A sneak peek …

… at some of the great paintings of African American soldiers throughout U.S. history that you’ll see in the Saxe room today, if you attend day 3 of the Bob Marley Bash at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square.

They’re exhibited in honor of Black History Month – FEBRUARY. I saw them, along with 15 or so other paintings, Friday and loved them! These big, bold works of art pay homage to our troops of color – unsung American heroes. They comprise a traveling exhibit that is making its way throughout our state; they were created by Boston artists who are hoping the USPS makes them commemorative stamps. Cool! Here’s hoping our school kids can view them and discuss them in school, church and around the family kitchen table!





CAM00414Today! Sunday –  February 8 – Celebration film!

 Documentary ~ Rocksteady Roots of Reggae Music

While everybody has heard the music of Bob Marley, the superstar of reggae, few people know that it was Rocksteady that developed the buoyant rhythms, prominent bass pulse, soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave reggae its power.

This film features a mix of studio recording sessions at Tuff Gong Studios, rarely seen archival footage from the period and interviews with the performers at home or at places on the island that had had profound effects on their music and lives.

Drumming too with Francesca Abbey Worcester Public Library

Be there! 2 pm – 5 pm


And the lady who makes the Bob Marley celebration happen every year in Worcester  – PARLEE JONES! Here she is (far left) at the library, on Friday, with friends at the beginning of the celebration.     – R. Tirella