Half-Pint w. The Yellow Wall Dub Squad & sp. guests Andrew Bees and King Hopeton
Thu Oct 24
Half-Pint w. The Yellow Wall Dub Squad & sp. guests Andrew Bees and King Hopeton
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Help us celebrate the legendary reggae star's birthday as Half Pint & co. sound off his greatest hits, crafted during his tenure as an original member of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley!Buy Tickets
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Ticket Price: $18 advanced / $18 day of show / $32 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)
PETER TOSH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FEAT. HALF PINT W/ THE YELLOW WALL DUB SQUAD AND SPECIAL GUEST ANDREW BEES (BLACK UHURU), KING HOPETON
On Point Promotions presents
Half Pint’s diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic. Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Half Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community in adjacent proximity to Trenchtown which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.
Half Pint began singing in the school choir at All Saints’ Primary School. Upon completion of his secondary education in 1976, he made a head-on thrust into Jamaica’s music industry. Pint toured the island with various sound systems including Black Scorpio, Jammys, Gemini, Lee’s Unlimited and Killimanjaro, earning respect along the way as a talented vocalist and performer. Lindon Roberts was sought by and subsequently worked with top producers such as Errol (John) Marshall; Errol (Myrie) Lewis; Prince (King) Jammy; the rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie; George Phang; Jack Scorpio, Bobby “Digital” Dixon and Mass Hugh to name a few. He also lent his vocal talent to local peers like Garnett Silk, Tony Rebel and The Tamlins among others.
In 1983, Pint’s first single, “Sally,” was released followed by “Winsome,” the virtual anthem of the day. He continued to bombard the local and international Reggae scenes with a slew of hits, including “Mr. Landlord,” “Level the Vibes,” “Substitute Lover” and the massive chart topper, “Victory.” Besides hit singles, Roberts has also managed to deliver an impressive cache of albums, most of which are still in demand worldwide. His colossal fan base is universal and remains consistently dedicated, especially in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the West Coast of the United States.
Pint’s prolific song writing ability was officially recognized with the cover of “Winsome” by world renowned rock group, The Rolling Stones in 1987 and which they renamed “Too Rude”; and by the pop group Sublime’s adaptation of “Loving” in 1996. An extremely hard-working artist, this singer has continued to maintain a presence through various tours and guest appearances. He has played to non-traditional audiences at world music festivals including rock concerts and has consistently found new fans with each gig. Roberts’ exposure to the big screen has come with the movies The Mighty Quinn (1989), Substitute 2 (1998), and Mookie (1999), all Original Motion Picture Soundtracks. Appearances on major music television channels like MTV, has farther helped to encrypt the respect he enjoys from industry personnel and fans alike, solidifying his reputation as one of reggae’s few living legends. In 1998, Half Pint was endowed with one of the greatest honors of his career when he signed with the prestigious BMG Music Publishing Company. To date, he is the only reggae singer to accomplish this feat and has in the process, joining fellow Sony/BMG artists including Whitney Houston and other world music giants as a member of the Sony/BMG family.
Despite being noticeably absent from the recording studios for most of this decade, Half Pint enjoyed relative success on Legal We Legal (his first studio album within a ten-year period). This was followed by a 15 city US tour with Anthony B. With BMG Music Publishing and Half Pint Music Inc. He was armed and ready to rule the new millennium with a bang!
As a man recognized the world over for his positive contribution to the upliftment of mankind through reggae music, Pint was presented with “The Key to The City of Lauderdale Lakes” by the Mayor of the Florida suburb in 2000. The future looks particularly bright for this artist who has demonstrated that trends are indeed transient. As he sings on his album Closer to You, he will be around for a long time to “Pass it On” with “justice, peace, and unity” through quality lyrics and songs.
Half Pint was featured on Sly & Robbie’s 25th Anniversary US Tour along with Tony Rebel and Heineken Startime appearances in December 2004 in Jamaica. His work with the California based band, DubCat has also opened up the doors to a new generation of fans of this great artists’ music as well as keeping busy on the road performing to his many fans worldwide. New York based Sotti Records label released a Pint single in 2005, “Wha Ya Wan,” a updated remake of his classic “Winsome” with R&B singer (and former Ruff Ryder) DIA.
2007 saw Pint with a busy worldwide touring schedule, winning two International Reggae and World Music Awards at the Awards held in NYC at the Apollo Theater on May 5. He also headlined at the Jamaica 360 festival in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in May and highlight performance at the 15th Annual Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July. In August, Pint was honored in Hartford, CT and was pronounced “Half Pint Day” by their city government.
His latest studio CD, No Stress Express, was released March of 2008 internationally and distributed though Essential Music / Universal Music Groups. The hit single and video for the CD, “Unity” features Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All-Stars hit the charts for radio and video shows worldwide. The No Stress Express international tour ran in April through June. The touring continued in the summer with Pint joining San Diego based rock/reggae band, Slightly Stoopid, as well as Pepper and Sly an Robbie on the sold-out Tailgate 2008 tour throughout the US and Canada and again with Slightly Stoopid on their “Blazed and Confused’ Summer ’09 US Tour with Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley.
Slightly Stoopid and Pint have a history together recording songs in the studio previously and Stoopid’s manager, John Phillips (Silverback Management), was instrumental in Sublime / Long Beach Dub All Star’s success who have cited Pint as one of their musical influences.
Pint kept busy in 2009 and 2010 on the road with concert dates worldwide including Barbados, Hawaii, Toronto and the 20th Annual Western Consciousness show in Jamaica and Irie Reggae Festival in Long Beach, CA among many more. 2011 had Pint as a featured headliner at the 30th Annual Ragga Muffins Festival at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA and 30th Annual Tribute To The Legends Festival in San Diego, CA as well as he has been spending time in the recording studio with top producers.
Big plans are always in store for the one Half Pint!
The Yellow Wall Dub Squad
The Yellow Wall Dub Squad is the premiere original authentic roots reggae band comprised of Jamaican studio session musicians.
The band was formed by the late Fazal Prendergast along with reggae ambassador Amlak Tafari. Fazal, who passed away in a tragic car accident on April 1,2005— was an original recording sessions musician who had been recording since 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica, working at Rockers International backing the Augustus Pablo in Rockers Allstars Band – the first original Dub band ever created.
The Yellow Wall Dub Squad consists of original members Stevie Love on guitar (Jamaica) and Alton “Sandrum” Vanhorn on drums (Jamaica) along with Dane “Tazz” Cole on keyboards (Jamaica), Louis “Chelem” Roxburgh on bass (Jamaica), Dyrol “Chops” Randall on drums, Balboa Becker on trambone (USA), Daniel Casares (USA) and manager Robert Oyugi (East Africa).
The ensemble is continuously touring the country backing great artists such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Melodians, Judy Mowatt, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Carol, Sugar Minott, Sammy Dread, Half Pint, Yami Bolo, The Abyssinians, Tanya Stephens and the list goes on.
The band presents an eclectic mix of music from the rock steady, ska and rockers era.
Roots singer Andrew Bees, has been frontman for Black Uhuru for over 23 years since 1996. Born Oneil Norman Beckford on May 17,1972 where he grew up in Waterhouse district of Kingston, Jamaica; an area with a very rich history in Roots Reggae "Ras Tafari" music.
Andrew Bees started singing at the tender age of 14 yrs old. In 1986 he became a regular performer on the popular "Colgate Cavity Fighters Club" program on Radio Jamaica (R.J.R.). As he advanced his skills, he began singing around reggae all-star performers such as Augustus Pablo, Half Pint, Hugh Mundell, Junior Reid, Locksley Castell,King Everald, and Wayne "Sleng Teng" Smith among others who would personally request the young Bees.
1989/1990, Andrew Bees recorded his first songs for Castro Brown's "New Name Music" productions, namely "Life In The Ghetto," "Struggle and Strive" and "Be Cool". His live performance career started in 1993 with Bees appearing on Bunny Wailer's 100 Artist "Ghetto Bash Concert" at the Jam World Entertainment Center in Jamaica.
In 1991, Bees and his childhood friend Fitzroy Francis collaborated in the recording and production of the single "Things A Gwan Things A Go Dun" which led the the production of Bees first solo studio album "Militant" was entirely produced by Fitzroy Francis for Music Lion Production Label later being released and distributed in 1995 by R.A.S Record in the United States and Sony Records in Japan.
In 1996, Andrew Bees first toured in Brazil as a guest vocalist for "Black Uhuru." In the following year, he officially became rooted as the lead vocalist for the group. Since then Andrew Bees has toured extensively with the group throughout Europe, North American, and South America. As a member of the group, Andrew Bees recorded the album "Unification" in 1998 which was produced by the legendary King Jammys who also produced Black Uhuru's first studio album "Black Sounds of Freedom" in 1977.
In 2000, Andrew Bees recorded his second studio album "Dynasty" with the group,for the US based R.A.S. Records Label. In the same year, Black Uhuru toured Europe and the US with the Great "Sly and Robbie." Subsequently, in 2002 "Dubbing It Live" CD which featured live performances which was recorded at the Paléo Music Festival with Black Uhuru and "Sly and Robbie" was released. As years passed, Andrew Bees decided to continue pursuing a solo career releasing his sophomore album "I-ration" produced by Guyana based Walter Fraser, released July 24, 2006 on the label Vizion Sounds which he toured extensively.
With the reunion with his long time protegee, Record Producer Fitzroy Francis in January 2012, Andrew Bees recorded "Something Strange" on the "Mighty In Battle" Riddim project for Mightyful13 Records which went # 8 on the Foundation Radio Network/New York Top 30 Music chart.
In September 2012, Andrew Bees recorded his first tribute "Better Must Come" to the late Great Delroy Wilson which has given rise to a upsurge in Andrew Bees' presence on an international level as a solo vocalist. This song spread like wild fire receiving radio air play and charting in New York and South Florida. "Better Must Come" hit the #1 position on Clinton Lindsay's Foundation Radio Network/New York Top 30 Music Chart, and #4 on the South Florida's Top 25 Reggae Chart and #1 on various chart worldwide.
Andrew Bees's second tribute to Delroy Wilson, "Cool Operator" went #1 in England and was part of a collaborative album produced by Fitzroy Francis and his wife Empress Skortcher on the "Operator2013 Rhythm Velocity" for Mightyful13 Records. This Album included artists such as Zanadu, Bassie Dee, Little Hero, Shanti High, King Mellowman, Tabeta Cshae and a Dub mix by the late Phillip Smart. It is been distributed digitally worldwide by Mightyful13/VP Records (Vpal Dist).
Andrew Bees is presently working on his latest album to be released in Autumn 2019 on his Beeshive Music label.