Talking Music and Weed with Sublime with Rome at the One Love Cali Reggae Fest

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A fat, foot-long joint is being passed through the crowd as Sublime with Rome performs at One Love Cali Reggae Fest. Clouds of smoke hang low above concert-goers heads, likely providing a second-hand high to anyone who isn’t already stoned. 

Backstage before their set, the band tells me they go by “the rule of thirds” when putting together their setlist. “A third of the hits, a third of the classics, a third new stuff,” explains Rome Ramirez, frontman and guitarist of the band. “Everyone loves the hits. Sublime’s got like 10 fuckin’ hits that everybody knows, and then 10 of the dope favorites that weren’t hits but still super dope, then we squeeze our stuff in there too, then some freestyle dubs, and call it a show.” 

Following the rule of thirds, the band’s set consisted of old Sublime fan favorites like “What I Got,” and “Santeria,” and slightly deeper cut classics like “Scarlet Begonias” and “Garden Grove” along with some of Sublime with…

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