There was some “One Love” and some new love Thursday as Collie Buddz and HIRIE shared their reggae vibes with a Reno crowd that stepped inside the Cargo to shake off a snow storm.
“Take my hand and let’s go,” offered HIRIE, a bouncing bundle of happiness from Kaneohe, Hawaii.
“…Baby, let your worries go. Oh, la, la. Let’s drink tonight.”
Several hundred people turned out for the midweek show at the Whitney Peak Hotel concert venue, but not all were drinking.
“Any ganja smokers in the club?” she wondered, offering up “Don’t Take My Ganja” from an upcoming album. “Tell the man in uniform to loot the jewels from the master, yeah. You can take anything you want — but don’t take my ganja!” She also sang “Sensi Boy,” a 2013 tune that helped introduce her to the world.
It was a reoccurring theme throughout the night. Headliner Collie Buddz covered “Legalize It,” the anthem by reggae jahfather Peter Tosh. “…and I’ll advertise it.” Buddz noted that marijuana remains illegal – even for medicinal purposes — in many places, including Nevada and Bermuda, where he was raised.
Apparently, not everyone in the crowd had visited Negril, Jamaica, where a sign at a beachfront bar reminds patrons, “No ganja smoking.” (It’s illegal there, too.)
But the up-tempo, high-energy performers may have been preaching to the choir.
In addition to his own tunes, Buddz and his band covered some old-school reggae by Bob Marley, “So Much Trouble in the World,” “Waiting in Vain” and “One Love.”
“Thanks so much for Bob Marley,” Buddz said. “He’s the king of reggae.”
Buddz unrolled some of his best-known songs, “Come Around” and “Blind to You,” along with new music from his recently released EP, “Blue Dreamz,” including “Pressure,” and “Like Yuh Miss Me,’’ about love on the road.
HIRIE also shared a newly released song about relationships, ”I Wanna Be.”
After the smoke had cleared, the two bands headed for Petaluma, where the month-long “Blue Dreamz” tour concluded Friday night.