Courtesy Paul Dyson
Pato Banton plays the Belly Up on July 2.
All right, class, pay attention: The headmaster has returned. Mr. Pato Banton will take the stage July 2 at the Belly Up to give a lesson on drugs (like why smoking ganja is better for you than snorting coke), politics (sensimilla should be legalized in the interests of healing of the nation) and positivity in general.
Joking aside, the Grammy-nominated artist -- who played the Belly Up in February -- will be delivering a highly anticipated show. Banton, best known for the songs "Legalize It," "Baby Come Back" and "Don’t Sniff Coke," delivers his lines in a distinctive style all his own: Capturing the stutter of a coke fiend all too well while managing to keep it melodic is nothing short of impressive. The way he tells his stories in his songs stands out, too, for his ability to creat with voices for the different characters so you know just who you're hearing from.
The reggae star is also famous for his live shows, which never have a set list -- you're guaranteed to get a one-of-a-kind performance. Banton always seeks audience participation, therefore, students, make sure you do your homework.
Pato Banton’s career focuses on positive messages, so get rid of your badness and get irie with the reggae legend on July 2 at the Belly Up. Tickets are still available ($18; $20 on the day of the show. The show starts at 9 p.m.