no he is not playing with the melody makers. he actually broke away from them a few years back to persue more of a solo career. stephen, who was in the melody makers, just put out a new album and is touring with jr gong this summer.
Everyone experiences music differently.To say that something is subjectively wrong with live music is to also say that you are more than just your credentials or experience. It says that you are above whatever it is that you see as being the standard. Breaking everything down critically to the point where you are above every matter looking down on it only isolates you and makes you look foolish.
the nevilles are playing with ziggy here in va a week or two before roo. i wonder if they're on tour together and if so, maybe they might be a later addition to roo. we can always use some nola funk in the house!!
and yes, although ziggy's been taking a new approach with his (poppy)sound, his shows are still kick ass. i believe on his last album he wrote and played a lot of the instruments on most if not all the songs. with his live show last summer, he still brought his full band with him complete with the rasta flag waver and skanked it like it was no one's business. check it out if you are a fan and if you don't like it, move on....
If the whole Marley family comes, and the Melody Makers play with him, I might have a heart attack on the spot. Ziggy has been one of my favorites for years, and finally I'll have the chance to see him perform. The Marleys always have a ton of eyes on them at all times, so a surprise could def be a possibility... However, in the interest of the festival, there could be more attendees if the "surprise" is confirmed. Either way... I'll be there, right up in front.