Win Tickets ($60): Beenie Man @ Tao Event Center | Grammy Award Winning Artist, Dancehall Reggae w/ DJ Redman & DJ Piz, All Ages

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Beenie Man @ Tao Event Center on April 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 4.

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From our sponsors:
Beenie Man @ Tao Event CenterBeenie Man
April 7, 2014
8 p.m. Doors, 10 p.m. Show | $30 | All Ages
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com

TAO EVENT CENTER
631 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR, 97232, Portland, OR

The King of the DanceHall Beenie Man is performing Live in Portland, Oregon April 7th @ The Tao Center 631 NE Grand Ave Portland, OR 97232 Doors open at 8pm. Performance starts at 10pm with DJ Redman & DJ Piz.

Music All night by DJ Redman & more
Special appearance by Naija Boy OP1.

Powered by Regis Caribbean & True Shine Entertainment.

One of Jamaica’s most crucial DJs, Beenie Man’s recording career stretches back to 1981, although it was in the sound systems where he later made his mark. The witty toaster began his true ascent to stardom in the early ’90s, and by 1994, his reputation couldn’t be beat. Then again, when you’re a recording veteran at age ten, one wonders just what took him so long.

Every country has its child stars; just look at Shirley Temple, but few treat their prodigies with the respect of Jamaica. Talent competitions lead to radio and TV appearances, and even record contracts, but what’s truly amazing is how many of these charming tots continue their career into adulthood. Elsewhere, early stardom inevitably leads to adolescent failure as they’re a lot less cute at 18 than they were at eight. But not Jamaica, where they love them as toddlers, adore them as teens, and worship them as adults. Beenie Man is just one stellar example.

After headlining Reggae Sunsplash in 1998, Beenie signed to Virgin Records in the U.S.; The Doctor was the first fruit of this new union and was an instant dancehall classic. 1999 brought the King Jammy-produced album Y2K, which never actually mentions everyone’s greatest fear that year — the millennium bug, but does take on a host of other issues from AIDS to illiteracy. And the hit singles just kept on coming, and coming, and coming. Beenie was unstoppable, whether on his own or with other artists, and at times the Jamaican chart seemed to be the DJ’s private preserve. “Hot Bwoy” with Buccaneer, “Mi Nu Walla,” “Forget You,” “Ruff Like We” with Redrose, “100 Dollar Bag,” “So Nice” with Silvercat, “In This Together,” “Skettel Tune” with Angel Doolas, and “L.O.Y.” are just a sampling of the singles the DJ released between 1999 and 2000. The Art & Life album, released in the new century, showcased the DJ at his most eclectic and included guests Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame.

The following year, Beenie reunited with Jean behind the mixing board to produce the debut album by actor Steven Seagal. Janet Jackson, the Neptunes, Lady Saw, and Lil’ Kim all turned up as guests on 2002′s Tropical Storm, the Beenie Man album with the most crossover appeal. 2004′s Back to Basics was just that, a straight-up return to dancehall. The hit-collecting compilation From Kingston to King of the Dancehall appeared in early 2005, and Undisputed, which featured production work from Scott Storch and Don Corleon, among others, was released the next year

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17 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Beenie Man @ Tao Event Center | Grammy Award Winning Artist, Dancehall Reggae w/ DJ Redman & DJ Piz, All Ages

  1. Grace March 26, 2014 at 12:13 #

    GIRLS DEM SUGAR! Would love to dance the night away to Beenie Man!

  2. Dustin March 26, 2014 at 17:55 #

    I be jammin to da been man all me life mon

  3. Claire T March 27, 2014 at 09:15 #

    I’ve loved Beenie Man forever but I’m flat broke after spending all my money moving to Portland from the UK- please help me make it to see the king of the dancehall!!

  4. COOL COOL RIDER March 27, 2014 at 11:07 #

    KING OF THE DANCEHALL

  5. Demarie March 27, 2014 at 14:28 #

    yes yes and more yes, I gotta dance!

  6. Dom March 27, 2014 at 14:32 #

    Soooo fun!!! He’s been MIA for a while I’d love to see him and dance along! :D

  7. Caitlin March 27, 2014 at 17:32 #

    I love me some reggae!

  8. Laquinecia Miller March 27, 2014 at 17:42 #

    Me and my fiancé are traveling from North Carolina to Portland for the month of April for a visit with my family. I would love this event to be on our list of things to do in Portland while he is out there. He is Haitian and loves reggae, and I would love to show him a great time.

  9. Shal-be Merry March 27, 2014 at 20:42 #

    I wanna see Beanie Man ’cause I am a SERIOUS dancehall fan!!! For 20+ years now, and I have yet to see The King of the Dancehall live!!! Beanie Man is the ‘roughest toughest bumbleclot bad man from Kingston Jamaica!

  10. Noahgenda March 27, 2014 at 20:44 #

    Oh man, the king! I would live to win some beenie man tickets because the man has been with me all my life. In Baltimore I used to DJ dancehall night and when “king of the dancehall” came out I played it for sooo many weeks. C’mon pipeline, get me in to the show! Ps I am broke

  11. Ryan March 28, 2014 at 08:35 #

    whoa,,,,let’s get funky

  12. Jessica March 28, 2014 at 10:06 #

    Jah Love me Beenie Man <3

  13. Karon Lewis March 28, 2014 at 11:53 #

    Reggae is my happy place. Send me and my vibe will spread with the beautiful music. Good times are near if I get to go.

  14. Margot Bigg March 28, 2014 at 18:10 #

    I went to all his shows when I was a teenager back in the late 90s/early noughties in Portland back when he used to play here a lot. I have been waiting to see him again for so long! Pick me, please!

  15. Angela March 28, 2014 at 21:00 #

    I would love to go with my girl!

  16. george March 31, 2014 at 09:46 #

    I need to ask him about that lip gloss in the poster pic. Modernist badman style. Plus I’ve been listening to Beenie since his ‘who am i’ and ‘slam’ days

  17. lorraine April 1, 2014 at 13:41 #

    He is amazing loved the song he did with recording artist mya if I was your girl, it was a hit
    Love his music this would be a great once in a lifetime opportunity to get to go to one of his shows I would love to go

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