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April 7, 2014
8 p.m. Doors, 10 p.m. Show | $30 | All Ages
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