As the days get longer, Southern California gears up for its summer festival season. Over the last nine years, Reggae on the Mountain, founded and produced by Topanga locals Amit Gilad & Brooks Ellis, in coordination with the Topanga Community Club, has emerged as one of the musical highlights of summertime in Los Angeles. ROTM has also become a culturally unifying event, bringing attendees together from every corner of the city to enjoy music, art and world cuisine in the beautiful hills of Topanga Canyon. Through the years ROTM has hosted heavy hitting artists such as Steel Pulse and Julian Marley, but this year it has further elevated the level of booking by welcoming its most legendary headliner yet, Toots & The Maytals.
When it comes to Reggae Music, only a handful of artists are recognized as true godfathers of the genre. Among the most revered groups is Toots & The Maytals, who sit alongside the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff and a small group of others who are credited with popularizing Reggae music in the 60’s and 70’s. These artists paved the way for the international success of the genre. Now on July 14, Toots and the Maytals will be coming for the first time to Topanga Canyon to perform at the 9th annual Reggae On The Mountain at the Topanga Community Center.