Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper and Gary Clark Jr. Wrap BeachLife Fest 2021 with Love September 14, 2021 News Musicians
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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.
Larkin Poe Hit The Festival Circuit and Bring Album ‘Paint The Roses’ to Life September 12, 2021 News Musicians
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The sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell rock the house with their gritty and soul-driven style of music. They took the Hightide Stage on Friday at the BeachLife Festival to the delight of faithful fans and new listeners alike.
Larkin Poe and their live performance at BeachLife Festival gave fans a dose of what’s on their latest album, the live record, Paint The Roses.
Born in Georgia and living in Nashville, Larkin Poe have amassed a fan base that grows with each music festival and concert they play. The gals have a vigorous tour schedule and play a slew of shows in the U.S. and abroad.
Named after their great great grandfather, the Lovell sisters of Larkin Poe have been making music since they were youngsters. In addition to their many albums, they also recorded harmonies and played a role in the recording of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.
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 […]
Originals and Cover Songs Impress By DONNA BALANCIA Larkin Poe, two young sisters from Atlanta, are making a big mark in the music world with some old-style southern blues. Rebecca and Megan Lovell, AKA Larkin […]
BeachLife Festival Returns Featuring Jane’s Addiction, Cage The Elephant, Counting Crows September 10, 2021 News Musicians
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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.
Interview: Jim Lindberg of Pennywise Talks ‘SpeakEasy’ Stage and BeachLife Festival September 11, 2021 News Musicians
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By JOHN DALY
As BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach lures music fans to the South Bay of Los Angeles, California Rocker sat down to talk with Jim Lindberg of Pennywise. He’s curating a new stage at the festival this year, called SpeakEasy.
California Rocker: What made you decide on the musicians you curated for the SpeakEasy stage? Do you have any anecdotes about any of the musicians playing?
Jim Lindberg: Some of the guys like Jason Cruz of Strung Out, Trever Keith of Face to Face and Jason Devore of Authority Zero I’ve been playing shows with around the world for years. They are three of my favorite singer/songwriters in the business and all three just kill it on the acoustic as well. All the anecdotes I’d have about any of them have faded into a rambling Hunter S. Thompson fever dream of chaos and abandon. Tom Curren and Steve Caballero are absolute legends of surf and skate who also rip hard on the guitar. There’s just so much talent on the Speakeasy stage I doubt anyone will be watching the main stages. Sorry.
CR: How does it feel to have a festival in Redondo Beach, as you are a South Bay local. Is it an important event for the South Bay?
JL: Goes beyond words to say how important this is and the impact it’s having on the community. It’s long overdue. I’m actually pissed it took this long. I grew up here on the beaches of the south bay. Ate three square meals in the sand. Learned to do all the physical bodily functions right there on the beach at 30th stree where the Ironman started. Ocean water from the Pacific runs in my veins. Santa Monica had the Civic where I saw Devo play when I was 15. It’s about damn time we bring bands of their caliber down to our little slice of L.A.
CR: What did you do during the lockdown year and can we expect new music? Did you learn any new hobbies or anything while in lockdown?
JL: I mentored a young songwriter named Cooper Jones who is amazingly talented and happens to have Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. You can follow his story at CoopersCure.org. I also wrote and recorded an acoustic album that will probably win a Grammy or a Razzie I’m not sure. That and I fought with my band members over stupid stuff. No new hobbies unless you count negotiating what festival t-shirt designs should look like. Mine are the best by the way.
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CR: What does the future hold for Pennywise? After Europe do you think you will tour the U.S.?
JL: Death and taxes. Note necessarily in that order. But we’re lining up all kinds of shows right now. A couple metal festivals with Metallica. I used to go to Baja on surf trips listening to Master of Puppets on repeat so that will be fun. Would like to tour the U.S. Hoping independent stages will be back soon. Need to support the cause.
CR: People love Pennywise – do you answer a lot of fans on social media or in fan letters? What is the funniest request you ever got from a fan?
JL: To quit playing so many cover songs. I love playing songs by bands that influenced us growing up – Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Descendents, Ramones, The Clash, 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty – we may just become like the Replacements and do whole shows of cover songs. That would be punk. I answer some questions on social media but if I’m going to yell at my daughters all day to get off their phones I’m not going to do it all say either. Just shout your question to me from the stage. Be nice though – – I’m sensitive and aggressive at the same time.
CR: Will you be performing on the SpeakEasy stage and if so can you give a hint of what you will do?
JL: I’ll be playing songs from my new album, cover songs, a couple Pennywise songs I wrote and also some Hungarian folk songs I plan to learn between now and the festival just to bum everyone out. Beachlife festival is all about ‘Good vibes’ but I think the Speakeasy stage will offer a few bad vibes just to keep things interesting.