Goldenvoice’s One Love Cali Reggae Fest is returning to Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 8-10 with a stacked lineup of genre stars. Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Pepper and more will headline the event, along with hometown favorite, Sublime With Rome.
Now in its fourth year, One Love Cali Reggae Fest will feature Sublime With Rome for the first time, also marking the first time the band has played in Long Beach since 2013.
“That’s such a home show for us. It is really rad to have all our friends and family and the people who grew up with Sublime, who were close to the band,” Rome Ramirez tells Billboard, who adds that it is nice to have a home show to kick off 2019.
“It is a good package of what the whole genre is now,” Ramirez says about the One Love lineup, which features bands that have defined the Southern California reggae scene for more than two decades.
“Sublime was a huge propagator for this sound, especially in California,” says Ramirez. “It definitely makes sense that the band and the promoters could make this happen.”
Sublime With Rome’s One Love performance will feature a new set design and lineup for U.S. audiences. With a new album expected out in June, Sublime With Rome spent the majority of 2018 recording and playing one-off dates and small international runs.
One Love Fest “is such a good start to kick off the year,” says Ramirez. “We have a really dope lineup now. We stole the fucking keyboard player from No Doubt.”
No Doubt’s keyboardist and trombonist Gabrial McNair, who also performed alongside Gwen Stefani for her Las Vegas residency, has been touring with Sublime With Rome for roughly a year and a half and will make his U.S. stage debut with the band at One Love Cali Fest in February.
“It is crazy what one guy can do to your band. He makes us sound good,” says Ramirez. “We have some new music that we have been implementing into the set, and the freestyles have gotten crazier. For us, it is nice to have this new invigorating sound and spark in the band, because we are going on 10 years with the band.”
Sublime With Rome will headline the third and final night of One Love Cali Reggae Fest on Sunday, Feb. 10, before hitting the road later this year in support of their third studio album due out in summer.