Reggae Music In Santa Babylon

UB40's Thirty-Year-Long Labor of Love

The acclaimed British reggae band will play the Arlington Theatre this Friday. Read story.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mad Professor and Lee "Scratch" Perry Reviewed

Reggae hit town in a big way last week. Thanks to the folks at Club Mercy, SOhO played host to two of the most legendary names in dub music. Read story.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

West Beach Music & Arts Festival

Kicking off Friday afternoon and wrapping up beneath clear skies and a full moon on Sunday, the second annual West Beach Music & Arts Festival came to life on the dusty sands west of Stearns Wharf over the weekend. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Slightly Stoopid

Reggae has most definitely evolved since Bob Marley. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pepper Lays Down the Law

Despite having trekked from Hawaii to Southern California some 10 years ago, Pepper haven't distanced themselves too far from the ideals of their homeland. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Positively State Street

BACK TO THE BEACH: Last year, twin brothers Joshua and Jeremy Pemberton, the up-and-coming masterminds behind Twiin Productions (, attempted the near impossible: throwing a one-off festival the likes of which Santa Barbara rarely sees while the Bowl season was still going strong. Read story.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mad Caddies

When the curtains rose at a little past 11 o'clock on Sunday night, the crowd at Velvet Jones exploded for Santa Barbara favorites The Mad Caddies. Read story.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Mad Caddies Celebrate a Year on the Road with Two Hometown Shows

There aren't too many people who can go from standing in the crowd at a NOFX show in Santa Barbara to supporting the band at a sold-out show in Moscow. But, then again, there aren't too many people like the Mad Caddies. In a career that has spanned more than 10 years and yielded half a dozen albums, the Solvang natives have taken their delectable offering of punk-infused roots music to the world. Read story.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lee "Scratch" Perry

There are moments in life when the circular nature of our existence becomes beautifully clear. Such was the case late last Monday night as I found my ears still ringing with the deliciously dark and captivating beats of Lee "Scratch" Perry and his band, Dub Is a Weapon. Read story.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Reggae Cruise Benefits Area Charity

Enjoy the sounds of Santa Barbara reggae during a night a sea. Read story.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Introducing Hawaii's Paula Fuga

The Hawaiian reggae songstress chats with The Indy's Matt Kettmann. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mizik Jakmel Offers All-Star Reggae Line-Up

In case you wanted a reason to head to Haiti... Read story.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Reggae on the River

Faced with the doldrums of being a surf addict living in a Santa Barbara summer, I sought out a little adventure a few weeks back and popped my Reggae on the River cherry. What follows is an attempt to document something that really can only be experienced. Read story.

Originally published 10:07 a.m., August 20, 2006
Updated 3:21 p.m., August 25, 2006

Meet the Marleys

On Friday, August 11, the Roots, Rock, Reggae tour brings Ziggy and Stephen Marley, as well as Bunny Wailer and Ozomatli, to the Santa Barbara Bowl for a night to celebrate the musical legacy of Bob Marley. Read story.

Originally published 12:35 p.m., August 9, 2006
Updated 1:09 p.m., August 24, 2006
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