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Feb 21, 2024

Cali Vibes Delivers with Headliners Sublime with Rome, Gwen Stefani, The Roots, Ice Cube & more

Cali Vibes 2024, held in the scenic expanse of Marina Green Park in Long Beach, California, was a festival that promised an eclectic mix of reggae, hip-hop, and ska-punk vibes, and it spectacularly delivered.

With an impressive lineup spanning the weekend, attendees were treated to a nostalgic yet refreshing musical journey. The festival’s ambiance, coupled with the backdrop of palm trees and the Pacific Ocean, set the perfect stage for what was to be an unforgettable experience!

Saturday Highlights: Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, and Gwen Stefani

Sublime with Rome took the stage with an aura of revival, bringing back the essence of 90s ska-punk with a modern twist. Rome Ramirez, alongside original Sublime bassist Eric Wilson, managed to capture the spirit of the late Bradley Nowell’s legacy while infusing his unique energy into the performance. Their setlist was a perfect blend of classic hits like “Santeria” and “What I Got,” along with newer tracks that have defined this era of the band. The crowd sang along to every word, a testament to the timeless appeal of Sublime’s music.

Slightly Stoopid, no strangers to the Cali reggae scene, delivered a performance that was both vibrant and laid-back. Their set flowed seamlessly from one song to the next, showcasing their genre-blending sound that has garnered a dedicated following. Tracks like “Closer to the Sun” and “2 A.M.” had fans swaying and dancing, perfectly encapsulating the chill, beachy vibe of the festival.

Gwen Stefani, perhaps the most versatile act of the day, electrified the audience with her dynamic stage presence. Diving into her solo hits like “Hollaback Girl” and “The Sweet Escape,” Stefani also paid homage to her No Doubt roots with renditions of “Spiderwebs” and “Just a Girl.” Her performance was a masterclass in entertainment, bridging the gap between pop and ska, and proving that Stefani remains an unparalleled force in music.

Sunday Standouts: Too Short, Fortunate Youth, SOJA, The Roots, and Ice Cube

The festival’s momentum continued into Sunday, with a lineup that leaned more into hip-hop and reggae, highlighting the diversity of the Cali Vibes fest.

Too Short brought the Bay Area to Long Beach with his distinctive rap style, delivering classics like “Blow the Whistle” and “Gettin’ It” with the swagger and confidence that has defined his career. The crowd was receptive, bouncing to the beats and rhymes of one of hip-hop’s legends.

Fortunate Youth and SOJA kept the reggae torch burning bright, with performances that were both energetic and soulful. Fortunate Youth’s set was a blend of harmony and rhythm, engaging the audience with their positive messages and rootsy sound. SOJA, known for their thought-provoking lyrics and smooth reggae beats, captivated attendees, further establishing the day’s laid-back yet potent vibe.

The Roots delivered a performance that was nothing short of spectacular. Their blend of live instrumentation and hip-hop was a showcase of musical mastery. Black Thought’s rapid-fire verses, coupled with Questlove’s impeccable drumming, made for a set that was both educational and entertaining, highlighting the band’s iconic status in the music world.

Closing out the festival, Ice Cube took the stage, bringing an aggressive energy that shifted the atmosphere. Performing hits like “It Was a Good Day” and “Check Yo Self,” Cube’s set was a reminder of his influence and legacy within hip-hop. His ability to command the stage and engage with the audience was a fitting end to a weekend that celebrated the rich diversity of California’s music scene.

Cali Vibes 2024 was more than just a music festival; it was a cultural experience that highlighted the evolving landscape of music while staying true to its roots. The performances of both days offered a perfect balance of nostalgia and innovation, leaving attendees with memories that will last a lifetime.