• Posted Jun 11, 2012

They say the world is spinning around I say the world is upside down

Veridian Credit Union Presents Jimmy cliff at "Nitefall on the River"


WHO: Jimmy Cliff
WHAT: Reggae music at Nitefall on the River
WHEN: Tuesday June 12, 2012 Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm $30.00 advance - $35.00 at door.
WHERE: Simon Estes Amphitheatre 75 E. Locust St. Des Moines, IA, 50309
HOW: Ride your bike there! Nitefall on the River is a great biking destination.


The fine folks at First Fleet Concerts have given us 6 tickets to help spread the word.

If you want to go to Jimmy Cliff, and have not yet bought tickets, we can help ya out!

We'll give one ticket ($30 value) to the first 6 people to email with the subject "FREE JIMMY CLIFF TIX". Do not email if you cannot go.

*** THANKS to everyone who responded!! Here are the LUCKY winners! ***

Ticket Winners
  1. D. Colvig
  2. B. Geigley
  3. P. Pantenburg
  4. S.Baker
  5. A. Wisner
  6. B. Mckibben


With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. With a catalog that ranks among the most influential in global culture, Cliff remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever. Teamed with producer Tim Armstrong — the Rancid front man who has cited Cliff as his most admired artist — Cliff is working on his first new album in seven years, a set which builds on his unparalleled history and points to a wide-open future.

Cliff has hardly been idle in the seven years since his last album, "constantly touring," he says. Meanwhile he was just waiting for the right time, the right opportunity and the right collaborators before making a new album. With The Harder They Come marking its milestone, it's a full-circle coup for the now-elder statesman of reggae. When the film and album came out first in Jamaica in 1972 as an instant national sensation, great acclaim in Europe and the U.S. followed, exposing reggae music to listeners outside its homeland.

With that to his name, Cliff was sought out as a collaborator by artists ranging from the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello to Annie Lennox, while Willie Nelson, Cher, New Order, Jerry Garcia and Fiona Apple are among the many who have performed and recorded his material. His song "Trapped" reached a vast new audience in the 1980s when Bruce Springsteen performed it regularly and contributed his version to the 1985 mega-hit charity album We Are the World. In 1993, Cliff returned to the mainstream pop charts in he U.S. with his version of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".

"The music was fresh and this introduced it to the world," he says. "A few countries had been hearing it, but this is where it all came from."

About NiteFall on the River

Nitefall on the River, presented by Veridian Credit Union, is an annual summer music series at the picturesque Simon Estes Amphitheater. MORE...

This event is all ages

Des Moines Register Feature: Reggae legend introduced genre to the world

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