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Reggae Music In Santa Babylon

Ever since the "Tuff Gong" Bob Marley graced the stage at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, Santa Barbara has always had a very vibrant and thriving reggae scene. Coming full circle to rising stars like Cornerstone, Dylan Judah, Iration, Rebelution, and local ska legends The Upbeat and The Mad Caddies, reggae and ska music in the 805 is alive and well. Here is our collection of articles praising the music and message that the reggae legends worked so hard to spread across the world, an effort that had a deep and meaningful impact in our town as well as the rest of California.

Scientist and Dylan Judah Say Hello, World, to UCSB

KCSB’s welcome weekend expands horizons with additional sets from The Lions and Cornerstone. Read story.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Damian Marley’s On Fire

Youngest Marley descendent stands out with innovative reggae at the Bowl. Read story.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Damian Marley Comes to the Bowl

Bob’s youngest son honors his father with his Catch a Fire Tour. Read story.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Don Carlos Spreads his Love at SOhO

Legendary reggae artist performs a variety of classics that encompassed his 40-plus year career. Read story.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ten Years of Dub Side of the Moon

Producer Michael Goldwasser reminisces on a decade of Easy Star All-Stars. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Soul Majestic

The new fan-funded album drops May 13. The band plays SOhO on May 17. Read story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Damian and Stephen Marley at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Bob’s legacy — and relatives — returned to the Bowl on Saturday, June 29. Read story.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Getting to Know Jo Mersa Marley

The Santa Barbara Bowl hosts Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley with guests on June 29. Read story.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Staying Power of The Skatalites

The seminal ska act will perform at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on April 11. Read story.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Black Seeds Cross-Pollinate on Dust and Dirt

This week’s music highlights include The Black Seeds, Pat Thomas, and The Fishtank Ensemble. Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Matisyahu Goes Live in Ventura

The Jewish reggae rapper calls in from the road to talk spirituality, music, and branching out. Read story.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Three Reasons to Check Out UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival That Aren’t Jazz or Reggae

This weekend, head south and soak up the sun (and soul) of the 25th annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA. Read story.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ziggy Marley’s Doin’ It for the Kids

The reggae singer talks about his new children’s record and his recent trip to South Africa. Read story.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Thermals Bring New Tunes to Velvet Jones

The Portland three-piece discusses writing, recording, and why they finally added a drummer. Read story.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rebelution at Ventura Theater

Hometown heroes and reggae heavyweights Rebelution return to town this weekend for two very big nights of music. Read story.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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