Maxi Priest and KES The Band Unite for the Timeless Concert on Easter Sunday in New York City
Reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca powerhouse KES The Band unite on stage for the aptly titled Timeless concert, a musical celebration this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Presented by New York City’s haute nightlife tastemakers Big & Strong and The Tryst Group, this extraordinary concert takes centerstage at the ultrachic performance venue Stage 48 in the heart of Manhattan, and guarantees a timeless experience for all.
“Timeless is the ultimate musical experience that transcends the bounds of musical genres and eras,” state promoters Big & Strong and Tryst. “The combination of artistry, matching the excitement and the energy of KES The Band with the ageless and illimitable Maxi Priest, represent the finest in Caribbean musicality.”
The Grammy Award-winning Maxi Priest and his incomparable repertoire of enduring hits, including international blockbusters “Wild World” and “Close To You,” remain as relevant today as when they were first unleashed onto the musical landscape. His distinct musical styling spans temporal and spatial boundaries and capture the very essence of timelessness. “Timeless is the height of a musical journey for me,” reveals Maxi Priest. “I am looking forward to taking my fans through the best of Maxi Priest and making them fall in love all over again.”
With their pulsating beats, ever-infectious rhythms and engaging story-telling lyricism, KES The Band is undoubtedly the best of now, and their timeless sound will continue to resonate in the future. Their breakout smash hits “Wotless” and “Where Yuh From” catapulted them to fame beyond soca borders, and new singles like “Tuesday On The Rocks” propelled them to the front lines of the emerging island pop genre. “We are excited to be headlining Timeless with Maxi Priest,” discloses Kees Dieffenthaller, frontman of KES The Band. “Our fans can rest assured that this will be KES The Band like you have never experienced before in North America!”
Both acts will be backed by full live bands, making for a timeless time, indeed. Timeless takes place from 4pm to 10pm, with showtime set for 7pm. Stage 48 is located at 605 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. This event is open to 21+ with valid ID. For further information on the Timeless concert, including ticket details and locations, please log on to timelessconcert.com.
ABOUT MAXI PRIEST
Reggae music has flourished in this post-Internet age. It’s never been so accessible and yet whilst new acts are plentiful, global audiences are still drawn towards those legends who achieved worldwide recognition the hard way; i.e. by making hits of timeless appeal, and are stamped with authenticity.
As verified by his long-awaited retrospective, ‘Maximum Collection,’ Maxi Priest has earned his place among other greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Dennis Brown in spreading the reggae gospel far and wide. This is an extraordinary achievement for a singer steeped in Jamaican music, yet raised in South London. Maxi’s joyous brand of reggae and lovers’ rock, infused with r&b and accompanied by real charisma, would bring him a level of success no other British reggae singer can match. He’s deserved it too, because despite the pressures of stardom, he’s remained true to his core audience from the beginning.
Maxi original fans yearned for songs that reflected their own aspirations, tastes and upbringing. Many came from hardworking immigrant families who’d faced discrimination and yet still found the resolve to build strongly knit communities. Whether it told of hardship or romance, reggae music formed the soundtrack to these people’s lives and by the time riots had swept through Britain’s inner cities in the early Eighties, they were ready to celebrate one of their own.
‘Should I’ had already flown to No. 1 on the Black Echoes charts before Maxi signed with Virgin Records, and follow-up hit ‘In The Springtime’ announced the arrival of his 1985 debut album ‘You’re Safe.’ That was the year he was invited to appear at the UK Reggae Sunsplash, and gave a crowning performance infront of 25,000 people crammed into Crystal Palace football stadium. A short while earlier, he and Paul Robinson had produced Philip Levi’s ‘Mi God Mi King,’ which made history by becoming the first British reggae production to reach No. 1 on the Jamaican charts – a feat that remains unequalled to this day. Whilst his record label saw him as a marketing dream, British reggae audiences took note of his South London roots, and appreciated his humble beginnings.
For more information on Maxi Priest, log on to maxipriest.com.
ABOUT KES THE BAND
Kees Dieffenthaller began performing in the late 90s, fronting a cover band that specialized in Billboard chart-toppers, and popular soca and reggae tracks. Due to his vocal range, stage presence, good looks, and uncanny ability to mimic popular artists, Kees quickly created a buzz and attracted a large, loyal following. On the crest of all this success and momentum, Kees exited the cover band circuit in 2005 and formed his own band, KES, with the dream to pursue great original music. Featuring his brothers Hans (drums), Jon (lead guitar), and best friend Riad Boochoon (bass), Kees was now able to work with similarly focused members on creating original music that could have international appeal.
Since branching out on their own, KES The Band has managed to achieve significant success on a worldwide scale. For starters, the band has released several albums (Three Baldheads & a Dread, Lion and On in Five), with more than a dozen tracks making it into the top 10 of major Caribbean charts. Additionally the band has won numerous awards for songwriting; toured globally, performed at major festivals and events in the United States, Canada and Germany; opened for acts such as Sean Paul, Musiq Soul Child, Usher, John Legend, and Rihanna; and had their music featured on television shows broadcast on MTV and BET, as well as licensed tracks to popular games on major video game platforms.
KES The Band’s unique blend of soulful vocals and calypso-inspired melodies, over a fusion of rock riffs and island beats, hints of soca and reggae, can best be described as Caribbean Pop. This style has elevated KES to stardom, allowing the band to become a household name in Trinidad & Tobago and throughout the Caribbean circuit including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, but also garnering attention from the mainstream market, where they consistently win over audiences with their electric and high-energy performances.
For more information on KES The Band, log on to kestheband.com.
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