Summer inna Reggae Rhythm. (Reggae Festivals in California)
Dub Club @ The Echoplex on Wednesday, July 22 presents The Mighty Diamonds With Resident DJs: Tom Chasteen, Roy Corderoy, The Dungeonmaster, Boss Harmony spinning the best in classic reggae, dub and dancehall. Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy”Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica and for the past 39 years have been entertaining and educating the world with their sweet harmonies and conscious lyrics. They quickly became known as the young group with the Motown sound with their soulful harmonies and polished performances. They first hit singles “Country Living” and “Hey Girl” were recorded on the Channel One label. Their debut album “Right Time”, released on the Virgin has become a classic. This is an album that belongs in every serious reggae collection. “Right Time’ is probably their most requested song when they perform. Tabby, Bunny and Judge have produced over 45 albums in their long career and it would be hard to select just one album as a favorite but if I were asked to pick the definite Mighty Diamonds album I would have to say “Deeper Roots”. This album proves that the Mighty Diamonds are truly the best in the business.
The 12th Annual Caribbean Seabreeze Festival returns to its original home at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California set for Sunday, July 26th. This year’s line up features the exclusive So. California appearances by international Reggae superstars Luciano, Wayne Wonder, and the return of Bad Boy recording artist, “The Energy God” Elephant Man, who was true phenomenon at last year’s sell-out event. Other internationally renown music artists from Jamaica and the Caribbean include Collie Buddz, Tanya Stephens, Spraggga Benz, Eljai, New Kingston Band, Leon Caldero, Asheba, E-Dee, Aziatic, Oscar B (with a tribute to the late Caribbean music legends Byron Lee and Andy Palacio), Cultural Dance Troupes, MCs Richie B (HOT 102 Jamaica), Junior Francis (KXLU / KSPC), and Chuck Foster (KPFK) and more filling out the festival’s entertainment schedule.
Friday July 31 @ at Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, The OC Summer Reggae Reunion, (Nobody Cares Record Release Party) featuring The Wailing Souls, a part of the small surviving group of Reggae and Roots originators still musically active today. The legendary group dates back to the late 1960's. Four decades later the group has amassed three Grammy nominations, has been critically lauded for albums released by Island, Tuff Gong and CBS Records and gained a widespread international following.
"The Spirit of Reggae Music ascended once again among the majestic splendor of Northern California Redwood trees as Reggae fans came from near and far to partake..." July 31-August 2, Reggae Rising Music Festival in Piercy, California will take place at the Dimmick Ranch and French’s Camp, situated along the world renowned bend in the Eel River on the Mendocino/Humboldt County Line and will feature three full days of music, food, camping and crafts along with reggae and world music headliners from all over the world. This years show will feature performances by: Luciano, Capleton, Gentleman And The Far East Band, Marcia Griffiths, The Original Wailers, Aswad, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah, Jah Mason, Chezidek, Dezarie, Freddie McGregor, Niyorah, Million Stylez, Rootz Underground, Prezident Brown Ft. Andrew Diamond, Ras Michael, Medicine Drum, Messenjah Selah, Jah Dan, Norrisman, Bobby T And The Magical Voyagers, The Alliez, Humble Soul and more.
Truckee Reggae in The Park with Tosh Meets Marley featuring the Fully Fullwood Band & Truckee Tribe on Saturday, August 1 @ Truckee River Park Amphitheater, Truckee, CA. All ages allowed.
Each year KCRW partners with the LA Phil in presenting KCRW's World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Festival highlights include performances from Femi Kuti, Ray LaMontagne, Toots & The Maytals, Adele, Grace Jones, and Malkit Singh, plus many more. KCRW personalities Garth Trinidad, Anne Litt, Jeremy Sole, Jason Bentley, Henry Rollins and Tom Schnabel will serve as hosts for these captivating concerts. On the Reggae Night @ the Hollywood Bowl (August 9th) we’ll see: Michael Rose who has consistently remained at the helm of one of reggae’s most far-reaching sounds from his early solo work for Niney the Observer through a trailblazing stint as lead singer of Black Uhuru - netting reggae music it’s first Grammy - to his magnificent later solo work; Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica's groups, and last but not least Gregory Isaacs, who’s international stardom occurred in 1978 when Isaacs signed to the Virgin Records offshoot Front Line Records, and appeared in the film Rockers, in which he performed "Slavemaster".
In the jazz-profiled Hermosa Beach Lighthouse Café, so popular on Saturdays that it takes insanely early arrival to get inside and even on weekdays you might get turned back to where you came from – every Wednesday you may enjoy the live show by one of the hottest LA-based reggae groups – Detour.
Also, weekly reggae events are held @ The Dragonfly (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.), Thursdays Jamaica Live with the DJ's White Lightning, Mark Luv (Zulu Nation), Q-Bwoy and Sunday’s Jamaican Gold @ The Forbidden City (1718 Vine St.) with DJ's White Lightning, Mark Luv (Zulu Nation), Benji (African Unity) & Phers 1 (DP Sound).