Rebelution steals the show at One Love

By Maria Singh

Reggae music lovers gathered together for the One Love Cali Reggae Fest at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for a weekend jam-packed with some of the most well-known bands in the reggae industry.

Coordinated by the Orange County Observatory, the festival took place Feb. 10-12 and featured bands such as Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Iration and the leading band, Rebelution.

The three-day event provided festival-goers with a chance to grab pizza, beer and soyrizo tacos, in between sets.

Attendees were also able to snap pictures with loved ones from the beautiful view of The Queen Mary on the beach with the multiple lights which reflected off the shore.

But it was Rebelution that took the audience members by storm on Saturday night.

The band performed songs from their albums “Courage to Grow,” “Bright Side of Life” and “Peace of Mind.”

Audience members danced and sang along to their hit songs “Safe and Sound,” “De-Stress,” “Count Me In” and “Feeling Alright.”

As their set progressed, Rebelution threw fans into a frenzy when the songs “So High” and “Roots Reggae Music” started booming throughout the music grounds.

Rays of lights started displaying throughout the grass fields from the stage as the band manipulated its musical instruments to add a more dynamic element to their songs, and fans absolutely loved it.

As the last band performing, Rebelution ended the set with the crowd cheering and shouting for an encore.

After waiting several minutes to see whether they would oblige to the encore shouts and demands, Rebelution surprised the audience with one last song to end Saturday night at the One Love Cali Reggae Fest.

Made up of Eric Rachmany as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Rory Carey at the keyboards, Marley Williams at bass and Wesley Finley playing the drums, the band formed in Isla Vista, California in 2004.

Rebelution then found its success by playing at local venues and slowly built up its fan base to release a self-titled EP in 2006.

The band went on to continue its independent run from major record labels before signing on to Easy Star Records and 87 Music/Controlled Substance Sound label.

They attributed this decision for wanting to only produce “conscious” music for their fans, rather than making the most money they can.

Rebelution’s music is comprised of authentic deep Jamaican roots mixed with lyrics for a feel-good time while the audience enjoyed their freedom and legalization of Proposition 64.

All of these elements added up to a good time at the One Love Cali Reggae Fest, as Saturday night headliner Rebelution did not disappoint live with their catchy tunes and lyrics.

One Love poster

Courtesy of Observatory Orange County

One Love poster

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