Metro Santa Cruz

Coastal Sage is poised to become the next big Santa Cruz reggae fusion band. Blending elastic dub lines with searing blues guitar might at first appear a dodgy proposition, but the band pulls it off impressively. Unlike other new-model California reggae bands, Coastal Sage is refreshingly traditionalist in its approach, while still sounding wholly contemporary. Like the scrub that grows up and down our Northern California coast and gives Coastal Sage its name, the band is the sort of amalgamation of classic rock and traditional reggae that is wholly unique to this region.