Rialto Center for the Arts 2012-2013 Season Presents Third World

September 13,2012

Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts opens its 2012-13 season with Third World, Saturday October 6, 2012 at 8pm including pre-show activities in the Rialto Lobby at 7pm. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence, Third World, one of the world's longest-running reggae bands, will bring over three decades of their trademark "cutting-edge, positive, progressive, and internationally relevant" music to the Rialto stage. Formed in 1973, the group has released 23 albums, amassing 10 GRAMMY nominations and being awarded the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal. Throughout their storied career, they have collaborated with acts ranging from the Jackson 5 to Bob Marley and The Wailers to Stevie Wonder.

Also, in conjunction with the event the Rialto Center for the Arts and the Department of History at Georgia State University are proud to announce an educational symposium that will take place in the Rialto lobby on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 6 PM to 9 PM and will feature government officials and scholars from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. 

The educational symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is requested by e-mailing  Tickets to the Rialto Series performance start at $38 and are available at the Rialto Center's box office, (404) 413-9TIX (9849) or  Group and Georgia State University student discounts are offered for this show. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.  Free Parking available for all Rialto Series events. 

Third World
Formed in 1973, Third World continues to be the most recognized Reggae group out of Jamaica. They combine Jamaican Reggae and folk music while incorporating rock and funk to create one of the most cutting edge music worldwide. Having had some band changes over the years, Third World continues to perform with six players, three from the original members. Third World's greatest success came from their cover version of Now That We Found Love which brought them to attention of Stevie Wonder. They have one of the longest running Reggae bands, having released 23 albums as well as solo projects from lead singer Bunny Rugs and guitarist Stephen Cat Coore.

The educational symposium will feature Dr. Anil Ramnanan, Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with a presentation on Trinidad and Tobago from Independence to Present.  Followed by Dr. Noel Leo Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Emory University, presenting a talk entitled Jamaica From Independence to Present.  The final speaker will be Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill (one of the largest Caribbean food chains in America) and author of The Baker's Son:  My Life in Business.  Copies of George Meikle's In Praise of Jamaica:  Natural Wonders, Heroes and Achievements will also be available.  The symposium will provide refreshments from Golden Krust and feature live performances.  The symposium is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Rialto Center for the Arts, the Office of International Initiatives, Gold Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia (TNTGA), and Tropic Products International, Inc.

The Rialto continues its 2012-2013 season with Capitol Steps on Saturday, October 20th, Salon de Danse on Saturday, October 28th and Gilberto Gil on Saturday, November 4th.