Returning to the rain-drenched fields of the Queen Mary Events Park for Day Two of the One Love Cali Reggae Festival, fans watched as Analea Brown kicked off the day on the SMKFLWR Stage, while The Holdup set off the KOI CBD Stage for another day of roots, rock and reggae. Up next on the side stage were local boys Ital Vibes keeping the fans moving, while Tomorrows Bad Seeds kept them rocking at the KOI CBD Stage.
Two days down and one epic day to go…
Philly man Mike Pinto returned again this year to play the SMKFLWR Side Stage, bringing his unique horn-centric ska, punk rock-reggae sound. On the KOI CBD Main Stage, Huntington Beach Pacific Dub boys kept the crowds going in the cold. The Expanders brought their classic 70’s and early 80’s reggae sounds to the SMKFLWR Stage as South Carolina based reggae-rock band The Movement took to the main stage midday.
The high-energy antics of the Mad Caddies riled up festivalgoers over on the SMKFLWR Stage while Matisyahu’s booming bass could be heard echoing out from the KOI CBD Stage, a bass that left your vision blurry and ears ringing. After reggae legend and dub music pioneer Lee Scratch Perry entertained the crowd, four-time One Love performers and fan favorites, Fortunate Youth, brought the crowds in droves to the KOI CBD Stage.
Continuing with the theme of reggae legends, Yellowman performed on the SMKFLWR Stage as east coast reggae-rock pioneers SOJA took to the main stage where the great Don Carlos joined them. Dispatch kept things hopping until the Dirty Heads turned the energy up to the next level. The ever-positive vibes of Pato Banton filled the air on the SMKFLWR Stage, while the distinct ska, punk, funk and soul sounds of Fishbone closed that stage down for the night. Closing out the KOI CBD Stage, Ocean Beach heroes Slightly Stoopid brought their reggae-rock sound to a packed crowd, as Don Carlos joined them. Two days down and one epic day to go, stay tuned for Day Three highlights coming soon!
Photography by Sean McCracken
Recap article by Jenni Lynne