Hey cool kids! Everyone’s idol and beloved grandfather figure, Reggae Pops, is celebrating his 70th birthday next Friday, March 22 at Arena! If you’re a creature of LA’s reggae, house and latin music and dance scene, chances are you’ve seen Pops out on the dance floor, giving you no excuse not to be shaking your booty too! To many of us, Pops is the real Most Interesting Man in the World and you know you’re at a cool event when Pops esta en la casa! Thanks to my obsession with filming everywhere I went in LA, I actually have video of when I first met Pops back in 2008. It immediately occurred to me we both had 2 things in common: we both love to dance and we both have eyes for the ladies…HA! The Man is my Inspiration! And I’m not alone!
Other than seeing Pops literally EVERYWHERE in LA and always charming everyone around him, I didn’t know too much about him until he was interviewed recently by LA Magazine as their featured LA Archetype. Instead of demystifying Pops, the article reveals the true extent of his badassery: even though Pops lives far away in San Gabriel Valley and still works a full time job at age 69, he STILL has the energy afterwards to drive into LA for late night clubs and parties!
I’m still rather jealous he was chosen by my mega-crush Lianne La Havas to play her lover in her video for “Age”. It’s not going to surprise me if she serenades him for his birthday at one of her shows that same week at the El Rey!
The DJ roster for his party is a veritable who’s who of the LA scene:
-Jeremy Sole (KCRW/theLift)
-Eric Coleman (Mochilla, Firecracker)
-Sloe Poke (Root Down)
-Phyz Ed (Interscope)
-Monalisa (Umoja Hi-Fi)
-Rosie Love (Teknologik LA)
-SelectaSeven (Culture Clash Fridays, ReggaeLoveLA)
So come celebrate and dance with the Man himself! $5 with RSVP and $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Reggae Pops family college fund.