OnFocus – The reggae band Natty Nation will be performing a virtual concert for members of the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 as part of the Marshfield Cultural Fair.
The band will be performing also in part as an ode to Black History Month. The event is free and you can join via a live Facebook feed. The concert is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and go until 7:30 p.m.
The original Marshfield Cultural Fair was largely canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns but this event along with more monthly events will serve as the 17th running of the fair.
The band is based out of Madison, WI and has won multiple awards including 31 Madison Area Music Association awards, including artist of the year, ensemble vocals, world album, and for nine years running, world performer of the year.
“Our ultimate goal is to uplift as many people as possible through sound and vibration,” says front man JAH Boogie – bass, lead vocals (also percussion/drums in the studio). “To do that we hope to take our music to as many places on this earth and positively influence as many souls as we possibly can.”
Heralded for its live performances JAH Boogie says the crowd is what drives the band to perform well in live settings.
“We treat our recorded music as a calling card for people to come check us out live,” JAH Boogie says. “The crowd plays a huge part in where our show goes. Which songs we do, the vibe, how long we play, and most significantly how we play.”
To supplement the concert, Jamaican Kitchens will be taking orders through Feb. 18 for a special Jamaican-style meal to be picked up at the Chestnut Center for the Arts the night of the concert. You can order your food here.
Marshfield Cultural Fair Entertainment Chair Celia Sturzl said due to the pandemic, there will be a different look for the fair.
“We’re going with a different format this year, monthly virtual events, to give people a little something to put on the calendar and look forward to,” Sturzl said. “Each of our monthly events this year, we have tried to pair with a local restaurant/food vendor to help give them some business during the pandemic.”
Initially, the plan was to cancel the fair all together but this event prevailed as the stand-alone event of the fair. According to the fair’s website, the team made the decision to cancel the event initially due to the complications involved with the planning for and hosting of 1,600 yearly participants.
Alas, the concert will go on, virtually and everyone interested in attending should tune in to the Marshfield Cultural Fair Facebook page for more information.
Sturzl said if you are interested in further events, keep an eye on the Facebook page for future events. The group’s March event will have a St. Patrick’s Day and Irish theme that will be officially announced on the Facebook page.
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