The name and the lineup have changed since the band currently known as Culture first began laying down tracks with Joe Gibbs in 1977. But the group remains one of the most authentic and enduring acts in the history of roots reggae. Its extensive back catalogue, comprised of nearly 50 studio, dub, and compilation records, is filled with jamming songs of defiance, social consciousness, faith, love, and the story of Jamaica. Though the group’s raw-edged lead vocalist Joseph Hill passed on in 2006, his son, Kenyatta “Culture” Hill, assures listeners that the groove, the mission, and the hits will continue. 18-plus.
Wednesday 5/8 $10, 8pm. Main Street Annex, 219 Water St. E. Downtown Mall. 817-2400.