MUSIC

Local musician to open for Ziggy Marley at Britt Festival

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Ryan Marchand, shown performing with Doublechief during Dunsmuir’s Railroad Days June 8, will open for Ziggy Marley at the Britt Festival on Saturday in Jacksonville, Ore.  Photo by Richard DuPertuis

Mount Shasta’s Ryan Marchand said he will be crossing a big item off his bucket list this weekend when he opens at the Britt for five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley.

“Playing with one of the Marley brothers is something I had on my ‘life to do list,’” Marchand said. “This is something I meditated and focused on, and I was given the opportunity.”

Before a few weeks ago, Marchand said he didn’t know he could apply to open for Britt Festival acts and was told he could by a friend who was listening to him play at The Goat in a ‘slow, impromptu gig.’

“As I was packing up, he mentioned he works for the Britt now, and said there is an online application for opening slots... I got mine in in the last hour of the last day,” Marchand said.

To apply, he had to throw together a digital press kit that gives an overview of his performances, which can be seen on You Tube at www.youtube.com/vlostsoul.

He applied for spots to open for Robert Plant, Marley and Michael Franti, and a few days later, he got the call asking him to open for Marley.

“It’s pretty cool, too, because lately I’ve been really into Ziggy Marley and started jamming his songs.”

Marchand said he will be performing acoustic songs from his “Searching For the Shore” album and will use a technique called “live looping” in the June 29 performance in Jacksonville, Ore.

In addition to his solo work, Marchand continues to sing in the psychedelic funk/reggae band Doublechief and is working to provide services to other local musicians through Pegasus Pro Sound and The Mastery Room – a new endeavor he’s spearheading that offers live streaming of events, audio recording and video production.

Marley “bring(s) his own soulful blend of blues, R&B, hip-hop and roots reggae to the public,” according to the Britt website.

His latest album, Wild and Free, was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy Marley and his siblings first sat in on recording sessions with his father's band, the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers, when he was ten years old. Later, Ziggy joined with his sisters Sharon and Cedella and brother Stephen to become Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

There are still some tickets available for the June 29 show at the Britt, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Go to www.brittfest.org for more information.