Between The Long Beach New Blues Festival and Buskerfest our city is full of live music this weekend. In case it has slipped past your radar all of you island music lovers will be happy to know that Reggae is also alive and kicking here this weekend. 

Shoreline Jam at the Queen Mary will host two full days of live music with world class artists from Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Tonga. The bill is also LOADED with local So-Cal favorites Brewfish, Tenelle, True Press, Fortunate Youth, Stick Figure, Tribal Theory, Seedless, The Grouch & Eligh and Tomorrows Bad Seeds. 

Tearing up the stage on Saturday will be local band made good Common Kings. For years there hasn’t been a venue or reggae event large enough to host these guys in Long Beach. Hot off of their tours with Fifth Harmony and Justin Timberlake their homecoming will be something to remember. Although they are credited as being an Orange County band, they began their career and helped to establish the Poly-Reggae scene in small Long Beach venues like the The Mai Tai Bar, Cohibas, The Valult 350 and the Rhythm Lounge (R.I.P. to all of those venues). Plus they live in Long Beach and their family ties run deep here so we can legitimately claim them if we want to. 

Headlining Saturday will be the incomparable Matisyahu. On the face of it a fusion of Reegae, Beatbox, Dancehall, Scatting, Rap, Ska, Punk and Judaism might not make sense, but some how all of those things come together in one juggernaut of an artist. You have to experience him live to take it all in. Don’t sleep on this one. 

The promoters of Shorline Jam are really smart to pack Sunday’s lineup with enough incredible entertainment to make you HAVE to get a weekend pass to enjoy both days. 

The beautiful Anuhea (or Anuheake’alaokalokelani if you’re nasty) will be gracing the stage with her gorgeous blend of folk and Hawaiian music. 

If you didn’t make it out for The Climax Tour you are lucky to get a second chance to see Australia’s Sammy J and local songstress Tenelle. They will show you why their vocals and songwriting skills are worth the price of a second day ticket. 

Also on the lineup is the Roots–Reggae–Dub band Stick Figure. Trust us, you will want to be able to say “I saw Scott Woodruff when…” Innovation, musicality, lyrical depth and some Dub. You can’t lose. 

If you want some straight up Reggae Dance Hall get your fix with Barrington Levy. If you are a longtime Reggae afficianado and still have Reggae Sunsplash on VHS this is your chance to relive the glory days and catch up with Levy’s new songs off of AcousticaLevy to see why he is still relevant and showing the youngsters what’s up. 

Tying an entire weekend of Reggae, and all of its subgenres, together on Sunday will be the grand finale – chart topping – iTunes Reggae Album of the Year – The GREEN. Look out for The Green to pack their set with special guest appearances. 

Enjoy Long Beach! Do your thing!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Queen Mary’s website

The Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park is located at 1126 Queens Highway

Last thing… almost forgot.. If you still have some party left in you on this holiday weekend, and are willing to travel 17 miles out of Long Beach, the Shoreline Jam after party hosted by The BBQ Show and Lip Service’s Myz Lulu will be held at The Boogie on the Redondo Beach Pier. Their Grand Opening this weekend will feature live music and Djs from 4pm to 2 am. It’s also Happy Hour the entire holiday weekend so go get some more happy in you. 


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Jewell Faamaligi

Jewell Faamaligi is an arts and culture activist affiliated with several nonprofit organizations in Long Beach. She also serves as the Downtown Council Area Representative for the Long Beach Music Council.

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