Bankie Banx for Red Bones tonight

Friday, September 16, 2011

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Anguilla's reggae singer/guitarist Bankie Banx is billed for a live accoustic performance tonight at the Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston. Bankie's sound has been described as a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, and his music a blend of folk, reggae, R&B and Jazz. He is often called the Anguillan Bob Dylan, and indeed has played with Dylan himself.

Banx performed in Jamaica at Reggae Sunsplash in 1983 & 1992. Following the 1983 Sunspalsh performance, he toured extensively in the Caribbean before heading to Europe with his Roots & Herbs Band. The band spent 3 years in Europe and garnered strong fan base while there.

After Banx and the Roots and Herbs disbanded in 1987, he returned to Anguilla and started the annual Moonsplash Music Festival in 1991, staged in the grounds of his own bar, The Dune Preserve.

Moonsplash has become one of the premier music festivals in the Eastern Caribbean and has featured international artistes including David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Rita Marley, Black Uhuru, Freddie McGregor, Third World, Culture, Steel Pulse, Taurus Riley and John Mayer.

He will be appearing along with Junior Jazz (born Wendel Ferraro) who sings lead for one of reggae's most renouned aggregations, Inner Circle and performs with Jamaican jazz legend, Monty Alexander.

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