World, Latin, & Reggae

Anthony B

When: Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m. 2008

Reggae singer Anthony B. -- aka Keith Blair -- may have his maternal lineage to thank for many attributes of his music. His Seventh Day Adventist mother and Revivalist grandmother raised him in a rural Jamaican church, where Blair learned the hand-clapped rhythms and antiphonal song styles of his ClarksTown parish. He also inherited their religiosity, but applied it in a way that neither woman could condone -- as a teenager Blair became enamored of Rastafarianism, of which his mother vehemently disapproved. Though the singer's shift in consciousness created an untenable rift in his family, it also led him to make some exciting and thought-provoking music. Now known by his stage name, Anthony B. (a.k.a. "the Trendsetter"), Blair combines politically strident lyrics with infectious rhythms that often have a real folk base. He's an incredibly versatile musician, capable of leaping from the up-tempo club hit "Tease Her," to the spiritual ballad "In Time of Trouble" during the course of one set. Catch him Fri., Sept. 19 at the Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley) with Rootz Underground. 9 p.m. $20-$25

Rachel Swan

Price: $20-$25