School of Music 2 of 2 James Alger 1



You have a show at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on deck in September, a venue that’s hosted many reggae legends. What are some of the best shows you’ve seen at the Belly Up? What do you love about playing there?

Indeed…we will be performing on Friday, Sept. 4, and love playing there for a variety of reasons. Mostly, because it’s home to us and always special when family, friends and neighbors are around to enjoy the night with us. Also, the production and sound is top notch. It’s flattering to be part of Belly Up’s rich history. Established in 1974, Belly Up has a deserved world class reputation, hosting some of the biggest names in entertainment – reggae and beyond (Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga and more). Some of my favorites shows have included The Wailers, Bedouin Soundclash and Black Uhuru.

One Drop’s music has a lot to say about the power of love, positive thinking, and exploring the world. You’ve traveled all over the globe, but also have a special connection with San Diego. What are some of your favorite North County spots?

To me, San Diego truly is America’s paradise and I feel fortunate to live in a place where people come to vacation. However, the world is big and filled with other amazing places with incredible sites, geography, history, people/culture and I encourage others to get out and explore it for themselves. You learn and grow so much when you do. It’s certainly shaping me, and influences my song writing.

I’m grateful for my experiences – and my global adventures will never end – but at the end of the day we return home, and I’m stoked that San Diego is my home. Some favorite N. County spots: Seaside Market in Cardiff for beach/picnic grub, (they have an amazing deli with fresh poke), Beacon’s Beach for surf and of course the Belly Up for live music.

Give us a little education. What are the top three classic albums any reggae aficionado should have in their back pocket? And also, what’s the best way to write a love song?

Tough question! How about four in no particular order: Burning Spear (Live in Paris), Gregory Isaacs (Ultimate Collection), Bob Marley & The Wailers (Babylon By Bus), and Steel Pulse (Caught You). Best way to write a love song ? That’s easy. Fall in or out of love, then describe the feeling with passion and a cool melody.