Beres Hammond to light up NY with tri-state tour

Jamaican singer Beres Hammond.
Photo by Ajamu

The Jamaica Consulate General in New York said on Friday that legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond is set to captivate audiences across the tri-state area with his soulful voice and timeless hits.

As part of the Jamaica Independence celebratory events, the Jamaica Consulate General said that Beres Hammond and Friends will perform at three iconic venues: College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on Aug. 1; Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn on Aug. 3; and NJPAC in Newark, NJ on Aug. 4.

“The tour is proudly presented by Jammins Reggae Fest and supported by the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York,” the Consulate General said.

It said Beres Hammond, renowned for his unique blend of soulful reggae, has been a “mainstay in the music industry for over four decades.”

Renowned for hits like “Rockaway,” “Tempted to Touch,” and “I Feel Good,” the Jamaica Consulate General said Hammond’s music “transcends generations and continues to resonate with fans worldwide.

“His smooth, emotive voice and heartfelt lyrics have earned him a place among reggae’s elite, often referred to as the ‘Otis Redding of Reggae,’” it said.

The Jamaica Consulate General said Hammond’s career began in the 1970s, with his debut album “Soul Reggae,” “setting the stage for his future success.”

Over the years, it said Hammond has released numerous albums and singles that have become reggae anthems.

‘“His 1990 album, ‘A Love Affair’ and subsequent releases like ‘Full Attention’ and ‘In Control’ solidified his reputation as a leading figure in reggae music,” the Consulate General said.

It said Hammond’s collaborations with other reggae icons, such as Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Maxi Priest, “have further showcased his versatility and enduring appeal.”

“The tour kicks off at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, where fans can expect an electrifying performance filled with classic hits and new favorites,” the Consulate General said. “The intimate setting of the hall will provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night of music.”

It said the Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, an outdoor venue, known for its vibrant atmosphere and stunning views of the ocean, is “an ideal location for a summer evening concert,” adding that “fans can enjoy the music under the stars, making for a truly magical experience.”

The final stop of the tour will be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

As one of the premier venues in the region, the Jamaica Consulate General said NJPAC offers “state-of-the-art acoustics and a spacious setting, ensuring that every note of Hammond’s soulful performance will be heard in crystal-clear quality.”

“This tour is not just a musical event but a celebration of Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage,” it said. “The concerts coincide with Jamaica’s Independence Day festivities, adding an extra layer of significance to the performances.

“Attendees can expect a festive atmosphere, complete with the vibrant sounds and rhythms that define Jamaican music,” continued the Consulate General, stating that Jammins Reggae Fest, known for organizing top-notch reggae events, is “the driving force behind this tour.”

With a reputation for bringing the best in reggae music to audiences around the world, “Jammins Reggae Fest ensures that each concert will be a high-quality production, offering fans an exceptional experience from start to finish,” the Consulate General said.

“Don’t miss the chance to see Beres Hammond and Friends live during this special tri-state tour,” it added. “Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to his music, these concerts promise to deliver unforgettable performances filled with love, joy, and the unmistakable spirit of reggae.”