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Virginia Beach Oceanfront Concert Series

Oceanfront Concert Series: Burning Spear with Kabaka Pyramid

Wednesday, June 19 | 7 p.m.

17th Street Park

FREE and open to the public

Get ready for hot summer nights with the Oceanfront Concert Series at Virginia Beach, a free music extravaganza taking place in the parks along the iconic Virginia Beach Boardwalk. This series brings fans together to revel in the magic of live music against the backdrop of the Atlantic oceanfront.

Spanning a diverse range of musical genres, the Oceanfront Concert Series caters to various tastes, offering an eclectic lineup that resonates with music enthusiasts of all ages. 

June 19


with Kabaka Pyramid

Burning Spear’s impact on reggae music is profound. A true legend, Spear’s legacy through his music is one of self-reliance and self-determination for the African diaspora. With a career spanning over six decades, his message remains on point and his vocal delivery is as powerful as it is identifiable.

Winston Rodney began his music career in the late 1960s, attributing his start to a fateful encounter with Bob Marley. Both were living in the St. Ann’s parish of Jamaica. As Spear recalls, “Bob was going to his farm. The man was moving with a donkey and some buckets and a fork, and cutlass and plants. We just reason man-to-man and I say wherein I would like to get involved in the music business. And Bob say, ‘All right, just check Studio One.” It was there that Spear recorded his first two classic albums, Burning Spear and Rocking Time.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Burning Spear rocked the reggae world, releasing acclaimed albums such as Social Living, Hail H.I.M. and Resistance. His music evolved to incorporate elements of jazz, funk, and rock, while maintaining its solid roots reggae foundation.

Burning Spear has won two Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album.  In addition to his music career, Burning Spear is a dedicated anti-racism activist and philanthropist. He has been involved in various social and political causes throughout his career, including the fight against apartheid in South Africa, the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe and his campaign to raise awareness of the teachings of Marcus Garvey.

Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid is a Grammy Award Winning conscious revolutionary lyricist with a signature musical style; blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop.

A key pillar of the Reggae Revival movement, Kabaka Pyramid carved his way into the Jamaican reggae scene with Rebel Music in 2011 with marquee songs like “Free From Chains” and “Warrior” featuring Protoje. His hip hop roots were evident in the lyrical style and hard-hitting beats, laying the foundation for an ever-ascending career highlighted by the classic marquee sophomore album The Kalling produced by role model Damian “Jr Gong” Marley.

This chart-topping artist has developed a solid global fan-base that connects deeply with the messages in his music, touring extensively over the past 10 years at the largest of Reggae stages around the world and headlining numerous 20+ multi-city club tours. Kabaka is well known for delivering an electrifying and entertaining live performance.

After touring with Damian Marley in the US in 2017, Kabaka would team up with the son of Bob Marley for his debut album Kontraband, debuting number 3 in the reggae Billboard chart and number one in several countries on iTunes. Hit song “Reggae Music” became Kabaka’s first song to pass 10 million views on YouTube.

Live performances for Rolling Stones, BBC radio 1xtra at Maida Vale and Tuff Gong Studios, winning the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association’s Breakthrough artist of the year and being featured on Chase and Status and Rudimental’s albums are some of the highlights of a stellar career.

• Beach Blanket, towel, or beach chair (without a foot rest or canopy)
• Small Cooler
• Outside Food and Drink (no alcohol)
• Re-entry with Hand Stamp
• Strollers

• Alcohol
• Open containers of any kind
• Glass containers
• Bicycles
• Pets (except certified service animals)
• Professional Camera/Video Equipment
• Umbrellas



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