One of the few intact groups from reggae's golden roots-rock era, the Mighty Diamonds emerged from Trenchtown in 1969 sporting deliciously sweet and soulful three-part vocal harmonies and synchronized moves inspired by Motown. Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson, and Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson are still weaving those harmonies 43 years later, tying strong melodies to reggae's classic hitch and tapping righteous Rasta and social justice themes. The Diamonds' masterpiece is 1976's Right Time, which contained the classic title track along with "I Need a Roof" and "Africa." The group's newer material is consistently solid, and their harmonies are still marvelous.
Fri., March 16, 7 p.m., 2012