Contending with the monumental legacy of his late father apparently hasn't been an enduring issue for eldest son Ziggy Marley, who has embraced roots reggae while occasionally incorporating pop, rock, and hip-hop elements. For a couple of decades, Ziggy led his family band, the Melody Makers, to popular and critical acclaim (particularly 1988's Conscious Party), then recently issuing a series of solo albums. His new Wild and Free is not only predominantly roots reggae, it also taps Ziggy's hereditary activist streak, addressing broad social and political justice issues. The title track very specifically calls for the legalization of marijuana, written in support of last year's failed California Proposition 19 with famed pot advocate Woody Harrelson, who makes a cameo on the song. Weed aside, Ziggy and vet producer Don Was have come up with an album that spliffs the difference between reggae's engaging classic hitch and Ziggy's contemporary identity. With Leon Mobley. 18+.
Tue., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., 2011