Bob Marley’s legacy is coming to Gainesville.

The Wailers will perform Thursday at The Venue with a sense of purpose.

“Over a billion people go to bed every night without food,” said Koolant, their new singer. “Every six seconds a child dies.”

The band has teamed up with the United Nations World Food Programme, which feeds over 90 million people each year in 80 of the poorest countries around the globe.

“We want people to know that it only takes 25 cents to feed a child in school for one day. And $50 will feed a child for one year.”

The legendary reggae group will perform their new single, “A Step for Mankind” at their show on Thursday. New-age reggae singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson, who is also joining them on tour, wrote the song to go on the Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 CD.

“Of all the money that we collect, 100 percent of it goes to the charity,” Koolant said.

He mentioned that reggae is “much bigger than the performer.” It’s about people, equality, and improvement.

“Bob stood for all these things, and (we) want to carry on that tradition. You know, music is one of the greatest mediums for getting the word out.”

Doors at The Venue will open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. The Fine Print hopes to see you there (and at our benefit show the night after).