Island grooves sweep Snowshoe mountain
The Wailers — the iconic reggae band formed by legendary musician Bob Marley in the late 1960s — came to Pocahontas County recently and performed at The Connection night club at Snowshoe.
According to a press release by the band, the Wailers, with Bob Marley, have sold more than 250 million albums around the world.
“Outside of their groundbreaking work with Bob Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. Reggae music has never stopped evolving, but for millions of people around the world — it's still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers.”
Beverage manager Richard Mandy has been with the resort for about two months now, and said the resort is striving to bring bigger names like the Wailers to Snowshoe.
“It's exciting for the mountain,” said Mandy. “It's the level of entertainment we're trying to establish here for The Connection and the mountain top as a music venue. We're hoping to bring in more nationally acclaimed acts and bands and give our guests a nice mix throughout the season.”
Mandy said the Wailers are the first major headliner Snowshoe has had since he's been there, but he was really happy with attendance and he got a lot of good feedback from folks at the show.
“We're sold out — I guess we can't do any better than that,” joked Mandy. “Everyone has been very complimentary about the quality of the room and the sound and the lighting. This is a top-notch show, so it's been great.”
The Wailers performed many of their classic hits like “Rastaman Vibration,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Redemption Song” throughout the performance.
Mandy, originally from York, England, said it was personally rewarding to see the Wailers perform Friday night.
“I grew up with this back in the 70s,” said Mandy. “In college, Bob Marley was actually my favorite, and I saw him live, so it's nice to meet the rest of the team that's left.”
Mandy said to keep an eye on Snowshoe's FaceBook page for upcoming shows.
“We've got more to come,” Mandy said. “A couple major college bands are coming through, Shawn Owen will be playing on the 19th with his full band. We're going to try and mix up the Friday — Saturday night entertainment.”