Written By: Brian WInters
On the second night of their two-show stint at Brooklyn Bowl, Toots & The Maytals nearly brought the house down in front of a jam-packed Williamsburg crowd. At 73 years young, Toots Hibbert exhibited his joyous energy, and had the audience roaring at every turn, rattling off one hit after the next.
The evening kicked off with Selectress Iriela spinning vintage roots reggae hits from her to die for collection of vinyl. Easing the crowd into a reggae rhythm, the NYC-based DJ and producer played classic tunes from the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Don Carlos, Half Pint, Yellowman, Ini Kamoze, Junior Reid, and Sister Nancy.
With the Bowl now thoroughly packed, Selectress Irie made way for Toots' band to enter the stage. The band jammed out for a few minutes before Toots' daughter Leba joined them on stage to sing a pair of songs. Anticipation at it's highest level, Toots finally scurried out from the green room and in front of the microphone, drawing an enormous cheer from the Brooklyn crowd.