.
Also as part of the Babylon By Bus 2021 Tour, a dollar from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Ghetto Youths Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley to provide aid, assistance, resources and opportunity to communities in need. Today, Trenchtown, Jamaica, is the site of some of the Ghetto Youths Foundation's most exceptional work. This unique and vibrant community is known for producing some of the greatest artists in the world, including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Toots Hibbert, yet 100% of the population still lives below the poverty line. The foundation has created an elderly food program, wellness initiatives providing medical care for all ages and educational endeavors that support young people with tuition, books, backpacks, pencils and give them access to safe homework centers with computers and technology.
Stephen Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years-old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers. The singer, songwriter, musician and producer has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. He won this accolade as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon. Following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2012), the multi-talented artist's latest studio album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life (2016) is the second installment of his two part series, which was released on the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International label imprint. Whereas The Root of Life is more a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life utilized a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip hop. The album features Rick Ross, Pit Bull, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Ky-Mani Marley and Jo Mersa. In 2018, Stephen released a 5-track EP, One Take: Acoustic Jams consisting of his and his father's tracks deconstructed in raw form. He took this stripped-down set on the road for three North American tours. In more recent years, Stephen has expanded on his philanthropic efforts. He continues mission work as the co-founder of Ghetto Youths Foundation. He also created Kaya Fest, an annual music festival which began in 2017 to raise awareness on the benefits of cannabis guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.”
2021 STEPHEN MARLEY U.S. TOUR DATES
Thu. August 26, 2021 in Redway, CA @ Mateel Community Center
Fri. August 27, 2021 in Placerville, CA @ Dry Diggings Festival
Sat. August 28, 2021 in Monterey,CA @ Fairgrounds
Sun. August 29, 2021 in Rohnert Park, CA @ Somo
Tue. August 31, 2021 in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Thu. September 2, 2021 in Denver,CO @ Number Thirty Eight
Sat. September 4, 2021 in Vail, CO @ Gerald R Ford Amphitheater
Sun. September 5, 2021 in Aztec, NM @ Tico Time River
Wed. September 8, 2021 in Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Fri. September 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV @ Event Lawn (Virgin Hotel)
Sat. September 11, 2021 in San Diego, CA @ PETCO Park In The Park
Sun. September 12, 2021 in Redondo Beach, CA @ Beachlife *
Wed. September 15, 2021 in Austin,TX @ Haute Spot
Thu September 16, 2021 in New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Fri. September 17, 2021 in Nashville,TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sat. September 18, 2021 in Aurora, IL @The Piazza
Tue. September 21, 2021 in Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live
Sat. September 25, 2021 in Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Sun. September 26, 2021 Sun in Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station
*Bob Marley’s 76th Anniversary Tribute with Ziggy Marley