The story of Long Beach's most successful band rarely emphasizes its multicultural roots, its ability to seamlessly blend disparate genres or its importance in creating a globally appealing pop sound out of a mass of local musical influences. Instead, most considerations of ska-punk outfit Sublime f ... More >>
These days, reggae evokes images of hippies, dreadlocks, good ganja and good vibes, but the genre, which developed from ska, mento and R&B music in the 1960s, wasn't always a college dorm room staple. Maybe it was Eric Clapton's 1974 cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" that helped white p ... More >>
LA WeeklyTMZ is reporting that rap legend Heavy D, one of the most influential rappers of the '90s, died today. Born Dwight Arrington Myers, Heavy D was rushed to an LA hospital around noon today and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 p.m. He was 44 years old. According to the police, ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCheck out our slideshow here!Bedouin Soundclash
June 3, 2011
Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana
What's that old cliché, don't judge a book by its cover? Well, the same can be said for parking lots. Don't judge a concert by the amount of cars in the lot. One would think ... More >>
Beth StirnamanJulian Marley playing at Ragga Muffins Festival Feb. 23, 2009It's time again for the annual Ragga Muffins Festival to take over Long Beach--and this year, the festival is dedicated to Bob Marley who passed nearly 30 years ago (yes, it has been that long since the music legend l ... More >>
What are you up to this weekend? There's a whole slew of shows for you to watch the next few days--here's a few you must see.July 23, FridayTonight Ziggy Marley appears at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa
Mesa, bringing his easy-going take on life and love across the board to
the OC Fair crowd ... More >>
If you're sorely missing classic reggae in your life, it might be wise to plan a trip to Hermosa Beach to see Toots and the Maytals perform at Saint Rocke on Saturday, May 15. Read Drew Tewksbury's interview with the legend after the jump.
You don't get much more roots reggae than the Maytals. The group is credited with being first act to use the word "reggae" in song. Written by leader Toots Hibbert, "Do the Reggay" came out in Jamaica and then the U.K. in 1968. My favorite Maytals song, "Pressure Drop," appears on the 1972 Harder ... More >>
The Great Skate, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. through March 15Irvine's Great Park (you know, home to that dollar-sucking Great
Balloon) brings the simple, youthful joy of ice skating to the park in
an attempt to well, just do something fun and care-free for the
community in these bleak times.Great Park, S ... More >>
Review by Marco Villalobos. Photos by Christopher Victorio.
The 27th Annual Ragga Muffins Festival
Long Beach Convention Center
February 16 2008
Better Than: A six-pack of Red Stripe.
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Let us take a moment to bow our heads in respect to the wonders of ... More >>
It seemed promising: big, historic cruise ship, southern California sun, Barrington Levy and a few other well-known reggae performers. But things quickly took a turn for the worse at the first annual "Reggae Festival By the Bay" this Sunday in Long Beach when we noticed the sign posted on the parki ... More >>