September 29, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – The Honorable Jimmy Cliff has been enlisted by Los Angeles’ tastemaker radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) to headline night one of its “Are Friends Eclectic?” Holiday Benefit Concert on December 2nd and 3rd at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Brett Dennen, Other Lives, Fool’s Gold, Mia Doi Todd, and White Denim will round up the lineup on December 2nd.
Tickets for the benefit will become available to KCRW Members beginning Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 AM and the general public beginning Tuesday, October 11th. Proceeds from ticket sales will help support the station’s programming costs.
Grammy-winning musician/actor/singer/songwriter/ producer Jimmy Cliff will release the Sacred Fire EP, his first studio effort in seven years, in November. The EP, produced by Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants) will be released on Collective Sounds and features a combination of originals and covers, including a cover of The Clash’s seminal “Guns of Brixton” (stream here: http://snd.sc/oeX3As).
Cliff is the only living musician to receive Jamaica’s Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts and sciences. In 2007, he was also honored with a doctorate from The University of the West Indies. In a career that spans nearly fifty years, he has sold more than twenty million albums, with over twenty-five releases to his credit. He has appeared in several films, including, most notably, The Harder They Come, whose impact on reggae and pop music in general can scarcely be overstated. He has collaborated with countless other legends including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and Annie Lennox. Bob Dylan has called Cliff’s “Vietnam” the best protest song he ever heard, and a short list of artists who have covered Cliff’s compositions ranges from Willie Nelson and Cher, to New Order and Fiona Apple. In 2010, Cliff was one of six artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cliff will spend the rest of the year touring Europe and putting the final touches on his forthcoming full-length release.
The Sacred Fire EP will serve as a pre-cursor to a new full-length album in early 2012.
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