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Tarrus Riley in San Francisco

Tarrus Riley in San Francisco

Tarrus Riley in San Francisco

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Tarrus Riley headlines San Francisco Carnaval's after party at The Mezzanine on May 27th.


Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser in San FranciscoSan Francisco’s Mission District explodes with feathers, drum beats, and scantily dressed dancers every year for Carnaval.  This year’s theme was “Spanning Borders: Bridging Cultures” and it was exciting to see Tarrus Riley’s image posted everywhere along the celebration route, as headlining the multi-culti evening.

Other musical genres represented included Los Rakas, a Spanish rap duo from Oakland, and Sambaxe, Brazilian inspired dancers and musicians.  The club was packed by the time Dean Fraser, saxophonist extraordinaire, blew on to the stage, and a wall of woman (all colors, ages, sizes) crammed up against it, eager to touch “Mr. Love’s Contagious”.

Tarrus, and the entire band, gave an outstanding performance.  He danced, jumped, and reached out throughout the night.  Covering both classic songs like She’s Royal and Protect The People, he also treated us to new work off his latest album, 'Mecoustic'Superman was the night’s highlight for many, as he scanned the crowd, making new eye contact and squeezing a different hand with each repetition of “Yes, you’re beautiful”.

It was great to see so many different cultures in the house, from Shaka Zulu Pickney to all around the globe.  Reggae unites, and Tarrus has proven himself to be a worthy reggae ambassador.  Give thanks.


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