This pioneer outfit has varied in constitution over the years but originated with the reggae trinity of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. Presently, there are two incarnations: the one helmed by famously fertile bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, and the one set to appear at the Wonder Ballroom tonight, helmed by guitarists Junior Marvin and Al Anderson. Anderson, in particular, is the draw in a band mostly comprised of cover specialists, however capable. The only American to infiltrate the Wailers' lineup, Anderson intensified Marley's rousing anthems with nimble solos that he has since rented out to pop stars like Marley in-law Lauryn Hill. Not that Junior Marvin's presence can be underplayed: A look back at live footage of Marley's tours witnesses Marvin in ecstatic but subtle solo. His well-trodden voice also adds a little vintage Kingston authenticity to the Wailers' performances. JB
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"