by Jan Salzman
This was a highly anticipated evening at the world renowned Roxy Theatre, situated on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. The intimate setting with great sound and lights has hosted reggae’s finest musicians and this night, ten times Grammy nominated artists, Third World graced the stage for an international live stream on the internet. The opening artist for the evening brought quite a bit of excitement too. Leon and the Peoples is fronted by well known actor, Leon, who has starred in many movies including, Cool Runnings, Waiting to Exhale, and The Temptations, plus many more too numerous to mention. This was a night of fabulous entertainers and exceptional musicians. It was announced before Third Worlds set that this evening’s performance was dedicated to the memory of David Coore, Cat Coores father, who very recently passed on.
Leon and the Peoples came onstage to a cheering crowd. The large band with horn section, two backing singers, and great guitars and drums really drove their reggae-soul sound. They performed a number of selections from their debut album, The Road Less Traveled, fronted by tall and fit Leon who crooned through the songs with a great stage presence. Some of the album songs that they performed were, Brothers and Sisters, What You Gonna Do, Lovely Day and Let Me Live My Life. One of Leon’s directors, Robert Townsend, was in attendance to catch Leon’s set. Leon was brought back for an encore and he chose to cover Peter Tosh’s song Legalize It. I want to mention also that Leon and the Peoples CD was nominated for an International Reggae & World Music Award and won Best International Artist at the Joe Higgs Reggae Awards.