Ky-mani Marley, the second youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, is coming to Jacksonville on July 9 for a performance and book signing/question-and-answer session for his autobiography, Dear Dad. The show is being held downtown at Poppy Love Smoke and is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. In what may be the best deal of the year, perhaps even the decade, tickets are available online for only $10 until Sunday, June 13. A friend of mine actually thought that this was a scam, which is understandable, considering the fact that the price of lunch scores you the opportunity to see a live Marley performance and spend a few minutes of one-on-one time with him while getting your book signed.
Marley was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, but was raised in Miami from about age seven. He spent most of his childhood isolated from the Marley family and their wealth and as a result, grew up poor in the ghetto of Liberty City. His experiences as a youth make for a very powerful story told in Dear Dad, including his eventual reunification with his father’s family and his rise to become a noted musician and actor in his own right. Marley has four studio albums: Like Father Like Son, a cover of several of his father’s tunes, The Journey, Grammy-nominated Many More Roads, and Radio, which hit #1 on the Billboard reggae album charts. He starred in the films Shottas along with Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell, and Wyclef Jean, One Love with singer Cherine Anderson, and Haven, with Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom.
The event is presented by Southern Comfort Entertainment and is being sponsored by FLAImpulse along with Nokturnal Escape. Live music will be spun all night by DJ Monsta. This is a limited capacity event so purchasing tickets as soon as possible is strongly advised. Poppy Love Smoke is located at 112 E. Adams St. If you would a like a copy of Dear Dad to be signed by Marley, it can purchased on Amazon. Advance tickets are available at http://www.kymanimarleyjax.eventbrite.com.