Last October, KCSB-FM, Santa Barbara’s freeform, independent, noncommercial radio station, co-hosted the first-ever Hello World! event, an Isla Vista welcome-back concert with a “World Music” emphasis. On Saturday, October 10th, the first daytime incarnation of this mini-festival in Anisq’ ’Oyo Park will showcase Caribbean sounds, presenting Jamaican dub legend Scientist, Los Angeles reggae-soul group The Lions, local roots favorites Cornerstone, and KCSB DJs, between 1-7pm.
From Kingston, Scientist (aka Hopeton Overton Brown) is a pioneer in the development of the art of the remix. A prodigy in his teens in the mid-1970s and a protege of legendary producer/remixer King Tubby, Scientist has an extensive discography, and ties to Channel One Studios and Tuff Gong Records. Now based in Los Angeles, he will mix a live dub set that features toasting by fellow Jamaican General Jah Mikey (the “Lyrical Ambassador”), Latina vocalist Azul Quetzal (AzulQ), and Dylan Judah (of Black Judah and a Santa Barbara resident).
Preceding this act will be The Lions, an LA group that has been uniting a dozen elite reggae and soul forerunners since 2007. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Désert, form half of the vocal team. The other half features the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and emcee stylings of Black Shakespeare, cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame). The Lions also include guitarist Dan Ubick, formerly of Breakestra and De La Soul, Macy Gray co-writer/collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, and musicians who have played with Barrington Levy, Beck, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane, and Black Eyed Peas.
The day’s opening performance will be courtesy of the seven-piece group Cornerstone, an all-star lineup of Santa Barbara musicians who blend dancehall, dub, ska, and conscious reggae. They have shared the stage with Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Toots and the Maytals, and Don Carlos.
Conceived to promote unity, global perspectives, and safe entertainment outlets within the beachside community, the inaugural Hello World! event was a resounding success. In the wake of its hit collaboration with UCSB’s MultiCultural Center, KCSB decided to forge Hello World! into an annual tradition.
KCSB-FM’s live music events reflect its diverse radio programming. For decades, KCSB-FM has been a bastion for the music of the African diaspora. Veteran KCSB DJs such as Winston “The Cool Ruler” Bartley (also of KJEE-FM) and Mike K, and newer programmers such as DJ Sam “Steeze” G, Alla Rocka, and Tami 2 Tone, will play recorded music between the live sets.
Plans for this Hello World! are more ambitious than the first. The Isla Vista Food Co-op (a new event partner) will be expanding the day’s festivities to the front of their store, providing a satellite location nearby for food and vendors. These pillars of the local community bridge the largely student populations of IV and UCSB and the greater Santa Barbara community. They will be joining forces with other event supporters, such as Lucidity Festivals, LLC, UCSB’s Isla Vista Arts, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), MultiCultural Center, Associated Students Community Affairs Board, AS Finance & Business Committee, AS Program Board, and more to come. In the spirit of inclusiveness, Hello World! 2015 will again be completely free and open to the public.