Toots & the Maytals

When people think of reggae music, it's Mr. Bob Marley that pops into their minds. But, the next best and biggest thing to bless the irie scene is Toots & the Maytals, who are known as one of the best ska and reggae vocal groups of all time. The popular Jamaican group was formed in the 1960s and remains a key figure in reggae music . Frederick Hibbert AKA Toots still leads the band and jams out at the ripe old age of 64. Last night I was lucky enough to see Toots and his gang perform from front row at the historic Key Club on Sunset Boulevard.

The Key Club goes down in the books for being "the spot" of rock 'n' roll ever since the 1960s when it was named Gazzari's by its creator Bill Gazzari, The Godfather of Rock n Roll. Bands that have graced its stage throughout the past three decades include The Doors, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses. The legacy still continues today with performances by Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Incubus, Tony Bennett, Prince, The Roots, Def Leppard and last night with Toots & the Maytals. The legendary reggae band kept the crowd dancing and singing along to their catchy songs all night.

I hung out with some lovely people backstage and then I met Adrian Grenier and his real life entourage in VIP. Although his character Vincent Chase portrays the ulimate celebrity bachelor on the hit HBO series Entourage, Grenier lacks those lady slaying skills in real life. There's no doubt he's still a cutie pie up close and he had a blast at the concert singing out loud to all the lyrics. After the show, my friends and I hopped onto the tour bus to congratulate Toots on a great gig. The happy-go-lucky reggae master was all smiles and a pleasure to be around. It was an honour being able to hug the jolly man who was one of the first artists to use the word reggae.

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