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Toots And The Maytals​, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at Coachella in 2017.
Frederick "Toots" Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at Coachella in 2017.

Fifty years after recording "Do the Reggay" in 1968, Toots Hibbert performed the most exuberant set I saw at this year's Newport Folk Festival. Toots and the Maytals helped create reggae in the '60s with some of the most creative and exciting records to come out of Jamaica. The legend's Newport set was packed with songs from throughout his career. The oldest, "I'll Never Grow Old," was originally released in 1963 — when Hibbert was only 21 — and captured the spirit he brought to the show. Hibbert played with joy and energy, keeping his terrific band on its toes. This will warm up your New Year's celebrations like nothing else.

SET LIST:

  • "Get Up, Stand Up"
  • "Do the Reggay"
  • "Time Tough"
  • "Sweet and Dandy"
  • "I'll Never Grow Old"
  • "Funky Kingston"
  • "Never Get Weary"
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver)
  • "Monkey Man"
  • "54-46 (That's My Number)"
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    Lauren Onkey is the Senior Director of NPR Music in Washington, DC. In this role, she leads NPR Music's team of journalists, critics, video, and podcast makers, and works with NPR's newsroom and robust Member station network to expand the impact of NPR Music and continue positioning public radio as an essential force in music.