To commemorate what would have been Bradley Nowell’s 50th birthday, his family, and close friends organized charity events in Long Beach, Orange County, and San Diego. Proceeds from the events were given to the Nowell Family Foundation for Bradley’s House, a six bed recovery facility that will provide treatment for men in the music industry with opiate addiction.

On last week’s edition of Ska Parade host Tazy Phyllipz dedicated the show to his longtime friend Nowell. He discussed at length their friendship, which was a catalyst to Sublime’s phenomenal success, and his meaningful experiences at Nowell‘s 50th birthday celebrations.  

In addition to playing rare tracks and Sublime covers by The Ziggens, Reel Big Fish, Beebs, and Jakob Nowell, host Phyllipz also included interviews with Bert Susanka of the Ziggens and Todd ‘Z-Man’ Zalkins  filmmaker, author, interventionist, and Co-founder of the Nowell Family Foundation.

If you missed the tribute show at Ska Parade‘s regular Sunday night time slot on Dirty Radio you can still catch the re-airing of this special extended episode. To get three hours of thoughtful dialogue and first hand stories about Nowell from the people he inspired and was inspired by, tune in on Wednesday from 2 to 5 pm PST by installing the Dirty Radio app or listen live online at

About Ska Parade: Hosted by ‘Skafather; Tazy Phyllipz Ska Parade is Southern California’s longest running weekly radio show dedicated to Ska. Throughout the show’s 25 year history Phyllipz was first to air now legendary third wave ska artists Sublime, No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, Maroon 5, Save Ferris, and many more. The show airs on the app based service Dirty Radio FM on Sundays 8 to 10 PST and re-airs on Wednesdays from 2 – 4 pm PST. Visit the show’s website Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @SkaParade and @SkaParade1 on Twitter 

To stay up to date on Sublime news and commemorative merchandise visit the band’s official website and


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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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