Honolulu’s notorious spring festival, The Bash is back, taking place at the historic Bishop Museum on O’ahu.
Hawai’i is home to a great deal of history. The Kingdom of Hawai’i, the royal dignitaries, their descendants and their beloved culture have certainly not been forgotten since the islands were annexed and subsequently admitted as the 50th state in the United States of America. The Hawai’i natives, the Kanaka Maoli, possess plenty of passion for their land, while also harboring disdain and rebellion in their ethos. An ideal breeding ground for reggae’s rebel sounds under the cover of “Aloha”.
Reggae music has long been a hotbed in Hawai’i. Some of the biggest names in the reggae genre, both past and present have performed on the islands, especially O’ahu.
Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the Waikiki Shell in 1979, along with the reggae legend’s sons, Damian Marley, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley and Ky-Mani Marley all returning to islands to showcase their iconic sound.
American reggae mainstays Sublime, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Slightly Stoopid, 311, SOJA, Rebelution and countless others have all embarked on the journey across the pacific to share their respective sound with Hawai’i.
The reggae genre is alive and well in Hawai’i. With each passing year, more and more bands and artists continue to breakthrough and take the touring circuit by storm. But, they never forget where they came from; their home on the islands.
The Waikiki Shell has long been home to some of the biggest performances in Hawai’I, especially within the reggae genre. But, recently there has been a revitalization of the islands’ roots and culture. And, the reggae community on O’ahu has embraced that sentiment of returning home.
Walking the grounds at Bishop Museum, one can feel the history permeating from the brick buildings that surround the great lawn, overlooking the Honolulu high rise buildings in the distance.
Bishop Museum has a new chapter to write within the Hawaiian culture, and both local and international performing acts will make their mark.
Performing at the 2019 Bash at Bishop Museum will be festival headliners J Boog and Tarrus Riley, Rebel SoulJahz, Sons of Zion, General Fiyah, Maoli, Tomorrow People, Three Houses Down, Johnny Suite, Remedy Vibes, City Boys and DJ DEE WIZZARD.
There is a healthy balance of bands that call Hawai’i home, and international touring acts that hail from New Zealand, as well as the Jamaican-American reggae performer, Tarrus Riley. The Bash, produced by Ray Jr. and TMR Events, has all corners of the reggae genre featured on one lineup.
The Bash 2019 will take place on April 19-20 at Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Two Day General Admission passes are currently available for $79, while Two Day VIP Passes (21+ Only) are available for $189.
For more information on The Bash 2019, follow the links below.
The Bash 2019 Links
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