Seasonal Special Happenings

A Reggae Legend Visits Lakewood

When: Thu., Dec. 16 2010

Fans of reggae and classic hardcore punk will be lining up tonight to catch legendary Bad Brains frontman HR at Lakewood's punk hangout Now That's Class. Back in the '80s, HR was a seminal punk rocker in Washington, D.C.'s hardcore scene. He has since delved deeper into the same Rastafarian spirituality (and herbal communion, no doubt) that he explored with Bad Brains, using his reggae solo act Human Rights as a vehicle for worship. However, adherence to rasta is not a requirement to enjoy what HR has to offer. Showgoers can simply dig the spectacle, as HR reigns over the crowd like a high priest. Never content to limit himself to one style of music, he'll cover a career-spanning range of material, including new and old cuts from his solo reggae catalog and classic Bad Brains tunes. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 — which, combined with the cheap drinks and inevitable contact high, makes for a mellow and affordable night on the town. Frank & Jesse and Fangs Out open. Now That's Class is at 11213 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-221-8576 or visit for more info. — Vilk

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