When words like Jah, Rastafari, riddum or any reference to the exalted one, Haile Selassie, are tossed around, it would be safe to assume that drums in half-time and a choppy guitar upstroke are not far behind. Reggae has long been the music of the islands—and in the summertime around Orange County, especially by the beach, it’s not uncommon to have Bob Marley emanating from one’s patio speakers. While not having the notoriety of a Steel Pulse or having the privilege/burden of carrying the Marley name, Pato Banton has managed to get it done—even if somewhat under the radar. Best known for his hit “Don’t Sniff Coke,” Banton has entertained audiences worldwide for the better part of 25 years. So, heed Banton’s sage advice and, rather than sniffing coke, perhaps stop at an area dispensary before checking him out.
Fri., June 3, 8 p.m., 2011