Mighty Diamonds, Highway 50, Mono Verde Shine at the Fox Theater

The atmospheric weather phenomenon known as El Nino has blown more snow over Colorado than the state has seen in several years. One recent show at the Fox Theater on January 22 in Boulder, CO featuring a trio of roots reggae/ska bands, including reggae pioneers, the Mighty Diamonds, provided a brief respite from winter with a night full of warm, tropical melodies from Jamaica.

Two area favorites, Mono Verde, and Highway 50, helmed by former Samples keyboardist Al Laughin, jumpstarted the evening with a series of percussive world beat and roots ska melodies. Highway 50’s elevated the languid, easy-going style of reggae melodies with a powerful horn section and brawny lead guitar riffs.

The night’s headliners, the Mighty Diamonds, featuring Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, Fitzroy ”Bunny” Simpson and Donald “Tabby” Shaw, formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. They showed, even after 46 years, that they can jump, spin, and belt out Motown-infused reggae with unbridled enthusiasm.

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