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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.

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

Sample This

Shows from Moving Units, Lucky Dragons promise electronic tunes of the experimental and danceable variety. Read story.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Means More Concerts, Costumes

SOhO, Muddy Waters, and Velvet Jones all host theme parties, live music this weekend. Read story.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Third Time's the Charm for West Beach

A round-up of this weekend's epic, three-day-long beach side reggae and rock festival. Read story.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

End of the Road

Carpinteria's Lonesome Dub wins Indy's Road to West Beach Competition. Read story.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rebelution's Sophomore Release

The Isla Vista reggae rockers unveiled Bright Side of Life on Tuesday. Read story.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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