Five Reasons We Love Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Ziggy Marley on Sunday, June 18, 2017 as Reggae Night XVI takes over the Hollywood Bowl. (Marvin Vasquez / LOL-LA)

Ziggy Marley on Sunday, June 18, 2017 as Reggae Night XVI takes over the Hollywood Bowl. (Marvin Vasquez / LOL-LA)

The Hollywood Bowl was dressed in red, green and yellow Sunday, June 18, as Reggae Night XVI returned to the iconic venue for a night of extraordinary music. Headlined by Ziggy Marley, son of music legend Bob Marley, the 16th annual celebration teamed Marley with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to bring a unique experience.

Here are five reasons we love Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Summers at the Hollywood Bowl
There is arguably nothing more emblematic of Los Angeles summers (brush fires aside) than Summer nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Regardless of the performer, uncorking a bottle of wine and enjoying music under the stars is one of the best ways to spend a Summer night in the City of Angels. And in this case, drinking Red Stripe throughout the show turned out to be a treat, to go along with the music.

Bob Marley’s Music
The Man. The Myth. The Legend. As one of the most universally recognizable and fascinating musicians of the 20th century, Bob Marley has left an imprint on music and pop culture still vibrant today. His repertoire, which includes “Is This Love,” “Three Little Birds” and “Buffalo Soldier,” rivals that of any musician, ever. On June 18, Ziggy Marley honored his father by playing some of the songs that made his father the face of reggae worldwide.

Ziggy Marley
To some, he may always be known as the son of Bob Marley, but Ziggy has made a name for himself on his own merits in a career that has spanned more than three decades. He is a five-time Grammy Award winner and, with over 80 million plays on Spotify, his sound still resonates today. Listening to “True To Myself” and “Love Is My Religion” in the same set as his father’s music was a reminder that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The Specials
As if the music of one legend from the 1970s wasn’t enough, ska icons The Specials took the stage just before Ziggy Marley to add their unique flavor to the night. The Englishmen from Coventry played all their hits, which include “A Message to You Rudy,” “Ghost Town” and Too Much Too Young,” among others, much to the delight of the audience.

The Amazing Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra plays the Hollywood Bowl regularly alongside other artists. But rarely has there been such a contrast in sound between two acts at this venue. Ziggy Marley has a laid-back, jam band vibe, while the HBO is rigid and runs like clockwork. But the two sounds worked perfectly well together—which reminds you that good music is good music, regardless of genre.

Marvin Vasquez is a Senior Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle, entertainment and sports.

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