Reggae Band The Irie Ones to Play a “Free Fridays” Concert July 29


Roots reggae band The Irie Ones (formerly Iration) plays at “Free Fridays” Friday, July 29 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

The Irie Ones have been playing reggae music since the 1990s. They have numerous original songs, and cover reggae music as played in the ‘70s and ‘80s by reggae’s musical pioneers such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Maytals. Four distinct singing styles are reminiscent of the old R&B or, in this case reggae, revues. An occasional soca may break out, reflecting the Caribbean roots of the band. Irie means "I'm better than all right!" Feel irie with The Irie Ones! According to the band’s guitarist Mark Stewart, “... reggae has truly gone international... with its emphasis on positive lyrics, it is a powerful force for unity in this troubled world.”

The Irie Ones are Errol Phillips and Horatio Edwards from Jamaica (lead vocals), Garvey Lee from Montserrat (drums), Talabi Efunbumi from Tobago (vocals) and from the U.S. are Mark Stewart (lead guitar), Chet Honeycutt (bass guitar), Adam Careaga and Benny McDowell (saxophones) and Andrew Hamilton (trombones). DJ Don Pablo will also join in as a guest vocalist.

The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.