Singer Tarrus Riley is not only excited about his upcoming Reggae Sumfest performance on Saturday night, but also about his upcoming performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
THE WEEKEND STAR recently spoke with the singer who, for the first time, will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl in California, a night after his Sumfest appearance.
The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheatre in Hollywood, California, used primarily for music performances. The Bowl has been the stage for historic performances from the likes of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross and Run DMC, among a host of other music greats.
Riley will be performing alongside reggae greats Jimmy Cliff, as well as Sly and Robbie, at the event dubbed ‘Reggae Night’.
He said: “It’s a big deal for me, because of the audience that will be there and the place, the venue is like a stadium. Is big people perform there and, so far, I’ve heard that 15,000 tickets have been sold already.” Riley will be in California for three days before jetting off to Europe for two weeks, then back to America to perform.
Before his touring, however, the singer is promising another great performance at Reggae Sumfest on International Night 2. “Expect the unexpected, I’ve been rehearsing and working hard, cause yuh know we come to give the people real music, the real deal so that people will get the message,” he said.
It was prior to Sumfest last year that Riley released his third studio album, Contagious, that has spanned popular songs such as Love is Contagious, Start Anew, Life of a Gun among others. More recently, Riley released his song, Wildfire, as well as the video, which was directed Melissa Llewellyn and shot in Kingston.