On today’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket” a preview of this coming Saturday’s Hello World! 2015 concert / mini-festival in Isla Vista’s Anisq’Oyo’ Park with dub music legend Scientist, from Kingston, Jamaica, Los Angeles’ 12-piece “dusty reggae soul” combo The Lions, and Santa Barbara’s own Cornerstone, a seven-piece group that fuses roots reggae with a conscious California vibe.
Producer / host Ted Coe will share a playlist of music that gives context to the origins of Jamaican sound system culture and dub, the art of the largely instrumental remix. The program will feature tracks by Scientist, aka Hopeton Overton Brown, his mentor from the 1970s, King Tubby, the Jamaican band The Wailers, diverse tunes from The Lions’ three full-length LPs (including the popular hip-hop and electronic-music label Stones Throw Records), plus Hepcat, the legendary LA group that provides two vocalists to The Lions’ sprawling lineup, including Alex Désert, who co-starred in the 1996 hit indie comedy Swingers.
Finally, along with Cornerstone, the hourlong set from 11am-12noon PDT will also shine a spotlight on Santa Barbara County’s vibrant reggae and ska history, with an early cover of The Specials by The Upbeat and a Chicago band The Adjusters, which likewise has ties to the sleepy seaside village of Carpinteria. We’ll hear briefly from Jamaican reggae giant Jimmy Cliff, and reflect on the impact of Santa Barbara musicians with roots in the rock-steady group Dynamic Pressure. This includes local singer Dylan Judah, who has experienced success overseas in Jamaica.
Judah will add vocals to the Scientist’s live dub mix during Hello World! 2’s headlining set (at around 5pm) this coming Saturday, October 10th, along with fellow toasters AzulQ (Azul Quetzal, from Los Angeles) and Jamaican vocalist General Jah Mikey. KCSB DJs will kick off the proceedings at 1:30, with Cornerstone taking the stage at 2pm. The Lions are expected to perform at about 330pm.
UPDATE (10/06) – A Post-Show Playlist Can Be Found HERE!