New collection featuring guest appearances by Tippa Irie
It’s always kind of amazing when Colorado Springs 450-capacity Black Sheep manages to book a band to play the night after their headlining appearance at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which is more than 20 times larger. Especially when that band is the Long Beach Dub Allstars, one of the most 420-friendly acts in the world, and this year’s appearance happens to fall on 4/20.
Since rising up from the ashes of Sublime after the untimely demise of frontman Bradley Nowell, the SoCal pop-reggae stalwarts have spent the better part of the last two decades entertaining smoke-filled arenas with such ganja-centric classics as “Sensi” and “Grass Cloud.” (Frontman Opie Ortiz’s favorites strains, since you didn’t ask, are Banana OG, Gorilla Glue, Granddaddy Purple and Royal OG.) LBDA fans can also give praise to Jah that the band, which has been awfully studio-shy in recent years, finally released two new songs, “Holding Out” and “Steady Customer,” just this past fall, and is rumored to be readying a new collection featuring guest appearances by Tippa Irie, Half Pint and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na.