Back when mixtapes were a popular courting method, Maxi Priest’s music was often a staple of many a romantically inclined playlist.
Of course, modern tuneful wooing tends to involve jump drives and iTunes, but during the early 1990s, a common way to send a personalized musical message was to make a compilation via CD-to-tape recording – and at that point in time, Mr. Priest was topping the sales charts with hits like “Close To You” (1990) and “Housecall” (as part of a duo with dancehall star Shabba Ranks, 1991). Both tracks speak of unrequited passion in confident search of conclusion, making the songs mutually excellent fits for anyone looking to melodically sway a potential sweetheart with a love song-packed cassette.
His work, while technically reggae, incorporates a lot of soulful R&B, making him a “reggae fusion” artist – and his career has been a successful one, with a catalog of albums and singles released over a period of 20 years. As of late, Priest has been touring around the world performing, and his next upcoming stop has him appearing on LI this weekend.
On Aug. 3, Maxi will put on a show at The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. There’s no cover, but guests are more than welcome to make dinner reservations by calling 631-668-9739 or at opentable.com. For more information, visit Sole East online at soleeast.com and facebook.com/soleeastresortandbackyardrestaurant.
The Backyard Restaurant at Sole East: 90 Second House Rd., Montauk, 631-668-9739