Tribal Seeds drop into the South Bay on its West Coast tour

Reggae group Tribal Seeds will be performing at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Saturday, Jan. 30.

San Diego-based reggae group Tribal Seeds will pass through Hermosa Beach Saturday, Jan. 30, amid its current travels for The Come Around Tour.

The band was started by brothers Tony-Ray (keyboards) and Steve Jacobo (vocals and guitar). Since its inception in 2005, it has seen band mates come and go, but the members feel their current setup — John Wegener (bass), Tony Navarro (lead guitar), Carlos Verdugo (drums) and Joe Rodriguez (percussions and keys) — is the most solid it’s ever been.

“The band members were adopted from other bands, but the crew we have now has been the most progressive and productive ever,” said the band’s manager, Antonio Jacobo.

This current tour, which began Jan. 1, will culminate in its hometown sharing a stage with reggae legends Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Gregory Isaacs and Sister Carol, among other artists, Feb. 15.

With the reggae music continuing to spread its infectious beats throughout the world, Tribal Seeds have been able to share its sound to the islands of Hawaii, Guam and Aruba in the past few years. Next month the group will hit Mexico for Bob Marley Day.

“We are blessed to be traveling to different parts of the world with so many amazing artists that we are fortunate to share the stage with,” Jacobo said.

In its beginning stages, the group said it was heavily influenced by Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Midnite and Dezarie. Now that it has its own sound, the band has gone on to make strides with its music.

In 2008, Tribal Seeds won a San Diego Music Award for its self-titled album in the “Best World Music” category, and that same album made it on iTunes’ “Best of 2008” list. Its latest album, “The Harvest,” debuted at the No. 5 spot on the Billboard reggae charts.

The band believes reggae music is slowly becoming commercially acceptable and that “good and positive music will find its audience.” The band added that the SoCal music scene is “fertile ground” for roots, rock and reggae music.

“Reggae music has a natural rhythm for those who take a moment to feel the vibes,” Jacobo said. “(It has) a message of love, spirituality and rebellion.”

Planting itself in the growing Southern California roots, rock, reggae music scene, with the likes of Rebelution, Iration and Slightly Stoopid, the band said there’s nothing but love from all the bands.

“We love these guys for the work that they do, also for the friendship and support that they have extended to Tribal Seeds over the years,” Jacobo said. “There are more characteristics that bring us together than apart.”

Returning to the South Bay, the Tribal Seeds again will plant seeds in its ever-growing audiences’ ears.

See Tribal Seeds at Saint Rocke, which is located at 142 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Saturday, Jan. 30, with opening acts Fortunate Youth and International Farmers.

Tickets cost $10. Visit www.saintrocke.com for more information.

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