Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at The WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park.

April 3 – Roots Underground

Revolution reggae music – edgy, raw, natural, roots… They are Rootz Underground. That is their sound.

Many influences have borne their ‘rootz’, including their homeland Jamaica – birthplace of Rastafari and other radical movements, JAH – creator of all things, family, the earth in all its glory, the revolutionary 70’s, Dub and Roots Reggae music.

The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, whose lives had crossed paths sometime or another from childhood, linked their individual musical talents in search of forming one solid unit. The Rootz Underground revolution emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances and conscious lyrics.

April 11 – The Skatalites
In Jamaica in the mid-50’s, a fledgling recording industry saw the birth of what became known as Ska. Created by fusing Boogie-Woogie Blues, R+B, Jazz, Mento, Calypso and African rythyms, Ska became the first truly Jamaican music and by the 60’s all the vocalist were swarming to the studios to record their songs to this infectious new beat. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe are just a few of the names who came to record this new music, which coincided with the whole island’s excitement about Jamaica’s independence in 1962. The core musicians playing on most of these sessions saw the opportunity to play this music live to the public.Tommy McCook, Rolando Alphonso, Johnny Moore, Lester Sterling, Don Drummond, Lloyd Knibb, Lloyd Brevett, Jerry Haynes, and Jackie Mittoo began working together in 1963 and formed The Ska-talites in May 1964.
April 22 – Earthday Celebration with Tristan Palmer and Little John
A day in the Park with Tristan Palmer, Little, Maiz, Piracy and more. FREE!!!!

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