Concert preview: Morgan Heritage lives up to reggae patriarch’s, well, heritage

From the August 22, 2013 edition

Denroy Morgan taught his children well. The reggae patriarch’s offspring aligned as Morgan Heritage in 1994 and proceeded to cook up a pop-tinged modern incarnation that does the genre justice without rendering it a retro concern.

The balance Morgan Heritage strikes between faithful tradition and accessibility is remarkable; even those who reflexively recoil from reggae will likely enjoy this music. It’s bright and shiny without sacrificing the heavy groove that’s been at the genre’s foundation since the politically charged era of soundsystem battles in the yard.

Mighty Mystic and the Thunder Band opens Friday’s show at Woodlands Tavern.