Archive for June, 2009

Roundtable: Independence Day Bashment

After the barbeque and the fireworks, head over to the Round Table Cocktail Lounge and end the day long celebration – bashment style.

Shotta Crew alongside Destiny Roots will play the latest roots, dancehall, lovers rock and culture until 2 a.m., offering drink specials throughout the night.

Imagine ladies dancing on a wall (upside down), on their heads or moving the lower half of their bodies in movements that should be admissible to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Continue the vibes at the after party ’til about 4 am. Yes there is one, BUT as dedicated reggae partygoers know, this is never given out, you must be at the club when it’s announced!

Roundtable Cocktail Lounge, Euclid Ave., San Diego, 92105, $5 before 10 p.m., $7 after 10 p.m. and $10 after mid-night.

Mz. Jackson


Three O’Clock Fridays: Reggae Concerts

The annual summer concert season returns with yet another strong reggae concert lineup including, Steel Pulse and The Wailers.

The reggae concerts draw the biggest crowds at the track offering incredibly low-priced entry-fee – track admission cost $3-$6.

The annual Bob Marley Roots, Rock and Reggae Festival, usually ending the horse racing season at the Del Mar Race Track, will have a surprise artist that hasn’t been announced.

Check out the complete schedule line up below, but please note, it contains only the reggae concerts.

Del Mar Race Track Summer Concert Series

Three O’clock Fridays

All Friday concerts begin after the last race of the day, usually by 7 p.m.

The Wailers
July 31, 2009

Common Sense
Aug. 14, 2009


Saturday infield concerts also begin after the last race of the day, usually around 6 p.m. Races begin at 2.

Steel Pulse
Aug. 22, 2009

Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival
Sept. 6, 2009

For more information, visit

Mz. Jackson

Belly Up Tavern: The Abyssinians w/Etana

Lady sing-jay Etana will open for reggae legends, The Abyssianians, tonight at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach.

Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, doors at 9 p.m., admission is $19.

Will I see you there?

Having a “Laid Back Friday,” with Dasheye of T.O.K.

I made it to one of many “Laid Back Fridays,” at the Wavehouse to check out the vibes and speak to Dasheye of Tribe of Kings.

Hut Bar at the Wavehouse

Hut Bar at the Wavehouse

Approaching the entrance into the venue, I could hear Cualli performing and the sounds of the waves coming from the simulated surfing tank.

When I rounded the corner, it looked like I was in the islands. There were lighted palm trees towering over the sand that borders a narrow boardwalk that leads to the stage. Off to the side, were two hut-themed bars and a gas fire pit, surrounded by lawn chairs. While buying a drink at the entrance bar, you can see the ocean waves breaking against the sand. This is definitely worth the drive to Mission Beach.

I sat down with Tribe of King’s Dasheye for a discussion about their sound and “Laid Back Fridays.”

Listen to the podcast interview here .

What Kind of Reggae is That?

Whether you were at a club, bought a mixed cd or went to a concert — you have asked that question.

Foundation artists, such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Steel Pulse have programmed our ears to the early ska, rock steady beats. Roots and dub are direct creations from the reggae legends mentioned above.

Soon came digital instrumentation and the birth of dancehall. Artists would “toast” or sing over riddims (rhythms) and create specials or dubplates for sound systems. Dee-jay and sing-jay collaborations were common back in the early 80s featuring artists like Wayne Wonder and Buju Banton.

Ska reggae can be heard by listening to Toots and The Maytals, specifically “54-46 Was My Number,” a nifty song about his time spent in prison.

Conscious ragga developed shortly after dancehall with artists like Sizzla, Luciano and Anthony B., singing political and empowerment lyrics over dancehall riddims.

Reggaeton have riddims and beats similar to dancehall reggae, but was created Panama. It was Puerto Rico that brought recognition to reggaeton.

Modern Soca has been heavily influenced by reggae, although it isn’t a recognized reggae genre, it sounds very familiar to dancehall. Check out Machel Montano or Renato and listen to what many Caribbeans vibe to. Here in San Diego, where you find reggae is the only place where you’ll hear Soca.

Mz. Jackson

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