Bob Marley and the Wailers kick off the U.S. leg of their Kaya tour on May 18, 1978 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over the next few weeks they visit several college towns in the mid-west, playing mid-sized music halls and theaters. They play the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI on May 25, 1978. Madison is home to a rather huge university – University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Orpheum Theatre is a live performance and musical theater in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, located at 216 State Street, one block from the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Some interesting notes about the Orpheum:
- The Orpheum Theatre was the first building in Wisconsin to have air conditioning; the air conditioner itself takes up an entire room in the basement. Furthermore, it was the first building on its block between Johnson Street and State Street.
- The Orpheum Theatre originally seated 2,400 people. After renovations in the 1960s to add “The Stage Door” Theatre, only six feet of the original stage was left, and 700 seats were lost, making the capacity 1700.
- The Orpheum nearly burned down on December 19, 2004. It was the third attempted arson on the building. Several other Madison landmark music establishments such as O’Cayz Corral and the Club deWash had burned down mysteriously in previous years.
As I try to do with most shows shared on this blog, I have included a review of the show from the Wisconsin State Journal and a review from the Madison Capital Times. Both reviews were published on May 26, 1978.
Wisconsin State Journal May 26, 1978
Madison Capital Times May 26, 1978
Bob Marley and the Wailers played two shows at the Orpheum Theater on May 25, 1978.
1 Sisters Chant 4:23
2 So Long Rastafari 3:18
3 Concrete Jungle 7:53
4 Burnin’ And Lootin’ 5:29
5 Them Belly Full 3:45
6 Rebel Music 4:46
7 I Shot The Sheriff 4:29
8 No Woman No Cry 7:46
9 Lively Up Yourself 8:40
10 Jammin 6:02
11 Get Up Stand Up 6:20
12 Exodus 4:53
13 No More Trouble 3:01
01 – Sisters Chant 4:24
02 – So Long Rastafari 3:58
03 – Concrete Jungle 5:52
04 – Burning And Looting – Them Belly Full 9:50
05 – Rebel Music 6:45
06 – I Shot The Sheriff 4:46
07 – No Woman No Cry 6:51
08 – Lively Up Yourself 2:13
© Rick Kohlmeyer
© Rick Kohlmeyer
© Michael Kienitz
I was at the Orpheum show as a junior in High school. It is no exaggeration to say …… that his shows and his music was a gamechanger and inspiration 4 the community of music. I struggle to put words to it ,but it opened up the possibility to me of Music beeing a Unifying Community Force 4 Change and for Social Justice, a struggle we continue with to this day. If you can send me the Musical file of this concert I would be forever grateful. I tried to download it numerous times through the article but it shows error….. Many thanks in advance. ONE LOVE….
Hello Mike, I hope you its well, I came across with this page and I recently received an steel Pulse show titled as Orpheum Theater 1978 opening Bob Marley, so I wonder if would be this show or maybe misslabelled, I dont think that Steel Pulse opened Bob’s show in USA kaya tour…Any info would be nice!