Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., March 21
Sound description: Soulful reggae rock.
RIYL: Stone Senses, Psydecar, 56 Hope, Roots Covenant, Stranger, B-Side Players, Tribal Theory
- Blurt: "Seaside Sellout" · Feb. 29, 2012
- Blurt: "Like Lil Jon Took Some Ecstasy" · June 11, 2008
Inception: Chula Vista, 2000
Influences: Burning Spear, Sublime, StoneSenses, the Mighty Diamonds, Peter Tosh, Iration, Psydecar
Based out of South Bay near the most heavily crossed border in the world, Stranger draws influence from the diversity of the people around them as well as from each other. It is multicultural and musical diversity that gives Stranger a presence. The band’s sound blends reggae roots with many styles ranging from (but not limited to) rock to hip-hop to blues, while offering the listener universal messages of life, love, and spirituality.
In September 2009, the band won Best World Music at the San Diego Music Awards. Singer/keyboardist Chris Morris (also of Roots Covenant) released a solo album in early 2017, Recollection.