This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 1st, 2011, 11:19 am by Ben Salmon

Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals are coming to Redmond! It took a while, but I tracked down Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and talked to him about the key to his longevity.

“The good music makes me stay on the road,” he said. “People need me so they request me to come, so I have to be on the road. I love what I do, (and I) still like to tour to make sure my audience is happy. They love me very much and I love them very much.”

Their love is rooted, first and foremost, in a handful of hit Toots & the Maytals records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “54-46 Was My Number,” “Bam Bam,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston.”

The band’s early hits are durable classics of the genre, reflective of a time when reggae was a bit grittier and funkier than it tends to be these days.

The Maytals’ music remains popular because it’s “clean” and “positive,” Hibbert said.

“If you’re negative,” he said, “you won’t last long.”

It’s not often Bend gets a performance by an artist as influential as Toots, so you should click here and read what else he had to say.

I also want to highlight my story on Ashland-based indie-folk trio Kites & Crows, who are playing a free show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I really think this is talented up-and-coming band with great songs, so click here to read all about ‘em.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got Ween’s return to Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tracorum kicking off Munch & Music, Sunriver’s Rhythm on the Range festival, Lauren Shera at Silver Moon, a trio of country songwriters at Maragas Winery and Third Seven’s last show before tour, plus Sagebrush Rock, Boxcar String Band, Chris Beland and Last Band Standing.

Enjoy the long weekend and gorgeous weather, folks! Have fun and be safe.

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