Reggae band Upstream returns to Marina del Rey as part of a free outdoor concert series
By Michael Aushenker
Billed as “music by the sea,” a series of free outdoor concerts in Marina del Rey heads Upstream this Sunday for three hours of love reggae at Fisherman’s Village.
“It’s one of the [area’s] best kept secrets … a great family alternative to Venice,” said concert series organizer Suzy Fox, a concierge and leasing agent for the Admiralty Apartments.
The five-piece band Upstream has played Marina del Rey weekend concert gigs for nearly a decade and returns this week with a mix of originals and reggae-fied covers of pop standards such as “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem.”
Originally from Trinidad, Upstream front man Haley Blackman promises that songs by iconic reggae legends such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff will also be a part of the set list.
“It’s kind of universal, everyone knows Bob Marley,” he said.
While Upstream has played all over Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Ventura counties, Blackman said there’s something uniquely relaxing about playing Fisherman’s Village.
“The ocean is right there; the buildings have a Dutch feel to it,” he said. “The people who come to listen, they really get into it.”
Upstream will return to jam at Fisherman’s Village every other month.
Meanwhile, the concert series continues through February with the R&B band Blue on Saturday, Feb. 15; bossa nova band Brazil Brasil on Sunday, Feb. 16; R&B band Friends on Saturday, Feb. 22; and jazz-funk combo 2 Azzl on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Free concerts take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in February at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Two hours free parking with validation. Call (310) 301-9900.§