Reggae and ska legends Toots and the Maytals recently announced a handful of dates across the United States. The Jamaican outfit will primarily stick to the West Coast, with only one East Coast date currently announced.
Toots and the Maytals will be performing at “Groovin in the Park” in Queens on June 26. Their tour kicks off on June 15 in San Diego.
The announcement comes at the end of a three-year touring hiatus after frontman Fredrick “Toots” Hibbert was severely injured during a May 2013 performance in Richmond, Virginia. Hibbert was hit in the forehead with a 1.75-liter vodka bottle, and he got a concussion and needed staples to close the wound. The band halted all tour activity after Hibbert said he no longer felt safe on stage.
In a press release announcing the tour, HIbbert said, “It has been a difficult three years. But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.”
Toots and the Maytals formed in 1963 in Kingston, Jamaica. Their 2004 album, True Love, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. The album featured collaborations of the band’s original music with Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Trey Anastasio, No Doubt, Ben Harper, the Roots and Shaggy.
The group is best known for such hits as “54-46 That’s My Number,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Beautiful Woman.”
June 15, 2016: San Diego — Observatory North Park
June 16, 2016: Santa Ana, Calif. — The Observatory
June 17, 2016: Los Angeles — Fonda Theatre
June 18, 2016: Boonville, Calif. — Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 20, 2016: Seattle — Showbox
June 22, 2016: Victoria, B.C. — Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival
June 23, 2016: Vancouver — Commodore Ballroom
June 24, 2016: Portland, Ore. — Revolution Hall
June 26, 2016: New York City — Groovin’ in the Park