Despite the sweltering heat, the potent stench and hundreds of brine flies, a small but dedicated crowd flocked to Saltair for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' Sunday performance.
With two opening acts, neither really worth the drive, the evening began rather slowly.British acoustic pop is not a good opener for a reggae show.
The anonymous musician who apparently played with Robert Plant at one time was politely ignored by the crowd, who thought the sunset behind the Great Salt Lake more worthy of their attention.
Although a fine musician in his own right, this young guitarist failed to capture much recognition.
Somehow, Peter Gabriel covers just didn't fit the evening's bill.
Immediately preceding Ziggy, his brother Steve gave reggae his best shot.
Steve may have been blessed with the Marley name but was certainly not blessed with the Marley musical talent.
His reggae stylings were typical and uninteresting, with one song barely differentiable from the next.
Aided by his fatigue-clad entourage, Steven Marley's militant music seemed somewhat out of place as he tried to politically rally the diverse audience to no avail. Perhaps reggae's political roots were lost to this Salt Lake crowd.
The younger Marley's music lacks imagination and has done nothing to forward the evolution of reggae.
Yet aside from the monotonous nature of his performance, the extremely sober (and complaining about it) crowd found pleasure in jumping up and down to what they had come for: reggae.
From the moment The Melody Makers were called to the stage in an introduction worthy of a World Wrestling Federation "Let's Get Ready to Rumble," the entire audience sighed with relief.
Filling only half of the Saltair Pavilion, the eclectic crowd came alive and seemed to gradually swell with the music.
Backed by a tight, focused band and soulful backup singers, Ziggy wailed tunes that reflected not only reggae's roots but proved it's evolution with hip hop, rap and ska influences.
Ziggy's stage presence so strongly resembled that of his father's that his nostalgic covers inspired the combination Ralph Lauren/Seattle grunge audience to rise to its dancing feet.
With reggae tunes that included papa Bob's hit "Three Little Birds," Ziggy incorporated his own ideas into his father's songs, giving them a much needed rebirth.
Not distancing himself from his audience, the evening's headliner displayed a genuine love for his music, his roots and his followers.
With the emerging popularity of ska and swing, reggae has seemingly fallen by the wayside of the musical scene.
Singing his heart out in the land of Zion, Ziggy and his Melody Makers definitely proved that for reggae, every little thing is gonna be all right.