San Diego is home to a surplus of talented residents, and more than a handful happen to be in big name reggae bands. From hole-in-the-wall gigs to headlining acts, sunny Southern California is the place to find musicians spreading good vibes at the beach by day and… pretty much anywhere after the sun sets. So, what better place to throw a brand new festival than smack dab in the middle of San Diego, one of the nation’s biggest cultural hot spots?
President’s Day 2018 is going down FOR REAL.
Valley View Casino Center, current home of the San Diego Gulls, is centrally located within the city in this majestic place locals know as Point Loma. Barren if it weren’t for businesses, the Sports Arena area proffers an easy in and out by car, which allows the amphitheater to regularly host top acts in between hockey games. With names ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers all the way to Justin Bieber, the Valley View Casino Center stage has hosted the best of the best. For years now, reggae-loving San Diegans count down to the venue's tribute to the late, great Bob Marley every February; well, this year is going down a little different.
Hometown reggae heroes Tribal Seeds are taking the reigns, teaming up with the Valley View crew and friends at the Belly Up to present the first (and hopefully annual) Boomshaka Festival: a full day of reggae-loving, riddim-dancing, rastafari-reveling with the top bands in the business this upcoming February 19th. That’s right, President’s Day 2018 is going down FOR REAL. The Tribal Seeds boys aren’t just throwing a party – they’re co-headlining it with Stick Figure! If that’s not a party already, wait until you hear who else is performing: the original Wailers, Don Carlos, HIRIE, The Expanders, Aloha Radio, and Tribe of Kings with SD-local DJ Carlos Culture spinning in between sets. There’s virtually no way anyone is sitting still at this one!
Music aside, the Boomshaka family also promises to deliver a unique Valley View experience to festy-goers than the usual hot dog and merch booth routine. Along the venue concourse will be booths featuring handmade and one-of-a-kind artisan items, giving the indoor amphitheater a more ‘vendor village’ feel. And, speaking of different experiences, there are three ticket tiers for the event, ranging from VIP to general admission. A VIP pass includes an exclusive “All Star” acoustic performance, preferred front of stage viewing, VIP lounge access with private bathrooms, early entry, and, of course, that signed shwag everyone wants (a 2018 Boomshaka poster and laminate). If you want the view without paying a bougee buck for it, opt for the Gold Circle Access Pass option. Boomshaka 2018 is an all-ages event and tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.boomshakafest.com.