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Success! The 33rd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends

The 33rd annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends festival is back at the San Diego Sports Arena aka the Valley View Casino Center. The festival is formerly known as “Bob Marley Day”, although now the festival name and venue have been changed. One thing is for sure, this year’s lineup made Reggae History. This festival has highlighted some of the most sensational reggae acts to date with it’s past lineups bringing big names like Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Peter Tosh. This year featured a mixture of local talent and international stars. Tribute to the Legends 2014 honored an amazing lineup of reggae revival artists, local stars, and old favorites as we paid homage to the artists of the past.

The festival’s thirty-three year run in San Diego still makes it the largest Reggae event in San Diego.  Of course, the event is still organized by Makeda Makossa and the World Beat Center, who ensure the festival’s consistent success. The unique vibe and atmosphere of this event is unmatched. The festivals performances were set on a revolving stage, which minimized waiting between sets. RollinSD has covered the event for four years now, and it has always been a pleasure working with Makeda and her team. In all my years working with the World Beat Center, everything has always been handled promptly and professionally- usually with a smile. At the show, we got some great photos of the event along with video footage of performances and interviews with a few of the artists. RollinSD was lucky enough to catch up with Jah9, Protoje and Alborosie.  All of this was possible through the great coordination of management of artists and Makeda’s wonderful crew backstage. Read more





For Immediate Release (San Diego, CA):  February 12, 2014 – The 33rd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival 2014 has added the legendary Jamaican Reggae band, Third World, to this year’s festival to be held at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA on Monday, February 17, 2014.  Third World will be paying a special tribute to their late lead singer and co-founding member, William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, who passed away after a battle with cancer this past week on February 2nd.  Bunny Rugs was widely known to have one of the greatest singing voices in Reggae music and been a pioneer with his work with the band and as a solo artist over the past four decades.

Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival, formerly known as Bob Marley Day, has been an annual event in San Diego now in its 33rd year. The Annual Festival is one of Southern California’s largest Reggae events with this year’s line-up including Third World, Don Carlos, Sly and Robbie, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Horace Andy, Alborosie, Midnite, Dezarie, Bitty McLean, Tribal Seeds, Protoje, Jah9, Sister Nancy, Willi Williams, Piracy, Alika with Quinto Sol and more.  WorldBeat Productions has been the spearhead for bringing Reggae music’s top acts to San Diego with artists like Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, and the brightest stars from Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Festival Founder Makeda Dread was a personal friend of Bob Marley and after he passed in 1981, Makeda created a tribute to Bob Marley Festival. The first Bob Marley Day was held at the International Blend on 30th Street and then moved the following years to various venues as the festival grew. Over the years, the event’s popularity increased and so WorldBeat Productions teamed up with Moss Jacobs, who brought his expertise and professionalism to bring the event to large capacity venues such as the San Diego Concourse (Golden Hall) and California Theatre. After reaching its capacity in these venues it was time to bring the team’s hugely successful Bob Marley Day festival to the San Diego Sports Arena. After consistently selling out capacity shows for over 10 years, Bob Marley Day transformed into what it is now known as, Tribute to the Reggae Legends, in honor of all the great reggae artists that have passed throughout the years.

This year WorldBeat Productions has created the “Reggae Legends Hall of Fame” which is to be housed inside WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. This Hall of Fame will honor the legacy of the Artists who are the Foundation of the Reggae Movement and are past and present without proper recognition. Read more

Errol Bonnick-Reggae Artist

When you first meet Errol Bonnick, you will very quickly experience and notice that he has a very spiritual persona and presence that fills the room, whilst radiating peace, love and serenity, not to mention the fact that he is oozing with confidence and charisma. It is so easy to allow yourself to bask in the calming, reassurance of his presence and truth.
Errol’s young looks betray his wisdom and mature, rich, sultry sounds that penetrate the very essence of your being. The more you listen to his music, the more you get totally absorbed in the music and the person as you allow Errol to take you on your journey of self discovery with his unique sounds and the way he easily and Read more

Tribute To The Legends 2013

The Tribute to the Legends festival is right around the corner. The beginning of the year is here and that means that the San Diego rainy day blues are about to be chased away by the sounds of sweet reggae music. The new home for the festival has been a great transition from the Sports Arena, where it has been held years past. The pavilion features a large hanger for the main stage, with lots of floor space. There are ramps that lead to balconies along the side of the auditorium that overlook the main stage. The large hangar can also accommodate a large amount of vendors, which feature an array of reggae and Rastafari culture products. Stone brewery sponsored the beer garden last year and will return this year to host the outdoor drinking area.

Say what you want to say, but this venue is a top choice in San Diego. With the closing of 4th and B and the fear of rain this time of year, the cruise ship terminal gives concert-goers a dry, spacious indoor venue to watch the headliners.  This year, the amazing line-up includes international sensations like Don Carlos, Luciano, Warrior King, Martin Read more

Southern California World Music Festival

The Southern California World Music Festival will be making its debut in San Diego this month. This extraordinary event will take place at the Four Points Sheraton on July 28th and 29. Located at 8110 Aero Drive, this Sheraton is in a central part of San Diego that is easily accessible from anywhere in the county. This event will feature two days and two stages of amazing Reggae and World music acts. You can’t beat this ticket price, especially considering all the booked talent.  After the event, there will be an after party with the Tribe of Kings at the Office. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to socialize with the same artists you saw perform earlier that day! This festival is an all ages event, so avid reggae lovers can bring the whole family. An amazing weekend of great music couldn’t be possible without sponsors. Check out these sponsors at the festival: TWINE Hempwear, Green Dream Music Management, Trini-West Records, Irie Nation, Tru Reelz, Irie Lion Entertainment, 420 Nurses, Freedom Fighters Clothing, HUGO’S Ice Cream, and Royal Emperor Sound.  The local talent, as well as the headliners, are all ideal choices for this festival. Personally,  I am excited to  check out local talent  Piracy Conspiracy and Jam Kwest on Saturday. This festival is sure to be an entertaining show for old and young souls alike.

Saturday’s lineup is as follows:


11:30PM…………….Sister Nancy
9:00PM……………..Todo Mundo
8:00PM……………..Shocks of Mighty
7:00PM……………..New Shoes Old Socks
6:00PM……………..Maka & The I Sight Band
5:00PM……………..Indica Roots
4:00PM……………..Arden Park Roots


Identity Festival 2012

Identity is returning for another day of debauchery on August 18, 2012 at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. The main stage will be accompanied by a RockStar stage to ensure there will be music playing at all times. Sponsored by iHome, Rockstar, Bed Head, Jagermeister, and Miller Genuine Draft, this event has definitely grown in size since last year’s debut.

This year, LED has booked artists such as Eric Prydz, Excision, Porter Robinson, Paul van Dyk, Hardwell, Showtek, Le Castle Vania, and many more. If you are a house music lover or just love to see half naked chicks bouncing t o the beat, this event won’t disappoint. The all-day, all ages festival starts at 2pm and ends at 11pm. Last year, the energy was palpable as hordes of music lovers poured into the venue to stake out a meeting spot on the grass.

This year they will be allowing one sealed water bottle per person, as well as an empty re-usable water bottle to prevent dehydration;  a smart move for an all-day festival in Chula Vista. People who love to do lightshows for their fellow ravers can bring LED gloves, glowsticks, and hula hoops, as well as a small backpack. There are also non-professional cameras allowed to document the  costumes and scantily clad Read more

Andre Nickatina House of Blues May 23rd

 May 23rd at House of Blues Downtown, Andre Nickatina will be performing! Originally Andre Adams, this American rapper from San Francisco is famous for his sharp stage presence as one of the last Legends of the Bay Area. This is not a show you want to miss. Nickatina is known for songs like “Ayo for Yayo” and “Smoke Dope and Rap”. With heavy bass that brings the classic hip-hop from around the block  back but keeps it fresh with a unique voice that commands like an MC should. Fun and funky lyrics that make you laugh and make you think. Nickatina’s subject matter covers everything from gang violence to the American drug culture. His unique spin on the hip-hop culture has brought something new to the table and ensures a good show. Nickatina’s song’s are easy to listen to yet still hold loyal to being music of the streets. Anyone can enjoy. This show is going to be a great way to make the middle of your week bearable again. Rockhill Studios and Mr. Jihaan Barbat have done it again with another great show. Buy your tickets today at   ~Tom Searcy

Seedless 420 Party

Seedless annual 420 party was an awesome celebration of a day centered around understanding. The theme this year was diversity in music. The show featured a night of music from Hip-Hop kings the Living Legends. Reggae sensation Johnny Osbourne was also featured. The night was broken up with DJ sets of roots music. 6Blocc Deejayed Dub-Step sound to continue the diversity. The opener’s for the night were a sound all of their own out of Atlanta. Fountainhead opened the show for the 12th annual party. This event was put together by Seedless and Rockhill. Thanks to Mr. Jihaan Barbat for coordinating, promoting, booking, and “all-arounding” this event. Mr. Barbat has put together many awesome shows in this town and he is definitely a San Diegan to know.  Jihaan brought us Snoop Dogg for 420 last year. He also put together the Don Carlos and Junior Reid firehouse reunion show. Quality musicians that people really want to see. Only your friends at Rock Hill and Seedless could put together something this epic for 4/20/2012.

The House of Blues was Seedless’d out in banners and green logo lights. Read more

Thirsty Thursday Song Of The Day By Janeiro

Thirsty Thursday with Janeiro- The weekend starts today!!! I chose KANYE WEST & JAY-Z to start us off this weekend, the WATCH THE THRONE album has had some many bangers on it, and especially this one.  HAM is the name of this song. This weekend I will be going HAM…as usual!! Look for me this tonight downtown at VOYUER with my boy CHARLES LEE, we will be doing a shoot with SHARLA KNIGHT!! Come party all night with us, Mention, and I will introduce you to SHARLA, and buy you a drink!! Requests come to
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Wayback Wednesday Song Of The Day By Janeiro

Wayback Wednesday With Janeiro- Today I chose MOTLEY CRUE’S classic party song GIRLS, GILRS, GIRLS! This song is from 1987..the era of true hair bands! This is a real blast from the past, happy hump day guys, hope this classic track gets you through the rest of your week! We all know that JANEIRO loves GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS!!!! SHOUT out to NICK for the song request! Look for me tonight at EFFINS pub, as always, come out and party with me, mention the world’s best website, and I’ll buy you a drink!! Song requests come to


Janeiro’s Fresh Friday Song Of The Day

Fresh Friday-The way I want us to finish up our work week is thinking about MONEY!! This song is a remix, but it completely out does the original. This song is a request from a loyal fan, Cam, this goes out to you playboy!! Have a great weekend guys, I will catch you Monday with the more of the songs that you guys want to hear..As always you know how to reach me for song requests



Fired Up Friday With Janeiro

This week I decided to mix it up a little bit, and put a classic party jam for my Friday choice for song of the day…This is the way to start your weekend off. We will be partying like rock stars tonight! Come down and say hi to some of San Diego’s hottest girls, and guys…The party starts at 9, and goes until 2am. Join Justin Sampas, Delilah Wolf, Parris Harris,, and yours truly Janeiro for an amazing night! Come say hello, mention RollinSd, and get a shot from me… This is how we do it…See you guys Monday, Send me your song requests to!