With a voice like fine sandpaper and a string of dancehall hits that yearn for rock-steady, not just lovers rock, Beres Hammond might be Jamaica's greatest contemporary singer—a natural successor to Alton Ellis in the digital age. Yet Hammond has a funky streak going back to the '70s: Rapper Brother Ali lifted the riddim from Zap Pow's "Last War," on which Hammond sang lead, for 2004's "Champion" remix. Hammond's band is as subtly insinuating as reggae gets, as evidenced on last year's "I Feel Good," from A Moment in Time, and his more recent single "See You Again." Opener Kenyatta Hill is the son of Joseph Hill, who fronted the legendary roots trio Culture, and the resemblance is uncanny. Warming up is Lenya Wilks, a teenage Jamaican R&B sensation launched by Digicel Rising Stars, the island's popular talent-reality TV show. With DJ Inferno. 18+.
Wed., Aug. 12, 8 p.m., 2009