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SLY & ROBBIE w/ The Taxi Gang & Bitty McLean
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Saturday, July 26th
Jamaica's Riddim Twins Return With Their Full Band, Horn Section & Vocal Powerhouse Bitty McClean
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $30 day of show, Day Of Tickets Available After 4pm at Moe's Or By Phone At 831 479-1854

Moe's Alley presents a rare intimate performance with Jamaica's Riddim Twins SLY & ROBBIE together wiht their full band and horn section THE TAXI GANG and joined by vocal powerhouse BITTY MCLEAN.  This s the Moe''s Alley debut of both THE TAXI GANG and BITTY MCLEAN.  Buy your tickets early as this Saturday night Reggae party will sell out.  Special guests OMANI & DJ SPLEECE support.

Bitty MclLean - "Baby Tonight"
Bitty Mclean with Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang - "Taxi Sessions" 2013 release sampler

Bitty McLean with Sly & Robbie were recently top performers on the Legends Festival in San Diego, CA. Bitty Mclean with Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang are slated to tour North America in June / July 2014.  Bitty Mclean has many notable worldwide hit songs and he has toured Europe and Japan extensively doing festivals and club dates backed by Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang. Bitty's studio work is also a collaboration with Sly and Robbie.

Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass), the arrangers, producers, songwriters, session musicians and developers of raw talent, are widely acknowledged as 'the world's greatest rhythm section'. 'The Riddim Twins' have been together for over 35 years....between them they are estimated to have played on or produced over 200,000 recordings. Their list of collaborators is a veritable who's who -- there's every prominent Jamaican artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Don Carlos, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Shaggy, Cherine Anderson, Bitty Mclean, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, IniKamoze; and they have played with and produced artists such as Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana, Sinéad O'Connor,  Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40's Ali Campbell, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Michael Franti and countless others.

They have an extensive history. Sly and Robbie have toured North America, Europe and Japan with the Taxi Gang which includes an ultimate lineup of top Jamaican recording musicians. Sly and Robbie, affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music.  Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's.  Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era.
Bitty Mclean is a much loved UK based talent with an astonishing voice and unnerving ability to pen a pop smash. McLean launched himself into the high end of the British charts with a string of Top Ten hits in the early 90s. Born in 1972, Bitty's earliest memories were punctuated with the music he would hear courtesy of his father's sound system, where he started by singing over Jamaican Dub and Instrumental riddims. In 1992, McLean not only co-produced but played and sang on UB40's hugely successful album Promises And Lies which sold 8 million copies. Bitty's own recordings including It Keeps Rainin, Dedicated To The One I Love, Here I Stand notched up 3 UK top ten singles by 1994 selling over 1 million records. The subsequent years saw Bitty accrue a fearsome catalogue of top 30 singles, as well as playing UK arena tours with UB40, Wet Wet Wet and Simply Red.

In 2004, Bitty released the superb On Bond Street, in which Duke Reid's Treasure Isle instrumentals played by the legendary Tommy McCook and the Supersonics formed the basis of the album. Bitty complemented these 35 year old tracks with such elegance it was hard to believe he was not there when the tracks were originally recorded.
 Bitty followed up with a major collaboration with the worlds' greatest rhythm section, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The trio recorded Movin' On, a brand new studio album in Kingston, Jamaica. Featuring the hits Real Thing, Lately and Let Them Talk, Movin' On came out in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim, as the New York Times hailed it as the best Reggae album of that year.
Following tours of Europe and Japan with Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang, Bitty went back to the studio and recorded a follow up to Movin' On entitled The Taxi Sessions. The Taxi Sessions blends Sly and Robbie's classic hard rockers and rub a dub riddims recorded during the 80's with a first rate line up of Jamaican musicians with Bitty's trademark voice. Featuring the Riddim Twins' distinctive sound along with Bitty's songwriting and vocals, The Taxi Sessions not only reaffirms, but also solidifies Bitty McLean as one of Reggae's premier singers and songwriters, as exemplified by superb tracks such as Blessings By The Score,  Brotherman or  A Step Closer

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