Jimmy Cliff Rocks Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival

By Tom Caldecott

Jimmy CliffThe second night of the Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival had something for everyone – from the reggae sounds of Jimmy Cliff at Yerba Buena Gardens to funky folk with The Dodos at Mezzanine to honky tonk with Red Meat at Minna Alley, and much more.

Known as the “shepherd of reggae music,” Jimmy Cliff charted the course of Jamaican music for nearly 50 years and sold more than 20 million records. Two of his biggest hits, “The Harder They Come” and “Many Rivers to Cross,” are among reggae’s greatest songs, as stirring today as they were when they first hit the charts in 1972. Cliff’s music popularized reggae in the United States and around the world, and he continues to be a great musical ambassador. With his new album, “Rebirth,” produced by Bay Area punk rocker Tim Armstrong, Cliff is enjoying a fresh new burst of creativity.

Cumbia band Candelaria appeared earlier in the evening at Yerba Buena Gardens. Elsewhere around town, fans could take in  frenzied folk with The Dodos at Mezzanine, rock to honky tonk with Red Meat at Minna Alley, sing along to Young Prisms at Mezzanine, and hit the dance floor with DJ CAMS at John Collins and DJ Mei-Lwun at Minna.                               

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