People without the wherewithal to get themselves to Jamaica this weekend who still want to indulge in a little West Indian vibe need go no farther than Reston Town Center as the Unity Reggae Band takes the stage Saturday night.

The six-member band, based in Baltimore, has been conjuring up thoughts of Caribbean breezes and inspiring dancers to skank for more than 14 years. Unity has shared the stage with such reggae legends as the Wailers, Yellowman, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Eek-a-Mouse and Mutabaruka.

The band, which performs original music and classic reggae hits, has released two CDs, 1995's "Nation Time" and 2000's "Slow Down," with a third recording due soon.

Members include vocalist and drummer Mark Leary, vocalist and keyboardist Meredith Leary, David Saunier on saxophone, keyboards and vocals, Kevin Basiliko on sax and percussion, bassist Chris Rhodes and guitarist Dennis Silver.

The area group Mahala is scheduled to open the show with a set of township jive, a dance-inducing fusion of urban pop and traditional South African music. The band includes former Lucky Dube and the Slaves guitarist Mongezi "Chris" Ntaka. Mahala released an eponymous CD in 2000.


Saturday's free concert is part of Reston Town Center's Concerts on the Town series. For more information, call 703-912-4062.

Mahala includes Mongezi "Chris" Ntaka, left, and Masauko Chipembere.