Playing AvonLIVE! on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. A free performance for the whole family to enjoy and remember!
An even not to be missed, Pato Banton delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul along with a beat bound to keep you on your dancing feet. No show is the same, and audience members become participants in the experience. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! The direction of the concert is totally based on the feedback Pato receives from the audience as there is no fixed set list. Sometimes Pato invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show, where some have cried while sharing their stories of contemplated suicide, isolation after losing a loved one, struggles with substance abuse and how their personal connection with Pato has given them the strength to “Stay Positive” & “Never Give In.”
Born Patrick Murray in London in 1961, Pato moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old. His stepfather (Lester Daley) was a DJ fresh from Jamaica and the house in which they lived became the weekend night spot for the local community. Ever involved in his step-father’s nightlife work, Patrick was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”) By the age of 16, Ranking Pato became well known around Birmingham. Within a short space of time, he became the number 1 MC in Birmingham and, at the age of 19, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music. Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe. Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving & Sensimilla.” After five years, Pato’s notoriety as a British MC outgrew the popularity of the band, and he was forced to move on. Through out the early and mid-80’s, Pato continued to grow as a talent in the music world.
In 2009, Pato was approached by Antoinette (Roots Dawtah) Hall, who persuaded Pato that it was time for him to have his own band again, who’s only agenda would be to support Pato’s mission to Spread The Good News across all 50 Sates Of America. Within 4 weeks The Now Generation band was formed and the “Mission” embarked upon.