Damian Marley and his band threw down the gauntlet Saturday evening and challenged the more accessible reggae of Michael Franti and Spearhead, who perform Sunday, for best reggae band of the Dave Matthews Caravan music festival.
Marley, the youngest son of late reggae legend Bob Marley, supplemented his songs by dipping into his father's catalog.
"Could You Be Loved" had the massive crowd gathered in front of the main stage movin' and groovin'. He also did "Exodus" and "War."
Marley had lighter tunes like "Hey Girl" and "Beautiful," which started off his set, but he really came to life when he spit fire on his more serious songs, such as "Dispear."
Whenever Marley's Jamaican accent was too thick to understand exactly what he was saying, the deep reggae groove of his rhythm section left no doubt that if comprehension was a problem, dancing was always an option.