Ironstone adds Felder, Marley to popular concert series

Two more shows have been added to the lineup at the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys. On June 22, the crowd rocks out to the hits of Don Felder, performing with the Little River Band, Ambrosia and Firefall. Then, on June 28, the audience will groove to Ziggy Marley, who appears with Michael Franti and Spearhead and special guest the English Beat.

“One epic night of the best of the ’70s with Don Felder’s Eagles hits like ‘Hotel California,’ ‘Those Shoes’ and many more,” says ironstoneamphitheatre.net.

The Little River Band is well-known for hits like “Lonesome Loser,” “Got You on My Mind” and “Lady.” Ambrosia, which hit its stride in the ’70s and ’80s, brings hits like “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.”

Firefall gained fans with hits like “You are the Woman,” “Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices were not available as of press time, but they go on sale Thursday.

Eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, author and reggae star Marley has released 13 albums to critical acclaim. And with his own record label, he now has control of his master recordings and publishing. His first forays into music were at age 10, when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, reggae legend Bob Marley.

Ziggy Marley’s first solo album was released in 2003, followed by “Love is My Religion,” which scored the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2006. Third album “Family Time” won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album, and his fifth solo studio effort, “Fly Rasta,” earned another Best Reggae Album Grammy. His most recent album, “Rebellion Rises,” earned a Grammy nomination.

Throughout the record, Marley encourages people to stand together.

“Every song speaks to the rebellion, but the word ‘love’ is also in a lot of them,” Marley said. “Love is the foundation. This entire album is a message to the best side of humanity. It’s a rallying cry and encouragement for us to stand up. When we do, our actions will be felt. We will change the direction of this world instead of what we see happening today. We will make it better, but we have to do more. We have to take a stand. We have to get more active. No matter what the fake leaders say, we’re going to love one another first.”

Franti says he believes that a battle between cynicism and optimism is ongoing right now, because he feels it in himself. He made an album to remind himself and listeners that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for. The album, “Stay Human Vol. II,” accompanies his film “Stay Human,” and is about how people hold on to their humanity in challenging times, with 14 “life-affirming” songs that are about being your authentic self and standing up for the greater good.

“It’s a constant battle for me to stay on the side that believes your goodness will always win and that there’s goodness within each person,” Franti said. “Sometimes it’s hard to really hold onto that as my moral compass, but I really do believe in that.”

Franti mixes hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock with players in his San Francisco band, and longtime fans say the group’s shows just get better and better.

The English Beat blends ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock into a high-energy mix that fans love. The group’s song “Save It for Later” was is featured in the 2017 movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Tickets for the show that starts at 7 p.m. range from $53 to $253 at ironstoneamphitheatre.net.

Contact Mike Taylor at mtaylor@calaverasenterprise.com

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