Toots delivers a 10 

A live review of Toots and the Maytals

In my book, there's no doubt that Toots Hibbert and the Maytals are roots reggae legends. Toots and the Maytals are credited with coining the word "reggae" on their 1968 single "Do the Reggay." I was reminded once again, and even to this day, that this roots rocker can still shine on, as he has been doing for over 40 years.

The annual Rockin' on the Point series at the Charleston Harbor Resort reached its finale on Fri. July 24 with Toots and the band. Overlooking the Charleston harbor, Toots Hibbert was in good form and in good vibe, as were the Maytals. He had no trouble "employing" the audience to sing along with him on such classics as "Bam Bam" and "Funky Kingston." They even performed a classic like "54-46 Was My Number" in such a way that it was like hearing it for the first time. It was a nice mix of their older songs, along with some newer songs from their 2007 album, Light Your Light.

The band was solid and seemed to enjoy themselves, but they mostly stuck to the back of the stage, except for the back-up singers, who were fantastic. But by the end of the show, it seemed that everybody, on and off stage, was exactly where they wanted to be.

On the goose-bump scale of one through 10, I have to give Toots and the Maytals a 10, because every song I heard gave me the "reggae chill" — y'all know, who know!

Funds from this event benefited Carolina Studios and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Trident area.

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