In the 1970s, as rocksteady music made way for reggae, a music subgenre known as lovers rock was born. Popularized by artists like Ken Boothe, Johnny Nash and John Holt, lovers rock combined Chicago and Philly soul with the bass grooves of reggae. In the mid-’70s, Jamaican-born Beres Hammond emerged as one of the rising stars of the genre, a soulful artist who captured international attention. Peaking in the 1990s, Hammond became one of the genre-defining voices of lovers rock, and remains a giant of Jamaican music.
INFO: 9 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $25/adv, $30/door. 423-1338. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.