Irregular

TCMI Event Center, July 1

Irregular (real name Dusty Marshall) provided a culture shock to the largely adolescent crowd at the TCMI Center (Truth Christian Ministries International) with rap music that wasn’t laced with profanity. His set, which included songs from his second album, Merely A Glimpse, and beats by DJ 12 and J-Mac, was like a story of his life. He mixed animated rapping and spoken-word poetry, leading up to the show’s climax: Irregular rapped his testimony, using beats from Kanye West’s hits “Power” and “Gold Digger.” The song detailed his past drug addiction and how the program Celebrate Recovery helped him move on. (Now he is a leader there.) Most of the proceeds for the concert went toward scholarships for middle school students to go to summer camp. ★★★☆☆

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Before Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff became reggae’s first international star with his standout performance in the 1972 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come. Now 40 years later, Cliff appeared as youthful and energetic as ever during his poolside performance. The 64-year-old opened with the uplifting “You Can Get It If You Really Want” from the Harder soundtrack, dancing, twirling and leaping around onstage like a man half his age, before dipping deep into his catalog, spanning from his ’60s ska days to his upcoming album, Rebirth.

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