Steel Pulse

In the late '70s, a young reggae band from an inner-city district of Birmingham (England's Detroit), was losing gigs due to their Rastafarian beliefs. Their anti-racist stance linked them to the punk movement sweeping the UK, and they wound up opening for the Clash and XTC. Fast-forward three decades: They've racked up six Grammy nominations, winning once, and they're the lone reggae band to play a Presidential inauguration (Bill Clinton's in '93). A showcase for the singing and songwriting excellence (and world-class dreadlocks) of guitarist David Hinds, Steel Pulse fuses a strong foundation in roots music with a powerful political and social consciousness and take it to another level onstage. With Selecta Raiford. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Wed., April 21, 7 p.m., 2010

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