Reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca powerhouse KES The Band unite on stage for the aptly titled Timeless concert, a musical celebration this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Presented by New York City’s haute nightlife tastemakers Big & Strong and The Tryst Group, this concert takes centerstage at Stage 48 in the heart of Manhattan.
“Timeless is the ultimate musical experience that transcends the bounds of musical genres and eras,” state promoters Big & Strong and Tryst. “The combination of artistry, matching the excitement and the energy of KES The Band with the ageless and illimitable Maxi Priest, represent the finest in Caribbean musicality.”
The Grammy Award-winning Maxi Priest and his incomparable repertoire of enduring hits, including international blockbusters “Wild World” and “Close To You,” remain as relevant today as when they were first unleashed onto the musical landscape. His distinct musical styling spans temporal and spatial boundaries and capture the very essence of timelessness. “Timeless is the height of a musical journey for me,” reveals Maxi Priest. “I am looking forward to taking my fans through the best of Maxi Priest and making them fall in love all over again.”
With their pulsating beats, ever-infectious rhythms and engaging story-telling lyricism, KES The Band is undoubtedly the best of now, and their timeless sound will continue to resonate in the future. Their breakout smash hits “Wotless” and “Where Yuh From” catapulted them to fame beyond soca borders, and new singles like “Tuesday On The Rocks” propelled them to the front lines of the emerging island pop genre. “We are excited to be headlining Timeless with Maxi Priest,” discloses Kees Dieffenthaller, frontman of KES The Band. “Our fans can rest assured that this will be KES The Band like you have never experienced before in North America!”
Both acts will be backed by full live bands, making for a timeless time, indeed. Timeless takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with showtime set for 7:00 p.m. Stage 48 is located at 605 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. This event is open to 21+ with valid ID. For further information on the Timeless concert, including ticket details and locations, please log on to timelessconcert.com.
ABOUT MAXI PRIEST
Reggae music has flourished in this post-Internet age. It’s never been so accessible and yet whilst new acts are plentiful, global audiences are still drawn towards those legends who achieved worldwide recognition the hard way; i.e. by making hits of timeless appeal, and are stamped with authenticity.
As verified by his long-awaited retrospective, ‘Maximum Collection,’ Maxi Priest has earned his place among other greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Dennis Brown in spreading the reggae gospel far and wide. This is an extraordinary achievement for a singer steeped in Jamaican music, yet raised in South London. Maxi’s joyous brand of reggae and lovers’ rock, infused with r&b and accompanied by real charisma, would bring him a level of success no other British reggae singer can match. He’s deserved it too, because despite the pressures of stardom, he’s remained true to his core audience from the beginning.
Maxi original fans yearned for songs that reflected their own aspirations, tastes and upbringing. Many came from hardworking immigrant families who’d faced discrimination and yet still found the resolve to build strongly knit communities.
Whether it told of hardship or romance, reggae music formed the soundtrack to these people’s lives and by the time riots had swept through Britain’s inner cities in the early Eighties, they were ready to celebrate one of their own.
ABOUT KES THE BAND
Kees Dieffenthaller began performing in the late 90s, fronting a cover band that specialized in Billboard chart-toppers, and popular soca and reggae tracks.
Due to his vocal range, stage presence, good looks, and uncanny ability to mimic popular artists, Kees quickly created a buzz and attracted a large, loyal following. On the crest of all this success and momentum, Kees exited the cover band circuit in 2005 and formed his own band, KES, with the dream to pursue great original music.