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The Expanders; Credit: Josue Rivas

Not Even a Broken Leg Can Slow Down Roots-Reggae Stars The Expanders

This has proved to be a monumental year for Los Angeles’ roots-reggae maestros, The Expanders. Not only have they remained busy year round through touring and playing multiple headlining shows up and down the West Coast, but the band also released their highly anticipated third studio album back on June......
Thrive performs at sunset during the 2014 Summer Meltdown; Credit: Josué Rivas

Summer Meltdown Mixes Music and Art for Autism Awareness

It seems like every year, more and more reggae music festivals sprout up all over the country, especially in California. However, for the last 11 years and counting, the Yes I Can Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Art and Music Festival, held at the Santa Clarita Skate Park, has set itself......
Fortunate Youth headlines The Observatory with a fan-friendly $5 show; Credit: Matt Corkill

Fortunate Youth Want to Unite the World Through Reggae

Out of Los Angeles comes a group of five friends whose mission to spread a positive influence through the power of reggae music has earned them the right to help represent California reggae across the globe. Formed in 2009, Fortunate Youth has continued to evolve as a band while keeping......
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Craft Beer Goes Reggae at I & I Brewing in Chino

In an age when craft breweries seem to be popping up in every other city throughout Southern California, there are few that attempt to be original beyond just their beer. However, I & I Brewing in the city of Chino is a small batch brewery that has perfected tasty recipes......
The Expanders

Three Bands Lead the Rise of Roots-Reggae in L.A.

At a time when most Americans have been exposed to a more pop-influenced style of reggae music, it’s important to remind newer reggae fans about the genre’s roots. Imagine an underground movement whose leaders and followers have been dedicated to the preservation of Jamaican reggae and its message for decades,......
Support Local Reggae at the Puente Hills Mall.; Credit: Photo by David Garcia

Now You Can Go to the Mall to Get Your Reggae Fix

Very rarely does someone go to the mall expecting to hear live reggae music. However, Vince Peña of Cali Vibes Clothing hopes to change that for anyone who comes shopping at the Puente Hills Mall. Located in the City of Industry, Peña opened Support Local Reggae back in mid-November as......
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