Native Elements

Standing outside under Curry Up Now’s awning, Jose Pangan, Chris Cortez, and I make small talk. They just finished their performance. They are still sweating.

What does reggae mean to you?

Jose Pangan: Positive messages and the true stories of life. It’s a good way to express yourself.

Chris Cortez: It’s life. Rest a bit from the daily grind. I turn to reggae to turn it off. It beams of sunshine. It hits your soul. It’s the freedom to express yourself.

Peter Hadden walks towards us, carrying his umbrella.

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Bob Marley Tribute

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February 3rd, 2017, Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA. 

At 10pm, I stood outside of the venue, along with the rest of the concert go-ers, when the manager yelled that the show was sold out.North Bay’s Sol Horizon and San Francisco’s Native Elements performed a live tribute show to celebrate the life and honor the legacy of Bob Marley in the vibrant Mission district.

A huge sigh was vocalized by the line of people, which happened to extend to the end of the block. Inside on the second floor, members of Native Elements sang and danced in as the crowd of reggae lovers yelled and clapped their hands in the marijuana smoke and fog machine infused room.

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