To say that the first annual Boomshaka Festival in San Diego, California was a success would be a massive understatement. Despite landing on a Monday holiday, this President's Day fest packed Valley View Casino Center with wall to wall attendees ready for a roots party to remember. Hosted by 94.9 radio personality DJ Carlos Culture, Boomshaka 2018 kicked off mid-afternoon with reggae-rock band on the rise Aloha Radio followed by rootsy reggae band The Expanders. San Diegan band HIRIE was up next, delivering a solid performance to their hometown fans. The Original Wailers took the stage next, getting the crowd singing along easily to classic Bob jams. Uncle Don Carlos took the stage to uproarious applause and was shortly joined with Ocean Beach native and Slightly Stoopid frontman Kyle McDonald. As live artist Jimmy Ovadia splashed and splattered paint onto the canvas, the crowd danced along with Don Carlos' signature dance moves. Headliners Tribal Seeds and Stick Figure closed down the night, with the native Tribal Seeds boys up first. It was their roots party, after all! Stick got the people going (as they always do), high-fiving the audience within reach and playing alongside their trusty tour dog, Cocoa. Boomshaka attendees got a special treat as other Stoopid frontman Myles Doughty joined Kyle this time to jump onstage for a quick Stick and Stoopid collaboration! After what seemed like no time at all, Boomshaka 1 had come to an end. Until next year, cherish the memories in our gallery above and stay tuned for Boomshaka 2019 announcements.
Photography by Sean McCracken & Kristy Rose