BeachLife Festival ups the ante again this May with The Black Keys, Gwen Stefani, The Black Crowes & more booked for fourth edition

BeachLife Festival - 2023 lineup

BeachLife Festival //
Seaside Lagoon – Redondo Beach, CA
May 5th-7th, 2023 //

It’s the first week of the new year, and you know what that means … it’s almost festival season!

No, the Coachella lineup hasn’t dropped yet — although we’ll be sure to cover it here whenever that day comes soon — but in the meantime, another Southern California music festival has already revealed its plans for this year.

Taking over Redondo Beach’s waterfront for a fourth time, BeachLife Festival has put together another quality roster this May that once again leans heavily in the direction of rock ‘n’ roll but also incorporates pop, reggae, jam, funk and punk. And all things black is certainly back in 2023, as The Black Keys and The Black Crowes will bookend the three-day event that has three-time Grammy winner Gwen Stefani set to take the stage Saturday after a special performance from Sublime with Rome of 1992’s 40oz. to Freedom, marking more than 30 years since Sublime released their seminal debut album.

Despite only debuting in 2019, BeachLife has continued to up the ante and its latest roster once again boasts plenty of talent as Pixies, John Fogerty (performing the music of Credence Clearwater Revival), Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, CAAMP, Tegan & Sara, Iration, The Head and the Heart, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Dispatch, Noah Cyrus, LP, Sugar Ray, Mavis Staples, The Aiborne Toxic Event, Aly & AJ and Trampled by Turtles round out an excellent undercard. The inclusion of Modest Mouse is especially noteworthy given that Jeremiah Green, the band’s longtime drummer and one of its founding members, passed away at the age of 45 last week. Check out the poster above for the rest of the acts scheduled to take the stage.

The festival, as it did in both 2021 and 2022, will offer guests the unique opportunity to sit on the main stage and eat a four-course meal while being only a few feet away from the action as part of its DAOU SideStage Experience. So if you’re looking to get a little extra bougie for a weekend, that could be just the experience to make BeachLife a very memorable one this spring.

Speaking of tickets, they’re already on sale here! Three-day GA and GA+ passes can be purchased for $379 or $419, and VIP is available for $849 as well as single-day tickets for $159 (GA), $179 (GA+) and $339 (VIP). Of course, there’s always the three-day Admirals pass for $995 or Captain’s pass for $2,999 and $1,250 (single-day) as well if you’re looking to make a big splash so get ’em while they’re still hot.

The Wailers honor Bob Marley’s work at sold-out Independent

The WailersBy Maggie Corwin //

The Wailers performing Exodus //
The Independent – San Francisco
January 29th, 2015 //

Made famous by the late Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae band The Wailers played the first of three sold-out shows at The Independent on Thursday. This night featured the entire Exodus album from front to back with Friday and Saturday night paying tribute to Legend and Survival, respectively. In addition to the tracks from Exodus, The Wailers performed hits like “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Could You Be Loved” and “Get Up, Stand Up”, among others.

The Wailers deliver the jams at The Independent

The-Wailers1By Steve Roby

The Wailers with DJ Funklor //
The Independent — San Francisco
Saturday March 22, 2014 //

The Wailers are on tour promoting the 30th anniversary release of Legends, named “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time magazine. Their second sold-out show at San Francisco’s Independent was filled with a mix of devoted fans that actually saw Bob Marley perform with The Wailers many decades ago, and those who weren’t even born in 1984 when the best-selling record came out, but knew the lyrics and sang along to every song.

Jamaican singer Koolant Brown, who could easily pass for a Marley look-alike, did an excellent job of keeping his spirit alive on crowd pleasers like “Get Up, Stand up” and “No Woman, No Cry”. Brown later acknowledged bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, the only member from the original Wailers’ line-up. “Fams,” was given a lifetime achievement award by Bass Player Magazine in 2012, and claims he has 41 children and 23 grandchildren that validate his nickname.


The Wailers also feature Elan Atias on lead vocals; Keith Sterling, keyboards; Anthony Watson, drums; Audley Chisholm, rhythm guitar; and Brady Walters and Cegee Victory, background vocals.

After loud cheers for an encore, Koolant Brown returned to the stage and performed a beautiful rendition of “Redemption Song” on acoustic guitar. “Skankin” was up next. Brown admitted to the audience that he enjoys his weed, no surprise, and only gets it directly from the farmer. “Exodus” concluded the concert just after midnight.


After San Francisco, The Wailers head south to Chile, Columbia, and Australia, before returning to the States in May for New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Concert Set List: Cobra, Is This Love, No Woman, No Cry, Could You Be Loved, Three Little Birds, Buffalo Soldier, Get Up, Stand up, Stir It Up, One Love, I Shot The Sheriff, Waiting In Vain, Rock The Boat, Jammin’. Encore: Redemption Song, Skankin’, Exodus.