Photos from an absolutely fantastic performance by Big Youth. He created such energy and conscious vibes. The band, featuring original Soul Syndicate members Fully Fullwood on bass, Tony Chin on guitar (and vocals), Keith Sterling (keyboards) as well as Karl Wright on drums and a youthful horn section, were beyond tight. Their opening set got the dance floor moving; their backing of Big Youth solidly in the groove. Fully Fullwood brings live music to Don the Beach Comber in Huntington Beach every Sunday, with legendary Jamaican artists frequently stopping in for special events. The cover charge helps support Reggae for a Reason, Fullwood’s non-profit organization that he created to help homeless and disadvantaged youth. This weekly event is all-ages with a family-friendly atmosphere.
David Orlando, otherwise known as music aficionado and DJ extraordinaire Boss Harmony, has revived his night of vintage international selections: Bamboo. After several years on hiatus, Orlando’s DJ night – featuring Jamaican, Latin, and African selections – has returned. Bamboo’s new location at Cha Cha Lounge in Silver Lake, with its mid-century Mexican aesthetics, is ideally suited for the night. Come listen to the atmospheric soundscape he creates at Bamboo every last Thursday of the month. Free, 21+, 10pm-2am, 2375 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.
Yesterday Viktor and I guest DJed at Casual Sundays, a new weekly DJ event at The Toadstool in South Gate. Great tunes from resident DJs Most Beloved One, Rasta Gari, and High Fidelity. A mix of soul, punk, garage, funk, glam, two-tone, and ska, rocksteady, and reggae. Something for everyone! Next week, July 3rd, will be a special Soul BBQ edition. Casual Sundays happens every Sunday from 1pm-7pm at The Toadstool: 10143 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, 90280.
This Friday, June 24th 2016, Trojan Lounge presents the 5th Annual Reggae Girls night, featuring all women DJs (including me!). This event is located at Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles. Doors at 9:30, 18+, $8 entry before 11 and $10 after. Trojan Lounge happens the last Friday of every month.
Sunday, June 19th was my first time guest DJing at the recently revived Ram Jam L.A. I joined Viktor, Elizabeth MixItUp, and Mr. E.N. behind the decks for a night of Jamaican music – from R&B/shuffle to roots – at a mid-century style bar in Highland Park. A fun and mellow night of good tunes and friendly faces. Resident selector DJ Lawless will return to next month’s installment on Sunday, July 17th. Ram Jam L.A. is every third Sunday from 8p.m. to 2a.m. at The Offbeat Bar, 6316 York Blvd. 90042. Free entry, 21+. Happy hour prices from 8p.m. to 9p.m.
I write this post with a heavy heart…the last Rocksteady Lounge will be this month on Sunday, December 27th. Not just the last of 2015, but the last for the foreseeable future. Terry Lee and Rocksteady Chris started RSL over 8 years ago. Viktor and I took over as resident DJs a couple years in, and Mr. EN has been carrying the torch for the lat couple years. Don’t miss the last dance. The end of an era.