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Video: J Boog – “Good Cry” (ft. Chaka Demus)

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For the second year in a row, J Boog has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album with his 11/18/2016 release of Wash House Ting. The album is 14 tracks and includes guest appearances by Gramps Morgan, Buju Banton, Fiji, Chaka Demus and more. Here is the music video for “Good Cry” that was also on J Boog’s Rose Petals EP that was also up for Best Reggae Album last year. The 60th Annual Grammy’s will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET. To read more about the Grammy’s the Best Reggae Album nominees, click HERE! You can stream J Boog’s Wash House Ting or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Buffett with Matthew McConaughey

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From “Matthew McConaughey Bummin’ Around With Jimmy Buffett!!!“. TMZ has a video of McConaughey with Buffett.

Matthew McConaughey’s just a beach bum these days … who happened to find his way on stage with Jimmy Buffett to dance along to one of his legendary island jams.

The Oscar-winning actor’s in Miami shooting for his upcoming film, “The Beach Bum” … and showed off his groovy moves while Buffett played his hit song, “Volcano,” during one of the scenes.

McConaughey plays a rebellious stoner named Moondog in the Harmony Korine film, and judging by the vid … Moondog’s in paradise when Buffett’s rocking out.
“The Beach Bum” comes out in 2018.


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Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018 Lineup Revealed

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Tis the season for Thanksgiving hangovers and food comas, but as the holidays approach that also means music festival season is right around the corner and a plethora of lineups will soon be revealed. Perhaps none more appealing than the 2018 installment of Reggae Rise Up Florida featuring a headliner trio of Rebelution, Damian “JR GONG” Marley and SOJA.

Now entering its 8th year, Reggae Rise Up will once again be returning to the lovely Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida from March 16-18. For those who aren’t aware, Reggae Rise Up has established itself as one of the leading reggae music festivals that fans can indulge in and enjoy on a yearly basis, in addition to gaining attention and notoriety across all music festivals in general. They’re known for hosting year-round events as well as Festivals taking place in both Floriday and Utah. Further, the festival historically has been a two-day feature, but with the momentum and positive reviews in previous years the Reggae Rise Up Team has been able to expand to three days. In addition to the top-notch headliners, the lineup features an epic supporting cast as well:

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018 Full Line-Up:

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Tribal Seeds
Jesse Royal
Easy Star All-Stars
Nattali Rize
Summer Survivors

Damian “JR GONG” Marley
J Boog
Mike Love
Iya Terra
Jungle Man Sam
Badda Skat

Nahko Medicine For The People
Collie Buddz
The Expendables
Raging Fyah
New Kingston
Kash’d Out

Vinoy Park will host plenty of merchandise booths for fans and attendees to enjoy in their “vendor village” as well plenty of food truck and additional options to grab some grub. Festival-goers will have plenty of chances to quench their thirst, as RRU has noted that there will be more beer options scattered throughout the festival grounds this year than they’ve previously supported – there will also be full bars with liquor.

Aside from a bit of an earlier start on Saturday with the expanded lineup, gates will open around 1pm each day and close up at 10pm. As was the case in previous years, there is unfortunately no camping allowed at Vinoy Park due to city code stipulations, however there are plenty of hotel options available and attendees can check out all information and deals on the official website listed below.

Three days of epic music, good eats and drinks, sun (or sunburn) and memories that will last a lifetime. What’s not to love!? Grab your buddies and your tickets today by clicking HERE!

Related Links:
Reggae Rise Up Website
Reggae Rise Up Facebook

Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: Reggae Rise Up Florida 2017 – Official Aftermovie

Watch: Reggae Rise Up Utah 2017 – Official Aftermovie

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2018 Grammy Nominees For Best Reggae Album

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On Sunday, January 28, 2018 on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place. While all of the nominees for the various categories have been announced, we of course wanted to spotlight the 5 nominees for Best Reggae Album. Lets take a look as we congratulate nominees Common Kings, J Boog, Morgan Heritage, Chronixx and Damian Jr Gong Marley!

The eligibility requirements for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards include albums that were released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Recordings must be commercially released in general distribution in the United States, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized independent distributor, via the internet or mail order/retail sales for a nationally marketed product. Recordings must be available for sale from any date within the eligibility period through at least the date of the current year’s voting deadline.
The 2018 Grammy Nominees for Best Reggae Album:
Damian Jr Gong MarleyStony Hill (Released: 7/21/2017)
Morgan HeritageAvrakedabra (Released: 5/19/2017)
ChronixxChronology (Released (Released: 6/30/2017)
Common KingsLost In Paradise (Released: 2/3/2017)
J BoogWash House Ting (Released: 11/18/2016)

Something tells me that if a Marley is a nominee, then a Marley will likely take home the Grammy. That doesn’t mean that Damian’s Stony Hill isn’t a worthy nomination — JR Gong has won the category twice, in 2002 and 2006, and Stony Hill is a monster of an album at 18 tracks with his brother, Stephen, guesting on 3 of the songs. Morgan Heritage won their first Grammy in 2016 with Strictly Roots and they return as nominees for Avrakedabra that also features both Ziggy Stephen Marley.

The rest of the 2018 Nominees would be first time winners. J Boog was nominated last year for his Rose Petals EP from a March 2016 release and is up again with a full length record in Wash House Ting, a record that actually features Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. This is the first time southern, CA’s Common Kings have been nominated and with a debut album; Lost In Paradise. The wild-card here is Jamaica’s Chronixx who may have just enough momentum to possibly beat out a Marley with his debut record, Chronology.

Ultimately, the winner doesn’t matter, but the discussion and notoriety is what counts. We hope people continue to talk about these albums and through these albums we hope people continue to discover the vast universe that is the reggae-rock community of artists that these nominees are known for collaborating and performing with. This genre continues to be building momentum that is getting more notoriety with the impact its having on the music industry with its culture and quality.

As Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour, best put it on his Twitter (@KevinLyman): “Of course congratulations to the @GRAMMYAwards nominations, but I wish to recognize the 100’s of bands traveling around the country playing their hearts out each night who hope to make enough gas money to get to the next town!”

— We salute all of you artists and bands out there to another year of commitment to your passion.

Watch: Damian Marley – “Medicataion” (ft. Stephen Marley)

The GRAMMY’s Complete History of Best Reggae Album Winners:
2018: ?
2017: Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
2016: Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots
2015: Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
2014: Ziggy Marley – In Concert
2013: Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth
2012: Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life
2011: Buju Banton – Before the Dawn
2010: Stephen Marley – Mind Control Acoustic
2009: Burning Spear – Jah Is Real
2008: Stephen Marley – Mind Control
2007: Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion
2006: Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
2005: Toots the Maytals – True Love
2004: Sean Paul – Dutty Rock
2003: Lee Perry – Jamaican E.T.
2002: Damian Marley – Halfway Tree
2001: Beenie Man – Art and Life
2000: Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari
1999: Sly and Robbie – Friends
1998: Ziggy Marley The Melody Makers – Fallen Is Babylon
1997: Bunny Wailer – Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary
1996: Shaggy – Boombastic
1995: Bunny Wailer – Crucial! Roots Classics
1994: Inner Circle – Bad Boys
1993: Shabba Ranks – X-tra Naked
1992: Shabba Ranks – As Raw As Ever
1991: Bunny Wailer – Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley
1990: Ziggy Marley The Melody Makers – One Bright Day
1989: Ziggy Marley The Melody Makers – Conscious Party
1988: Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War
1987: Steel Pulse – Babylon the Bandit
1986: Jimmy Cliff – Cliff Hanger
1985: Black Uhuru – Anthem

Watch: Common Kings – “Mary Wanna”

Related Links:
Official Grammys Website
Grammys Facebook
Damian JR Gong Marley Website
Chronixx Website
Common Kings Website
J Boog Website
Morgan Heritage Website

Article by: Mike Patti

Watch: Chronixx – “Likes”

Watch: J Boog – “Good Cry” (ft. Chaka Demus)

Watch: Morgan Heritage – “Reggae Night” (ft. DreZion)

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The Little-known Life of the First African American Female Zoologist

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It’s been nearly six months since I left the shores of Hawaii for the nation’s capital, ready to embark on a new journey as a Roger Arliner Young Marine (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellow. I can still remember landing at Reagan National Airport, filled with trepidation, with one suitcase and my backpack.

New home. New apartment. New mission.

This fellowship was created to inspire the next generation of marine conservation leaders from diverse backgrounds. It was named in honor of Dr. Roger Arliner Young, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in Zoology in 1940. She was a groundbreaking researcher and a staunch social activist who also struggled with both physical and mental illness. In her long career she encountered numerous obstacles because of her sex, her race and a pervasive classism.

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Inspired by her legacy as a pioneering researcher, I was excited to learn she had attended and taught at Howard University in Washington D.C. I recently spent an afternoon looking for traces of Dr. Young at this famed Historically Black College with two other RAY Fellows, Melia Paguirigan and Derek Segars. After several hours we came up empty-handed. No building, no classroom, no plaque bears the name of Roger Arliner Young.

Despite receiving her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1923, and eventually teaching there for a few years after completing her master’s degree, it was like she had never walked those halls. My request to the university to learn more about Dr. Young has gone unanswered.

So, here we are, 77 years after Dr. Young received her doctorate in Zoology, still caught in circular conversations about diversity quotas and quotients.

Progress is all too often gauged by the number of people of color that occupy cubicles, without regard to actually uplifting and empowering diversity. A report by Green 2.0 found environmental organizations and agencies have still not been able to break through the so-called “green ceiling.” Minorities make up only 12-16% of the green workforce and that figure has remained stagnant for decades.

In 2016, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace and Rare began the RAY Fellowship to redress the balance. I am part of the change that is focused on inspiring the next generation of marine conservationists through networking, mentorship and professional development.  Currently, the Fellowship is continuing to expand partnerships, including Point Blue Conservation, who recently signed on as a member.

There is no denying that minorities suffer from a severe lack of representation and mentorship opportunities. We do not see ourselves reflected in the fields of study like environmental science, and we are absent from high-ranking positions of leadership.

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Many of us are still walking the same path as Dr. Young did. She did not have the guidance of a mentor who advocated for her as a woman scientist of color. In many ways, she did not even have the support of her community.

“Mentorship is key as a minority trying to get into a nontraditional field,” said Derek Segars, the Government Relations RAY Fellow at Ocean Conservancy.  “In my community, getting involved in this type of field—the policy area—is never really promoted to young black men. Not even just policy, but environmental advocacy in general are not really outlets that the black community has highlighted as areas for black intellectuals to invest their time in.”

“As a minority you face a lot more roadblocks and you have a lot fewer resources. You have a lot fewer people to look up to. You have a lot fewer people to look to for guidance—people who have gone through the same experiences to get to where you have to go,” he adds.

That same lack of representation even carries throughout our academic careers. The most striking thing about Dr. Young’s story is that she was imperfect and vulnerable in the most human of ways. She was far from the perfect student—and yet she fought for every step forward.

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“Something that I really struggled with, as a young professional, as someone who has gone through the research world, and as someone who grew up in a small white town… it’s really hard to find role models who look like you and have your [life] experiences. You grasp at whatever you can,” said Melia Paguirigan, the Ocean Acidification RAY Fellow at Ocean Conservancy.

“What initially struck me about her is that when she started off in college she wasn’t an A+ student,” she comments, “What it came down to was that she was just a hard worker.”

What I take away from Dr. Young’s life is her uncompromising loyalty to herself and her passions. As an Asian American, I often struggle with the fear that my ethnic identity will eclipse all my other talents and skills. We all want to stand on our own merit, the strength of our convictions, our ability to persevere. That unapologetic self-advocacy is a virtue I am constantly trying to cultivate.

“We are changing things, we are making small differences,” notes Paguirigan. “At the end of this fellowship, we will have done what we set out to do—creating that path forward for the next generation of conservation leaders.”

For these, among many reasons, the life and achievements of Dr. Young deserve to be celebrated.

She represents the strength we need to emulate as the next generation of diverse, strong and articulate conservation leaders ready to break through that green ceiling.

© Emily Okikawa

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Where Does Barry Myers Stand?

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This morning, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be questioning President Trump’s nominee to lead our nation’s top ocean agency—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

President Trump’s nominee, Barry Myers, is the CEO of AccuWeather, and his nomination has been a controversial one.

But while Mr. Myers has extensive background in the weather forecasting business, we actually know very little about his views on the issues that we hold close to our hearts—ocean and coastal issues.

So, we decided to ask.

This week, Ocean Conservancy’s CEO, Janis Searles Jones, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee asking senators to help fill in the blanks and ask Barry Myers some tough questions on ocean and coastal issues facing our nation.

Few agencies have a more substantial impact on the ocean and coastal environment on which people and economies depend than NOAA. The ocean is an important economic driver for our entire nation, a vital habitat for marine wildlife, and a sacred part of our nation’s heritage—and NOAA is critical to ensuring its protection. It is imperative that we ensure that the head of NOAA is committed to keeping our ocean strong and healthy.

Before he is confirmed to lead our nation’s top ocean agency, Americans deserve to know where Mr. Myers stands on ocean issues. And at today’s hearing, we’ll all be listening.

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Jimmy Buffett with The Eagles ticket info

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Ticket on sale information for Jimmy Buffett with The Eagles 2018 tour

Apr 14 2018 – Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL

Onsale to General Public: Sat 12/02/17 10:00 am EST
American Express: Tue 11/28/17 10:00 am EST
Official Platinum: Tue 11/28/17 10:00 am EST
Ticketmaster Mobile: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Live Nation Mobile App: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Live Nation/Venue: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST

Apr 21 2018 – Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, FL

Onsale to General Public: Sat 12/02/17 10:00 am EST
American Express: Tue 11/28/17 10:00 am EST
Official Platinum:- Tue 11/28/17 10:00 am EST
Sirius XM Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Live Nation Mobile App Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Live Nation Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Ticketmaster Mobile Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST
Hard Rock Stadium Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am EST

Jun 28 2018 – Coors Field – Denver, CO

Onsale to General Public: Fri 12/01/17 10:00 am MST
Sirius XM Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am MST

Jun 30 2018 – Target Field – Minneapolis, MN

Onsale to General Public: Sat 12/02/17 10:00 am CST
American Express: Tue 11/28/17 10:00 am CST
Live Nation Mobile App: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am CST
Live Nation, Radio and Venue: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am CST
SiriusXM Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am CST
Ticketmaster Mobile App Presale: Thu 11/30/17 10:00 am CST


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The History & Return of Long Beach Dub Allstars

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Who Exactly Are The Long Beach Dub Allstars?

The Sublime family tree is one with many branches, but if we consider Sublime the root, then Long Beach Dub Allstars would be the trunk of this unique reggae-rock genre. They started in 1997 as a way for this special community of artists to come together around the untimely passing of their brother in Sublime front-man Brad Nowell who passed away in May of 1996. The group was created by surviving Sublime members; drummer Bud Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson, along with producer and sound-engineer Miguel Happoldt and DJ/percussionist Marshall Goodman. The group was rounded out with RightBackvocals provided by new lead-guitarist Ras-1 and Opie Ortiz, who in addition to designing all of the Sublime material, also designed all of the L.B.D.A. art. Then there was the late Ikey Owens on keys who sat opposite of Jack Maness on keys (and occasionally played guitar) along with Tim Wu on sax/flute.

“After Brad had passed we were all devastated,” Opie tells The Pier. “Our arms were open for all the homies and we were all just hanging out and jamming to help with the remorse. That was the only way Bud Eric could deal, was to keep playing. I don’t know if it was just therapy for them or all of us, but we all came together and we kind of figured it out.”

Following their first live performance in January of 1997, a buzz broke out with demand for more shows. So what started out as a tribute performance to support Brad’s son, Jakob, turned into a band of Brad’s fellow brothers and musicians that would continue to write, perform and further this new genre of music. When they would perform live, they would play a mix of Sublime songs and reggae covers around a collection of original material using that unique ingredient of Reggae, Ska, Dub, Hip Hop, Punk with shades of Pop. They always paid tribute to Brad Nowell during songs, would let the crowd sing “Santeria” and were known to play as a backing band for such artists as Half Pint, Barrington Levy and Born Jamericans. Back then, L.B.D.A. was the only group of its kind furthering the Reggae-Rock sound with influence. Slightly Stoopid was still establishing their following and when it came to live shows or tours, it was Slightly Stoopid who would open up for L.B.D.A.

“We were just trying to get back on track, trying to use Opie and Ras’s strength and diminish whatever little weaknesses there was,” Miguel tells The Pier.

Like Sublime, ‘Dub Allstars toured the nation on the Vans Warped Tour, but unlike Sublime, the ‘Dubs were able to continue touring the world for several years. Long Beach Dub Allstars benefited from the buzz of Sublime’s 1996 break-out self-titled album and hit single “What I Got.” Fans rushed to their show and looked to them for a continuation of a sound that didn’t have much of a platform without them. As Miguel explains of the group back then: “Long Beach Dub Allstars had one show that wasn’t sold out in its entire existence. And the smallest venue we ever played held about a thousand people.”

For being such a big band with so many members, Miguel explained a bit of the method to the madness: “We didn’t all play at the same time. It was very much arranged. Occasionally we’d all play at the same time, at the end of the song with the crescendo building, but the next song would start and it’d be a 3 piece with Ras-1, Bud Eric and that’s it. You give them a little, you take a little, and you bring it in and drop it out. That’s what we did.”

From 1997-2002, the ‘Dub Allstars put out an EP of sorts titled Long Beach Dub Allstars Friends (1998) followed by 2 full-length WotWalbums, Right Back (1999) and Wonders of the World (2001). They collaborated with a slew of guest vocalists that included: Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas, Chali2na of Jurassic 5, Barrington Levy, Half Pint, Tippa Irie, H.R., Joe Strummer, Born Jamericans, and more! They reached radio play with spins on hit singles “Trailer Ras” (1999) and “Sunny Hours” (2001) while being known for fan favorites, “Rosarito,” “My Own Life,” and “Listen To DJ’s.”

A lot of the artists that Sublime were known for sampling or covering, Long Beach Dub Allstars actually got to perform and/or record with. Artists like Barringon Levy — Sublime put out “Saw Red,” that was a cover of Levy’s “She’s Mine.” Then ‘Dub Allstars record an acoustic version of “Saw Red” with Levy singing on it to close out their debut record. Half Pint, which Sublime used as inspiration with “What I Got” from Pint’s song “Loving,” was also on L.B.D.A.’s debut record with the song “Pass It On.”. Miguel tells The Pier: “For me personally, I cant speak for anybody else, but I didn’t really care about anything except getting to know Half Pint and meeting Barrington and working with Tippa Irie. Brad would have killed for that! To know Half Pint he would have killed a man, do you know what I’m trying to say?”

A lot of the reggae-rock, collaborative formula that was used in the success of Sublime Long Beach Dub Allstars was also seen passed on to Slightly Stoopid with Miguel Happoldt and Marshall Goodman’s involvement with production. Slightly Stoopid’s Everything You Need (2003) and Closer To The Sun (2005) records felt like natural progressions to the Sublime Long Beach Dub Allstars sound as Stoopid would also collaborate with a lot of the same artists that ‘Dub Allstars put back on the radar with the commercial attention they were receiving on the heels of Sublimes success.

Watch: Long Beach Dub Allstars – “Trailer Ras”

So Why Did Long Beach Dub Allstars Break-up?

Miguel, in a previous interview, tells The Pier: “People started getting into drugs and fucked everything up. We could have used more structure. We made a lot of good music, played a lot of good shows; we put a lot of reggae artists back on the radar.”

And while drug use was certainly a factor in the bands demise, they were struck a significant blow when their highly anticipated sophomore record, Wonders of the World, was released on 9/11/2001. Instead of waking up to the excitement of a new record selling, they woke up with the rest of world to see foreign terrorism on U.S. soil.
“Most of our shows people came out, but there was that fear throughout America, and it restricted a lot of the shows,” Marshall Goodman tells The Pier. “The turnout was less than it would have been otherwise. The record sales and all of that, yes, 9/11 majorly affected the band.”

Bud Gaugh quit first, but the Dub’s continued to play with Goodman replacing Gaugh on drums, much like he did during Sublime’s recording of their first album, 40oz to Freedom. After the group split in 2002, various members pursued miscellaneous side-projects with each-other over the years that saw little to mild success. Miguel continued to produce Slightly Stoopid in addition to staying busy with the various Sublime re-releases from over the years. Marshall Goodman would continue to produce as well, working with Slightly Stoopid to Rebelution, Tomorrows Bad Seeds as well as Sublime with Rome. In 2009, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh reunited with new singer Rome Ramirez to form Sublime with Rome. Bud Gaugh would leave SwR in 2011, but it’s where Eric Wilson continues to write and perform on bass, today.

Watch: Long Beach Dub Allstars – “Sunny Hours” (ft. Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas)

The Return of Long Beach Dub Allstars:

In 2012, Opie, Miguel and Marshall started to resurface, performing shows under the acronym: L.B.D.A. This resurfacing was without Bud, Eric or Ras-1. They had a new bass player along with other adjustments to the arrangement of the original line-up. This same line-up would perform the Skunk Records 25th Anniversary shows in 2014 that included a live performance at California Roots Festival to which Marshall described back then as the first step toward reuniting much of this line-up to move forward with new records: “That was actually a breath of fresh air in my opinion. It was a chance to take this legacy, this ‘what could have been’ and make it happen.”

They took long-time fans by surprise when they announced a series of shows in 2017, with one in Florida, boasting their full-name: Long Beach Dub Allstars. The group confirmed that they were in fact back and motivated to play music with each-other again, inspired by the tragic deaths of brothers Ikey Aaron Owens. They have had a run of shows in 2017 with gigs throughout CA and one-offs in Florida and Nevada. They’ve already been confirmed for a couple of gigs in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA for early 2018 DavidNorrisLBDARoxy2-17-17 (24)as well as as a 4/19/17 show at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO with 311, Method Man Redman, Collie Buddz and Chali2na of Jurassic 5.

While the name Long Beach Dub Allstars is back, the same line-up is not. Bud Gaugh is not in the band as Marshall Goodman is now the drummer, which means no live DJ. Eric Wilson is still in Sublime with Rome, and has been replaced by another musical all-star in former Suburban Rhythm bassist Ed Kampwirth. Tim Wu returns with his sax flute as does Jack Maness on keys/vocals. Sitting opposite of Jack is another new addition and musical all-star in The Aggrolites keyboardist organist, Roger Rivas.

Ras-1, who was a big part of the original groups songwriting, is no longer active in the band. He has been replaced on guitar and vocals by Miguel Happoldt, although the group doesn’t perform much of Ras-1’s previous songs live — So if you were a big fan of songs like “Trailer Ras,” “It Ain’t Easy,” “Rosarito,” or even “Sunny Hours,” you’ll be disappointed in hearing those songs no longer being performed. Opie Ortiz, however, returns as the groups lead vocalist, performing the songs he originally sang in addition to newer material the group is slowly introducing. Opie was known for singing previous fan favorites such as “My Own Life,” “Listen To DJs,” “Lonely End,” “Luke,” and more.

While L.B.D.A. has returned with an evolving line-up, the group tells The Pier that any of the original members are welcome to join them at any time on stage as they hope for a healthy return from Ras-1. Bud Gaugh remains a wild-card on whether or not there’s any interest to rejoin in any capacity and Eric Wilson seems content performing with Sublime with Rome.

So What About New Music?

On October 2nd, 2017 Long Beach Dub Allstars released new music for the first time in 16 years with 2 new singles, “Holding Out” and “Steady Customer” as Marshall tells The Pier: “Roger wrote the body and riffs for ‘Steady Customer’ and the rest of us did our parts for the recording. I’m really looking forward to having Roger involved in this next batch of song writing. I’m certain we are going to come up with some exciting new angles to deliver our sound. ‘Holding Out’ is a standard that Miguel dug up and we gave it our interpretation.”

The group tells The Pier that as long as the music is well received and promoters continue to book them, then we can continue to look forward to new music and live performances. They plan to follow up these 2 new singles with more music as Marshall hints: “We’ve got lots of ideas for re-introducing the band’s catalogue and unreleased material.”
Today’s generation of reggae-rock fans may not fully understand how critical this group was to the reggae-rock genre following Sublime’s conclusion in 1996. They played at a time when social media was non-existent. Live-videos of their early performances are mostly of grainy VHS quality, while most live-photos shot by fans were with throw-away cameras. There was no Youtube, Facebook, and this was before Myspace or even iTunes. They were the torch bearers of a genre that Sublime introduced and the original ‘Dub Allstars lineup included most of the players who were involved in cultivating that Reggae-Rock sound with Brad Nowell. Seeing them reunite and perform new music after a 15 year absence is exciting. To see what these musical professors and legends from Long Beach engineer together in the studio will be even more thrilling. They have a new website, new merchandise and the group tells The Pier they’re keen on exploring vinyl releases with Marshall saying: “Vinyl is the best source for listening to recorded media… Putting a piece of vinyl on a turntable, placing the needle on the vinyl, adjusting the sound source, and allowing this finite act to take its course will revive the type of listeners that disappeared when MP3s, earbuds, and device screens took over.”

“We have been blessed to have the majority of our songs leave a positive impact on listeners and establish a firm fan base,” says Marshall. “I think they just expect more of what we’ve always done, which is to create music that is authentic and genuine to our experiences and perspectives.

It’s been 15 years since I’ve been able to proudly proclaim The Return of Long Beach Dub Allstars. Even when the group started to resurface in 2012, playing sparingly as L.B.D.A., the momentum didn’t feel as it does now that it appears that these Wonders of the World are comfortable moving forward with new music around a modern-day evolving line-up.

Listen: Long Beach Dub Allstars – “Holdin’ Out” “Steady Customer”


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Buffett appears on “A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg”

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A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg” is now available at Jimmy Buffett sings the song “There’s A Place In The World For A Gambler”.

The project, which released Nov. 21 after nearly eight years in the making, includes a star-studded lineup featuring Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Joe Walsh and the Eagles, Michael McDonald, Train, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Boz Scaggs, Casey James, Dobie Gray, Donna Summer, Fool’s Gold’s Denny Henson and Tom Kelly, Randy Owen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Richie Furay.

Sales from the album will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a cause near and dear to Dan’s wife, Jean Fogelberg. In 2008, a year after Fogelberg passed away from prostate cancer, Jean released “Sometimes A Song,” a Valentine’s Day gift to her from Dan, and donated the proceeds to PCF. Each year since then she has designed the annual PCF Holiday Cards to help raise money and awareness for the cause.

“I will be forever grateful to these amazing artists for giving their time and talents to honor Dan and to help fund the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s research programs to find a cure for prostate cancer,” said Jean Fogelberg about the new album.


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Congress is About to Vote on Offshore Drilling Bill

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Whether you care about the Arctic, marine mammals, seabirds or endangered sea life—a piece of legislation is moving through Congress that would threaten them all. We can’t let this happen.

The House of Representatives is about to vote on H.R.4239, a bill that would weaken ocean protections and intentionally pave the way for offshore oil and gas drilling.

Please join us in speaking on behalf of the ocean—take action and tell your Member of Congress to vote NO on H.R.4239.

This legislation is a direct attack against America’s most important conservation laws. For example, it would:

  • Put the Arctic Ocean at higher risk for oil spills by canceling common-sense Arctic drilling safety and spill prevention rules.
  • Weaken protections for marine mammals by gutting the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Put endangered ocean species at risk by overriding the Endangered Species Act.
  • Gut our most effective bird conservation law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  • Permanently ban the creation of any new protected ocean areas under the Antiquities Act.
  • Eliminate existing protections from leasing and drilling in certain areas of the ocean and prevent future presidents from protecting new areas.
  • Create loopholes to avoid environmental review.

These rules are common-sense safeguards designed to keep our ocean, coasts and coastal communities safe and healthy.

Please take action today—your Member of Congress needs to vote NO on H.R.4239.

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