Long Beach Dub Allstars

The legacy and legend of Long Beach ska/punk/reggae/rock band Sublime is already written. What it achieved, what it means to people—there’s nothing left of which fans need to be reminded. All over the world, especially Southern California, Sublime are beloved.

Brad Nowell is no longer with us, and that still sucks, but we were never left empty-handed. In 2009, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh joined forces with singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez and went on tour as Sublime With Rome. (Gaugh has since departed, replaced by Josh Freese.) We’re told the tribute band 40 Oz. to Freedom is more than half-decent. But before all that came the Long Beach Dub Allstars.

“Myself, Eric [Wilson] and Bud [Gaugh] carried forward and put together a lineup for an event called Enough Already in 1996,” says drummer, DJ and former Sublime man Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman. “It was a fund-raiser for substance abuse, and a ton of friends of Sublime played: Pennywise, No Doubt. They came and played a set of their own at the Los Angeles Convention Center . . . and one Sublime song. And then our lineup, which was everyone I mentioned before as well as some local musicians and friends—Opie Ortiz, Jack Maness, Tim Wu, Richie [Ras-1] Smith, Isaiah Owens. We all got together in order to do a complete set of Sublime songs.”

It was a bunch of friends coming together in a combination of grief over Nowell’s early death to play Sublime songs for friends, family and fans who were also mourning. They didn’t have a name, and they didn’t have plans to continue after the Enough Already show. But when people started asking about their “next gig,” the guys heard a calling.

The Aggrolites

The Aggrolites are an amalgamation of two previous Los Angeles reggae and ska bands, the Vessels and The Rhythm Doctors. They formed in 2002 as a live backing band for reggae icon Derrick Morgan, the recording sessions, though never released, inspired the Aggrolites to become a permanent band. They have performed as the backing band for Phyllis Dillon, Scotty, Joseph Hill of Culture, Prince Buster, and Tim Armstrong.

The band's name comes from the English slang term agro, which is commonly thought to be short for aggravation or aggression (often referring to violence).

In 2003, the Aggrolites released their debut album, Dirty Reggae, on local reggae label Axe Records. The album was recorded at Signet Studios in Los Angeles in one day, with each song recorded in one take, and with many lyrics improvised on the spot.

In December 2006 they toured the UK as the support band for Madness.

Jesse Wagner - vocals, lead guitar
Brian Dixon - rhythm guitar
Roger Rivas - piano, organ
Jeff Roffredo - bass

Korey Horn - drums (rejoined in late 2006)
Scott Abels - drums (2005-2006)
J Bonner - bass guitar (2002-2007)
David Fuentes - bass (2007, deceased)



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