Upcoming local concerts should provide tremendous respite for
those who decide to stay in the area. While not a trip to Cancun –
those who like to see their favorite stars in concert are in for a
treat as three very popular artists are coming through town.
Tonight at the Starlight, Long Beach Short Bus is performing.
While some are unfamiliar with the new name, the band contains
former members of the Long Beach Dub All Stars who were composed of
the members from cultural super-group Sublime. Many in this
generation were weaned on “40 oz. to freedom” and lovin’ sure as
hell is what most of us still want. Bradley Nowell, the former lead
singer who died from a heroin overdose, was considered by many to
be not only a musical genius, but a cultural icon. Just looking up
“tribute to Bradley Nowell” on Google brings up 570 responses.
Filter out the porn and Janet Jackson breast-related material and
you’re left with a solid, couple dozen fan shrines. Since the
members broke off to do different projects after Nowell’s death,
several bands have been created. The Long Beach Dub All Stars were
great and I’m sure the Long Beach Short Bus will be big before you
Tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night all offer up the same
main course, String Cheese Incident, with a different side dish for
each night. Thursday night they play with Mofro, Friday with David
Lindley and Wally Ingram, and Saturday night with Vassar Clements.
String cheese is delicious and should be eaten by peeling, or
“stringing,” the cheese off, not biting it. String Cheese Incident
should be listened to any time. Their efforts to sell their own
tickets are admirable and should be supported. This is group number
two in our trio of cultural icons visiting the area.
Next Wednesday, I would recommend you stand up and get out my
way. Roll to this concert on dubs and blow it up in any area code.
Well actually only in the 303, which although not mentioned in
Ludacris’s song, will be where he is appearing Wednesday night. Our
third cultural icon in one week, Luda has been one of the most
blingin’ rappers around in the last several years. He’s traveling
with recent multi-platinum selling artist, Chingy. They are surely
disturbing the peace wherever they go. Make sure you’re ‘right
thurr’ for the show. And by thurr I mean there. And by there I mean
the Fillmore … for the show. Moving on.
Spring Break is the best show coming to the FC all next week.
Blowing up the spot is the “Anything but School” tour which will
feature super-stars Monday through Friday. Every single one of
these days completely rocks as a solo artist. Seriously, Wednesday
without economics is like Prince without The Revolution.