Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper and Gary Clark Jr. Wrap BeachLife Fest 2021 with Love

Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper and Gary Clark Jr. Wrap BeachLife Fest 2021 with Love
September 14, 2021
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Gary Clark Jr among the BeachLife Festival Sunday performers – Photo © 2021 Luis Moreno


















Photos by LUIS MORENO

Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley performed the songs of their legendary father, Bob Marley, and Ben Harper and Gary Clark Jr. captivated the thousands of fans to wrap BeachLife Festival 2021 in Redondo Beach.

The weekend of music, which had kicked off with Jane’s Addiction and Cage The Elephant on Friday and hosted Fitz and the Tantrums, The Wallflowers and Counting Crows on Saturday, finished successfully Sunday with good vibes all around.

After the devastating year of lockdowns and social isolation, BeachLife Festival marked more than a celebration of music. It was a massive Southern California get-together that people longed for. BeachLife Festival 2021 delivered more than music, the South Bay festival brought out the real California Love and ended the summer of 2021 on a high note.

Check out our coverage of the BeachLife Fest weekend and great photos by California Rocker Photo Editor Luis Moreno here:

All photos © 2021 Luis Moreno

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Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley

Portugal. The Man

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By DAN MACINTOSH

Counting Crows gave the best performance of the weekend at BeachLife Festival 2021.

“Triumphant” is the only word that fits this fully satisfying Crows appearance. Even though lead singer Adam Duritz looks more like sports radio personality Petros Papadakis than the white dude with faux dreadlocks from back during the act’s heyday, he was fully engaged and loving every minute of his appearance Saturday night. 

The group’s set began with a thoughtful rendition of “Round Here,” and ended with a joyous, crowd-assisted singing of “Rain King.” Duritz commented that he was extremely happy, after 30 years, to have folks still coming out to see them. With performances like this one, it’s easy to see why Counting Crows music is still extremely relevant.

Counting Crows rocked BeachLife- Photo © 2021 Luis Moreno

The 3-Day BeachLife Festival concluded Sunday with a set by Ziggy and Stephen Marley performing the songs of their iconic father, Bob Marley. This festival added up to an eclectic mixture of musical variety that offered something for most every musical taste.

The pairing of these Marley brothers sure looked good on paper. Ziggy, for one, looks and sounds just like his famous dad, so it seemed like a certain artistic success. The results, however, were far less pleasing. It’s difficult to put a finger on why this concept failed, but one culprit was the lackluster performance from the siblings’ backing band. Sure, it felt good to sing along with “No Woman, No Cry,” but that was more out of love for than original song than loving what was being performed on stage. 

Fitz and the Tantrums – Photo © 2021 Luis Moreno.

The festival organizers are to be commended for keeping performance time conflicts to a minimum. The one exception was Gary Clark Jr. and Nicki Bluhm’s sets beginning at the exact same time. Clark gave a serious, and seriously compelling, performance of rock blues, exemplifying why he’s one of rock music’s best new artists, while Bluhm nicely mixed country twang with Memphis Stax soul.

Other festival highlights included Portugal. The Man’s collection of song performances, which included covers of no less than Nirvana, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie. Additionally, Ben Harper’s show suggested there just may not be a roots music style he hasn’t mastered wonderfully. He incorporated blues, reggae, soul and even a touch of classic rock sounds into a completely exemplary set. Another unexpected surprise was The Main Squeeze, which put on a fine display of admittedly derivative funk music. They did George Clinton proud during their afternoon slot. 

Wallflowers at BeachLife Fest – Photo © 2021 Luis Moreno

One big disappointment, however, was Men At Work’s Saturday show. In contrast to many of this festival’s other more visually appealing front man performances, over an hour of watching sole remaining member Colin Hay just stand statue-like, just got boring fast.

Although it did get a tad chilly on Sunday night, the weather was beautiful throughout. It also didn’t hurt that one vender was giving away free ice cream during the hotter parts of the day. Overall, attending this three-day festival was exactly the best way to escape all the bad news and live out a lazy, sun-worshpping beach life for a weekend.

Wrap-up Photos to Come

Counting Crows – Photo © 2021 Luis Moreno
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By DAN MACINTOSH

The 2021 BeachLife Festival takes place today through Sunday and South Bay music lovers are in for a special time.

This year’s BeachLife Festival lineup may not feature the ultimate “Rock-Meets-Beach” musician — Brian Wilson — who headlined one night of the 2019 inaugural offering, but the event’s post-pandemic return nevertheless includes many noteworthy musicians.

Scenically situated in the quiet beach community of Redondo Beach, and slated to run from today through Sunday, this 3-day bill is mighty strong on eclectic Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Day 1 will be headlined by Jane’s Addiction, whose lead singer Perry Farrell knows a thing or two about rock festivals. He created a little thing called Lollapalooza in 1991. Ironically, that festival was intended as a Jane’s Addiction farewell tour. (Okay, maybe it was just too hard for that iconic SoCal band to say goodbye). 

Cage The Elephant is the co-headliner, with The Revivalists and Silversun Pickups also set to perform. Friday’s wildcard artist is Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter. Maybe we’ll determine if she’s a “thriller” or just “bad.”

Counting Crows – Joe Russo Photography

Saturday’s lineup is even stronger, with Counting Crows at the top of the bill. Speaking of famous offspring, Jacob Dylan’s The Wallflowers are also scheduled to perform, as well as the wonderful country singer, Cam. Sugar Ray and English Beat will bring much nostalgic fun, as well. Saturday also has a wildcard, or sorts, Men at Work. Yes, it will only feature Colin Hay, the one remaining original member. Still, he’s all the way from the land down under, mate.

The festival closes with Ziggy and Stephen Marley performing songs of their father, Bob Marley. If you’ve ever seen Ziggy Marley perform, you already know how much he is a doppelganger for his father — both in looks and voice. Also, don’t miss the serious blues of Gary Clark Jr. and Ben Harper, as well as G. Love & Special Sauce’s soulful vibes. This day’s lineup is all top tier, no wildcards.

All would agree we’re tired of being cooped up in the house. So, let’s get out to the beach and soak up some sun and wonderful musical vibes.

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For more information go to https://www.beachlifefestival.com

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Lord Huron has come out of hiding and apparently has been longing to get back on the road as much as everyone else.

The band has released their new album Long Lost and is heading out on tour including a stop at Hollywood Forever at the end of September.

The new album, Long Lost, takes a new turn, blending innovative tracks with timeless, orchestrated elegance. The band retains its haunting presence, painting a wistful dream of the open road. 

The album opens with “The Moon Doesn’t Mind,” a moody trip through an emotive landscape, then moves swiftly into the upbeat “Mine Forever,” a mysteriously resounding, western-twang groove. The record is punctuated with throwback 1940s-sounding intros as if the band were performing at a local talent show.

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