Hiram – The eleventh annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert will be held Friday, May 5, 2017, in Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall, 11715 Garfield Road (Rt. 700) on the Hiram College campus.  Time is 7:30 p.m.   This year’s artists are Carlos Jones and the PLUS band.

Carlos Jones, “Iron Man” of the Cleveland reggae scene, this year celebrates 39 years in the music business.  Since the 1990s he has led a stripped-down, mostly acoustic combo called The PLUS Band (Peace Love Unity Syndicate) with a mission to carry the joy of reggae vibration to all.  The band’s soulful rhythms and heartfelt message have made it one of Cleveland’s top draws for nearly two decades.  They have earned several “Best of Cleveland” awards, and have played nationally and in Jamaica.

Members of the group are Carlos Jones (vocals, guitar, percussion), Peter Platten (keyboards, vocals), Ghani Harris (guitar, vocals), Max Eger (guitar), Will Douglas (drums),  Curt Johnson (percussion), and Roy Isaac (percussion).

The Watson Memorial Concerts are endowed by the family of musician John M. Watson, who had deep and long-standing ties to the Hiram community. The performance by Carlos Jones and the PLUS band is free and open to all.  A reception will follow the concert.