But if you prefer, I don't know, celebrating venue birthdays while listening to legacy reggae acts (or reg-acy acts, naturally), Marathon Music Works is the spot for you. Tonight MMW turns 1 year old, and they'll celebrate with performances from the unstoppable Wailers and local dubsters Roots of a Rebellion. Contributor Sean L. Maloney wrote a Critic's Pick on it. We're pickin'! And I hope you like pickin' too:
What exactly do you buy a midsize venue for its first birthday? For real, have you ever tried to buy diapers for a 1,500-capacity room? It’s impossible, and all the T-shirts we looked at were way too small. Plus they’ve already got a guy in a green spandex suit. Maybe we’ll just get them a gift certificate. Or maybe we’ll just tip them really well and pass out high-fives like they’re going out of style. Regardless, we will be celebrating in, um, high style when the world’s most resilient reggae band, The Wailers, rolls into town. Having now seen The Wailers at least once a year for our entire adult lives, we can assure you they never, ever disappoint, and local openers Roots of a Rebellion ain’t no slouches either. So bust out the cake — and your finest green spandex suit — and celebrate. —SEAN L. MALONEY
If you're not picking up that green spandex reference Maloney is laying down, that's because you're not hip to Marathon's green-clad, ice-sporting, ever-posing mascot, Marathon Man. I apparently hung out with him recently, but I have no recollection of that. Anyway, the show's free, with doors at 7 and bands at 8. Happy birthday, Marathon.