February 19, 1990 |
The Itals stood conventional roots reggae wisdom on its head during an hourlong performance at the Music Machine on Friday. Reggae is often criticized for being too laid back, but the Jamaican vocal trio's harmonizing was more edgy and shrill than the smooth, rounded singing offered by, say, the Mighty Diamonds. The difference was exciting at first but gradually became grating, but the Itals made a dramatic comeback during an encore that lasted as long as the set proper.
February 25, 1991 |
There was no doubt which door to enter at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday: The 10th annual Bob Marley Day concert easily beat out the 16th annual Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Industry Trade Show. With the arena scaled to 10,000 capacity in its first year as a two-day event, the program sold out Saturday and was 90% sold out for Sunday.
July 14, 1986 |
For longtime reggae fans, the appearance of Bunny Wailer at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday held historical significance--this was the first-ever solo concert outside Jamaica by the singer who, along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, was a founding member of the ground-breaking group the Wailers. His three-hour performance proved worth the wait, as Wailer affirmed his place as one of the field's all-time greats.
February 21, 2006 |
And a child shall lead them? A biblical citation seems doubly appropriate when approaching Matisyahu's landmark performance at Sunday's Ragga Muffins Festival at the Long Beach Arena, where the 26-year-old Hasidic Jewish reggae phenomenon from White Plains, N.Y., walked among the graybeard giants of Jamaica's Rastafarian world and pretty much knocked everybody dead. It's a foregone conclusion that Matisyahu is primed to become a rare reggae artist with a mainstream rock following.
April 24, 1988 |
Summer has always been the best season for local clubs, but this year may be a washout for many club-goers if the situation at Osko's Disco on the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills border doesn't clear up. Osko's four rooms are home to five rotating clubs, ranging in style from hard rock to hard funk, trash-glam and glitter to urban underground and dance-hall reggae.