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.
An expectant crowd trickled in to the venue. The energy and atmosphere was positive and intent on a good time. This is what 4/20 is all about. Unity with others. I have seen many shows at the House of Blues and many different groups of people have come through there. The Seedless
The Living Legends is a self made and self preserved hip-hop crew from Los Angeles and Oakland. The Living Legends have played shows in Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia. They have continued releasing solo projects and now have a collection of over 50 full-length albums and numerous singles. All of their achievement happened without the help of radio or television play.
The energy they bring is ridiculous. Backed by DJ Fresh, this group of MC’s brings a hard-hitting set of lyrics and flows to their sets . All talents of the group have a different delivery of their rhymes. Composed of 8 members including LuckyIAm, Scarub, Eligh, MURS, Grouch, Bicasso, Sunspot Jonz, and Aesop, this group has made their permanent spot in the world of Hip Hop with hard work and keeping it real. The show in San Diego featured many of their hits including a mind-blowing version of their hit “Never Falling Down”.
Roots reggae legend Johnny Osbourne pulled the groove in a different direction with his set of roots music backed by San Diego locals Roots Covenant. Roots Covenant played a grooving set. Johnny Osbourne is best known for his hits “water pumping” and “ice cream love”.
This rock steady era legend played a set of consciousness inspiring tunes that brought a mellow vibe to the evening. A great way to set up the headliners, the Living Legends. Johnny’s age means nothing for his performance. His lively and rhythm drivin’ set moved along fluidly. Johnny’s performance was also supported by the Seedless girls who danced on stage. The girls show up to many Seedless events dressed in Seedless gear. Osbourne’s set was a great collaboration of classic roots artistry and new-age rub a dub musicians. Roots Covenant killed it!
This event was all around night of good vibes, good music, and a good mix. The blending of musical genre’s is always a risky concert move but was incredibly well played by Seedless. The purpose of this day is to unite of the common love of cannabis. The incredible impact the plant marijuana has made on American culture cannot be denied. The Declaration of Independence was prepared on hemp papers. The fore fathers wrote about smoking. United States presidents have admitted to smoking it. The day 4/20 commemorates the togetherness throughout the years marijuana has brought the masses. The annual Seedless party keeps with this tradition by putting a crucial party together for the people. House of Blues downtown was the clear choice for this show, a large, two story venue with accessible bars and views of the stage.
I’ve covered many shows at the House of Blues downtown and nothing has ever disappointed. I never feel overcrowded in this venue. The sound guys are on it at this venue, great sound with no drop offs or squeaky mic’s. Thank you Seedless and Rockhill for keeping it real in Daygo. And special thanks to Jihaan Barbat, events like this could not happen without the hard work of individuals like you. I can’t wait for next year! ~Tom Searcy