Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley, the son of Bob Marley, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Mount Baker Theatre on his "Wild and Free" world tour, in support of his fourth studio album of the same title.
Since he's on tour, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to email Ziggy a few questions.
Here's what he wrote:
MB: What was your childhood like, musically, with your dad and siblings?
ZM: Well, music was always around the house. But our education was the most important thing when we were younger, and schooling.
MB: Were you encouraged to pursue music as a profession?
ZM: No, I wasn't necessarily encouraged to pursue it because as I said education was first. We didn't really have to pursue it because it was in us and we had to pursue the things that weren't in us; schooling was very important.
MB: How is your dad's legacy continuing with you?
ZM: In terms of legacy, we continue it by being good people, trying to be good people; that's how the legacy is continued.
MB: What is the importance of a professional musician becoming involved with issues of social and/or political significance?
ZM: Music is a vehicle! It is in important if the individual finds it important. Music can be a valuable tool and can influence society.
MB: What causes do you personally support?
ZM: I personally support love.
MB: Who are some of the musicians, famous or not, friends of your dad's or not, who have had an impact on your music and your career, and also on your personal philosophy?
ZM: Dennis Brown, Toots Hilbert, Delroy Wilson, Fela Kuti. ... Hmm who else? Everybody! My personal philosophy is I gather information from all of the other artists but it is unique to me as my own philosophy.
MB: What's fun for you while you tour?
ZM: For fun on tour we laugh and joke with each other!
MB: What have been some of the highlights or special memories so far in this tour?
ZM: The people! The people enjoying the show!
MB: Any other projects that you've done that you are proud of?
ZM: Marijuana Man is another creative project I've done and creating it was special in itself.
For more on the concert or for reservations, call 360-734-6080 or visit mountbakertheatre.com.
Watch Ziggy perform "Love is My Religion" and other songs in this "YouTube Presents" web video.
WEB SERIES CREATORS HOST SCREENING, KICKSTARTER LAUNCH AT PICKFORD
D4 Productions, creators of the "Dark Darkness" Web series, hosts a free and open screening of the series and kicks off its 30-day Kickstarter campaign with a free launch party at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.
Series director and co-producer Wilson Large, with fellow producer James Pidgeon, both of Bellingham, host the launch party, which features a screening of the prequel, and the live Kickstarter campaign countdown to launch. The team is seeking support from fans, followers and friends to produce and release the remaining "introductions" episodes that introduce the four main protagonists of the series.
"Dark Darkness" is a comedy-fantasy-adventure Web series that features dark lords, mythical crossbreeds, a vampire wizard, a sorceress-ninja queen, Jerry the Snakeman, a yeti, a troll, sheep and others. Characters join forces or conspire against each other in a magical, fantastical realm. In pursuit of the truth, power, and "darkness," characters strive to solve a murder mystery amidst raucous high jinks at a pace of 10 webisodes per season.
The concept for "Dark Darkness" is based on of the award-winning original play, "The Dastardly Death of Dr. Darkness," by Bellingham's Ben Eisner that premiered at the iDiOM Theater. Screenplay adaptation was written by Large, who began filming the series in Bellingham in March. The series includes a cast of six main characters, in addition to minor characters and extras, and is produced by Pidgeon of Hand Crank Films. Large has worked in the film industry for 20 years and has three titles in distribution. He formed D4 Productions in 2012.
"We're excited for people to meet the characters who are going to make 'Dark Darkness' one of the best new series to hit the Internet," Large said in a press release.
"And we're looking forward to launching a production that has the potential to put a lot of Bellingham filmmakers to work."
Upon successful completion of the Kickstarter campaign, the "Introductions" episodes will launch into full production, with webisodes released in sequence on the "Dark Darkness" YouTube Channel. Details: facebook.com/DDofDD, darkdarkness.com.
BRESKIN HOSTS ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CONCERT
Bellingham folksinger and guitar teacher Flip Breskin hosts her annual birthday concert, open to who she calls her "music buddies," who'll join her in song (or they'll sing one or two to her), at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at The Willows, behind St. Joseph Medical Center. Anyone who wants to honor Flip in her 62nd year is welcome to join her. Mallard Ice Cream will be served. She's asking for a donation from $8 to $12, but no one will be turned away, she says. Details: 360-671-4511.
ABOUT BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald.
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