CLICK HERE to check out other acts performing a Twilight Concert at the Santa Monica Pier! I caught the Allah-Las live a few weeks ago when they took the stage at Echo Park Rising but I wasn’t able to watch their entire set as I had to run to another venue to photograph another band playing. Though I only caught half of their set at Echo … Read More Allah-Las| Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 9/4/14 [PHOTOS]
CLICK HERE to check out other acts performing a Twilight Concert at the Santa Monica Pier! Lee “Scratch” Perry. The Upsetter. A Grammy award winning, seminal Jamaican reggae producer whose innovative production techniques redefined reggae music as we know it. And he graced the stage with the Subatomic Sound System at the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Concert Series. Wow. . At 78 … Read More Lee “Scratch” Perry | Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 8/28/14 [PHOTOS]
CLICK HERE to check out the other acts I plan on checking out this Summer at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier! With over half of the concert series in the books, on Thursday, August 28st, the Santa Monica Pier hosts the East Los Angeles, Afrobeat band Mexico 68 and the legendary Lee Scratch Perry.
Every Memorial Day weekend for the past 28 years, UCLA has hosted a music festival called the JazzReggae Festival. Originally, the first day was devoted to Jazz and the second day was devoted Reggae. Though the first day has morphed to a “Jam” day, the festival has always been able to pull in outstanding talent for the price of admission. If you are ever … Read More The 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival | UCLA | May 25th & 26th [PHOTOS]
Bob Marley had a number of children. The Bob Marley official website acknowledges eleven children. Of those eleven, 7 of them are musicians. One of them closed out UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival: Ky-Mani Marley. Ky-Mani’s set was filled with the good vibes that everybody who came to the festival expected. It was also a family affair. No, none of Bob’s other siblings dropped by … Read More Ky-Mani Marley | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
If you are into reggae, there are two acts you need to know: Bob Marley and Black Uhuru. Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae group that was founded back in 1972. Though the lineup has changed over the years, there is still one original member still playing with the band: Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Though perhaps not as beloved as Bob Marley, music lovers need … Read More Black Uhuru | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
Roy “Gramps” Morgan has reggae music in his blood. After all, Denroy Morgan, a founding member of the Black Eagles, is his father. Though he’s only release two albums, his most recent album, “Reggae Music Lives”, was well received and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums list. His set was was filled with passion and he definitely had the crowd vibing off … Read More Gramps Morgan | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
Kevin Lyttle is a Vincentian soca artist who had a worldwide hit back in 2004 with his collaboration with Spragga Benz on a track called “Turn Me On”. Soca, also known as Soul Calypso [SOul CAlypso], is a style of Caribbean music originating in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a style of music that incorporates elements of disco, rap, reggae and zouk. Kevin’s first … Read More Kevin Lyttle | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
Today, February 6th, 2013, is Bob Marley’s birthday. Taken from his Wikipeidia: “Nesta Robert Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of … Read More Bob Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) | My Favorite Live Videos
Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg) | “No Guns Allowed” | The Lion Assembles an All Star Team To Create Message About Gun Violence
On March 20, 2013, Snoop released a powerful new single titled “No Guns Allowed”; a song that reflects about his past ownership of guns and guns in America today. The Boss Dogg (or these days, the Boss Lion) has a storied relationship with firearms. Whether it was when the home of his family was raided while he wife and children were present, or whether it … Read More Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg) | “No Guns Allowed” | The Lion Assembles an All Star Team To Create Message About Gun Violence
Nesta Robert Marley, OM, pka “Bob Marley”, was born February 6, 1945 and passed on May 11, 1981. He is an icon in reggae music and is credits with helping the spread of both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement throughout the world. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As such, rather than post original recordings of Bob Marley performing, … Read More Happy Bday, Bob Marley!
CLICK HERE to check out other acts I caught at the Twilight Concert on the Santa Monica Pier! Below are Instagram clips of some of the songs from Lee “Scratch” Perry’s set at the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series. Instagram’s embed settings are, unfortunately, too large for WordPress, but hopefully, you’ll still be able to click through to watch the video … Read More Lee “Scratch” Perry | Twilight Concert Series | Santa Monica Pier | 8/28/14 [INSTAGRAM VIDS]