Bankie Banx at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $0.01 in advance, $0.01 day of show
Among the Caribbean's most acclaimed recording artists, reggae star Bankie Banx hails from the island of Anguilla, a tiny slice of paradise in the Eastern Caribbean. Boasting a sound that blends folk, reggae, R&B, and jazz, he has often been described as a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan - indeed, he is often called the Anguillan Bob Dylan. Banx's musical career dates back to 1963, when he built his first guitar. He formed his first band in 1967 and scored his first No. 1 hit a decade later with "Prince of Darkness." With the release of his debut album Roots and Herbs in 1978, he pioneered reggae music in the Eastern Carribean.
In the early '80s, Banx became the first performer from Anguilla to appear at Reggae Sunsplash, and the success of the performance spurred him to tour Europe for several years with his band, The Roots & Herbs. He spent the late '80s in New York, working with musicians like Junior Jazz, Robert Manos, and Robert Mansfield. Of course, he continued to return regularly to Anguilla for annual performances, and in 1991 he started the Moonsplash Music Festival on the grounds of his own bar, The Dune Preserve. The festival has become one of the premier music events in the Eastern Caribbean, with a roster of past performers including David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Rita Marley, Richie Havens, The Bacon Brothers, Black Uhuru, Freddie McGregor, Peter Cetera, The Wailers Band, Toots & the Maytals, Onaje Allan Gumbs, John Mayer, and more. The bar was destroyed by Hurricane Lenny in 1999, but Banx rebuilt it and Moonsplash went ahead again in 2000.
In 2005, Banx started the Project Stingray music and arts education program on Anguilla and has raised awareness and funds for the program with his tours of the U.S. His recent releases include Chariots of Steel (2003), The News: Live from the Fourth World (2009), and his latest effort, Just Cool (2012). Recorded on a rather impromptu basis in Kingston, Jamaica, the project features production work by legends like Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyln, and Glen Brown, and it contains Banx's son's first single, "Move On."