Original Wailer to perform, teach percussion at Gig Spot

Lifestyles: Devon Evans played alongside Bob Marley and was part of Woodstock event

of the GatewayJanuary 29, 2014 

Percussionist Devon Evans, a member of the Original Wailers, will be in Gig Harbor for Bob Marley’s birthday.

Evans will host a percussion workshop Feb. 6 and perform an intimate concert the following night at the Gig Spot, 6615 38th Ave. NW.

Regan Balman of the Gig Spot and Regan’s Rock School is a longtime friend and bandmate who called Evans a “dynamic force of nature.”

Evans doesn’t consider himself to have a resume; rather, he has a life in music that began in Jamaica when he was 10.

Still, he has credentials, notably playing with Marley and performing at Woodstock. He’s played all styles — reggae, bluegrass, pop, symphonic.

He said when he’s asleep and awake, he is thinking about music.

“It’s not a job. It’s a passion, a lifestyle,” he said. “It’s finding something that’s your call to do.”

Balman and Evans met at a gas station, where they struck up a musical conversation. The two ended up touring together and are currently working on a joint project, Balman said.

It won’t be a strictly academic seminar. Evans wants to open people up and find “the history and journey of the music.”

At this stage in his life, Evans said he wants to cultivate young musicians and pass the baton. About five or 10 years ago, Evans had a vision that is lived out at the Gig Spot and through Regan’s Rock School: Bring music to the community and train the next generation.

That’s why community support is so important to Evans — it supports his vision.

“The community needs to support (music), because it’s for tomorrow,” he said.

The seminar on hand drumming and percussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Those who attend are encouraged to bring percussion instruments. A concert will feature Evans and reggae artists Octaman and Adrian Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Tickets for the seminar cost $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Concert tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.thegigspot.com.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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