Jamaica-born Ziggy Marley, who has a famous reggae name, is developing his own sound: a little reggae, a little hip-hip, some rhythm and blues.

PORTLAND – Tickets will go on sale today at noon for a concert by Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti & Spearhead at the State Theatre Sunday, Feb. 29.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Marley was 10 when he first sat in on recording sessions with his father’s band, the legendary reggae troupe Bob Marley and the Wailers. Joining with his three siblings to become the Melody Makers, Ziggy crafted his own soulful sound blending blues, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and roots reggae.

After their first two albums, “Play the Game Right” in 1985 and “Hey World!” in 1986, the Melody Makers earned their first Grammy (Best Reggae Recording) for “Conscious Party,” a 1988 album produced by Talking Heads Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, which included the hit songs “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.”

Subsequent albums included the Grammy-winning “One Bright Day” (1989), “Jamekya” (1991), “Joy and Blues” (1993), “Free Like We Want 2 B” (1995), their third Grammy winner “Fallen is Babylon” (1997), “Spirit of Music” (1999) and “Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol 1” (2000), which featured some of their biggest hits as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.”

The Portland concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 609 Congress St. For more information, people can visit www.ziggymarley.com

Tickets are available at the State Theatre’s box office (open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday); at Ticketmaster outlets; by phone at (207) 775-3331 and online at www.LiveAtTheState.com

Tickets are $26, general admission, for all ages.


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