Fri, Jul 5
Belly Up's 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Aggrolites
The Amalgamated
9:00PM (Doors: 8:30PM )
$20.00
Ages 21 and Up
This show is at Belly Up
143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour)

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The Aggrolites
The year is 2002. Vocalist Jesse Wagner and organist Roger Rivas, each fresh out of their own bands, cometogether to form dirty reggae quintet the Aggrolites. With a sound that is equal parts Kingston and Motown, the bandturns the heads of discerning music listeners everywhere, not to mention a slew of legends both old-school (PhyllisDillon, Derrick Morgan) and newer (Tim Armstrong) who recruit them for collaborations. Over the next decade, theLos Angeles band tours hard and records constantly, releasing five full-lengths while spending close to 250 days ayear on the road. For a time, it seemed like the Aggrolites were everywhere, and that’s because they truly were.(Their van’s odometer can prove it.)Then, unexpectedly: Silence. The Aggrolites entera prolonged hibernation following a particularly grueling tour for2011’s Rugged Road, and suddenly, the scene was without its leading purveyors of dirty reggae.“I guess it just comes down to getting burned out,” frontman Wagner recalls. “We lost motivation to record. We got tothat point where we had to take care of our own personal lives. Everybody just needed time for themselves.”Of course, you can’t keep a good band down. Even though the Aggrolites were technically on hiatus, it didn’t stopthem from playing a handful of gigs each year, nor did it stop members from exploring other creative endeavors.(Rivas started his own recording studio and multiple new bands; Wagner began playing with Vic Ruggiero from theSlackers; bassist Jeff Roffredo formed aband called Wild Roses with former Dropkick Murphys guitarist Marc Orrell.)And with fan support still unwavering, the band reconvened in late 2015 to lay down three songs, “Aggro ReggaeParty,” “Help Man” and “Western Taipan,” which reminded them that, hey, they’re still pretty damn good at this.“I think we were so preoccupied with our lives at that time that we were just doing things out of force to keep the bandalive,” Wagner says. “But luckily and thankfully we did, because we never gave up.”Thatone-off recording session was the spark that eventually created REGGAE NOW!, the Aggrolites’ sixth full-lengthand first for new label Pirates Press Records. Written and recorded throughout 2018, the album finds Wagner and hisbandmates—Rivas, Roffredo, drummer Alex McKenzie and new guitarist Ricky Chacon—reestablishing theirsignature sound, re-recording those three songs from 2015 as well as adding on 11 more originals that snap, crackleand pop just as much as your favorite Aggro songs from back in the day.“We wanted to keep it real,” Wagner says. Even though we were proud of [2009 album] IV, we know we went outsidethe box a little on that one. This time around, we decided to keep it natural: Simple, two-chord reggae. It’s feel-goodmusic. We know whatpeople like out of us. Let’s just be us.”While it took nearly a decade to get the Aggrolites back into a cohesive creative headspace, it took a fraction of thetime to actually lay down music—the band knocked out all the basic rhythm tracks for REGGAE NOW! in one day inearly 2018.“We like to keep it old school and record organically, like the Funk Brothers of Motown or The Hippy Boys of 1960’sJamaica,“ Wagner reveals. “There’s that whole atmosphere and energy—get in a room and let that energy flow. Wefelt like teenagers again in a garage band. That came out in this record.”Wagner repeatedly emphasizes the band’s drive to create “feel-good music,” and the album is a testament to thosegood vibrations: “Love Me Tonight” is a gorgeous love song with silky smooth vocal harmonies; the funky “Jack Pot”could be the soundtrack to your next night out at the club or the walkout music for your next prize fight; “Why YouRat” will make you groove and laugh at the same time as Wagner clowns on a “ratboy” security guard who made hislife difficult at his old apartment complex.“Our lyrics have always been light-hearted and making people smile and dance, with that vintage retro feeling inmind,” he says. “That’s what the Aggrolites are about. The great thing about skinhead reggae is as beautiful as themusic sounds, it’s also the most punch-you-in-the-face music ever, too.”“Their tunes perfectly echo the human chemistry you can hear in those early Jamaican productions,” says Britishreggae icon Don Letts. “The band’s old-school analog sound totally captures the spirit of the music I grew up on.”“The Aggrolites have stretched out, and gotten it even more right, at exactly the right time,” agrees Lynval Golding,vocalist/guitarist for Two-Tone legends the Specials. “This is the album.”Functioning as free agents for the first time in nearly two decades, the Aggrolites created REGGAE NOW! without adeadline in mind. Once they felt like the album was complete, they didn’t have to look far for a partner: Bay Area labelPirates Press Records was at the top of their list.

‚Äč“I’ve known [Pirates Press Records owner] Skippy since I was 17,” says Wagner. “Over the years, seeing how muchhe’s progressed and knowing what kind of respect everybody has for him... He’s one of those people we trusted toknow what to do with the Aggrolite name and image.”With REGGAE NOW! ready to drop, the Aggrolites will hit the road this summer for their first full U.S. tour in six years.Wagner says the band is excited to get back in the groove.“We’re passionate about reggae, we’re passionate about our band, and I don’t think we’re ever gonna stop,” heconcludes. “Everybody clicks right now. That’s why we’re calling it REGGAE NOW!—because this is us now.”
The Amalgamated
Formed in 2007, The Amalgamated are a traditional ska/jazz band with early 60's rocksteady and reggae influences. A 10 member ensemble that includes a full horn section and keyboards. The Amalgamated deliver a high energy performance that leaves the audience wanting more. The Amalgamated are an incredible live band that makes everyone dance to up-tempo beats and get the audience into a groove with light reggae textures. The creativity flowing during their performances can often remind the audience of great jazz standards. Winners of 2019 San Diego Music Award for Best World Music album. They have shared the stage with many original Jamaican artists and contemporary Ska and Reggae acts. 

Belly Up's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour)

Not on the e-mail list for venue presales? Sign up to be a Belly Up VIP and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased.
All times and supporting acts are subject to change.