There are a select few bands that become established names in the Madison area, and on Saturday night, as they celebrate their 17th Anniversary together as a band, Natty Nation comes to The Terrace.
This positive style of music, found in both the lyrics of Natty Nation’s songs and the upbeat blend of instruments, grabs the attention of any audience and influences many to dance. How could you not? Considered to be a Hard Roots Rock Reggae and Dub Band, their songs such as “Suffice” and MAMA Award-winning “Negus Negast” (download below) are prime examples of a renowned reggae beat. However, Natty Nation makes reggae their own by including hints of electric guitar, and embedding positive messages about peace and respect into their lyrics.
Not only has Natty Nation played on stages that include Summerfest, SXSW, and FreakFest, but they have also backed up legends of reggae Lee “Scratch” Perry and Chaka Demus. Their talent certainly has been recognized since they have been awarded thirteen Madison Area Music Awards including the Best World Artist two years in a row, and been nominated for many others. Fortunately for the citizens of Madison, this Rock Reggae treasure is performing Saturday night at the Memorial Union Terrace for free. They ought to have a significant crowd to celebrate their music.