The annual Shoreline Jam was back at the Queen Mary for one last celebration of the summer and an invited institution for the city of Long Beach and music fans. The two day festival features reggae/hip-hop/rap/alt. rock music, plenty of food vendors, the staple Heineken tent and a picturesque view of the ship behind the Henry Bridges Memorial Park.
The festival began on Saturday with opener Iya Terra, whose soulful reggae jams like “Love Is Crucial” set off the right vibe for the entire weekend. This year’s festival had Matisyahu headlining the first night and The Green closing out the second night. The park was busy with fans dancing to every one of the artists performing at the festival. The artists were evenly split between the two days and also included Barrington Levy, Common Kings,Brewfish, Stick Figure, The Grouch &Eligh and Anuhea, to name a few.
There was a mix of Californian,Hawaiianand Samoan roots in the lineup on both days, making the Shoreline Jam one of the most sought out festivals for reggae music. Anuhea is a singer/songwriter from the island of Maui and played island-pop music that shined through the smiles on the faces of the crowd. Her song, “Forever Summer” was a breezy song that forced the listeners to relax and just go with the vibe. She introduces the song and dedicated it to her honey and baby, back home, “To all the talented, beautiful children in happy relationships, this one is for you.” She had the crowd singing along with her positive and personal lyrics. She thanked the crowd and made her way off the stage as the MC’s introduced the following artist, Shwayze. Real name, Aaron Smith, Shwayze hyped up the crowd during his latest single, “King of Summer.” Shawyze kept the energy level raised to 11 as the sun began to set behind the Long Beach Port.
New York native, Matisyahu thrilled the crowd with his reggae-rap that kept the hits coming deep into the night. Matisyahu knows how to get a crowd grooving and the Shoreline Jam was no different. Songs like, “Surrender” captivated the masses and hooked them to the lyrics, “Say you are a nation of slaves with no sight, but I surrender my vision to your glory.” Matisyahu had a great set list that included, “AishTamid,” and “King Without a Crown.”
The Shoreline Jam was another success for the City of Long Beach and the surrounding communities that wait for this show to come around. The good vibes, the good music and the good eats are some of the favorite things the locals chilled with during the much needed long weekend break. Next year’s Shoreline Jam should already be on everyone’s radar as soon as possible.
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