Justice System Plays Fern Bar

Want to go back to the future? Come out to Fern Bar in Sonoma County, California on April 6, 2019 at 9pm to hear Justice System play the West Coast Album Release Party for “Basement Tapes”. New York-born Justice System debuted during a seminal year in hip hop history (1994) and this year re-mastered decades of music into 8 songs for “Basement Tapes” (2019). Justice System MC Jahbaz recently explained to Pete Tosiello how memories of a 1995 show at a Manhattan club gave life to the new album’s rally anthem, ‘Bring the Justice’:

What I didn’t know was around 2013, (band members) Coz, Mo’ Betta Al, and Tom had been going over our old tapes from that time period—’92 through ‘96—as well as tapes they’d made when I wasn’t around. They put their finger on that “Spinning Out of Control” song. That became “Bring the Justice” on this record.
“We Tied Together the Old and the New:” An Interview With Jahbaz of Justice System, March 10, 2019

Hear “Basement Tapes” and more at the West Coast Album Release Party this Saturday, April 6th. Come out in person to Fern Bar in Sonoma County, California, or livestream on Snow Beach Cafe beginning at 8:30pm.


Snow Beach Cafe opened 2019 at Sneaker Con in Ft Lauderdale in February. Sneaker Con Bay Area is now on the calendar for July 14th and 15th and located for the first time in Downtown San Jose. This is your guide to the fire storm.

Saturday, July 13

Sunday, July 14

  • 12:00pm: Sneaker Con Opens Day 2
  • 8:00pm: Queen plays SAP Center (tix)

Bad Bunny Plays California

Updated 4/16

420San Jose
422Los Angeles
1122San Diego

Puerto Rico’s Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as “Bad Bunny”, “San Benito”, and “Malo Canejo” is on a significant 2019 world tour. Since he last played San Jose‘s SAP Center on April 20, 2018, Ocasio:

  • debuted his stunning first album, X100PRE, on Christmas Eve 2018, including a half-dozen original, beautiful videos,
  • toured South America in February 2019,
  • sold-out three shows in his native San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2019,
  • played an incredible Coachella set featuring an appearance by J Balvin, eg, “Bad Bunny Brings Out J Balvin For Fiery Coachella Set” (Billboard, 4/15)

This April, Bad Bunny plays SAP Center on 4/20 for the second straight year. Last year, the “Nueva Religion” tour rolled through San Jose 4/20. Two months later, the government in Santo Domingo banned several Bad Bunny radio hits (AP, 2018). This Q1 2019, iconic videos supported an avalanche of “X100PRE” singles, sold out March dates in San Juan (8, 9, 10), across the Americas (Bad Bunny X100PRE tour), and headlining Summer 2019 festivals in Paris (Lollapalooza), Rome (Rock In Roma), and Madrid (Rio Babel). “X100PRE” was published Christmas Eve 2018.

In January 2019, Ocasio raised awareness about high homicide rates in Puerto Rico by standing outside the governor’s mansion until he and his mentor were invited in for coffee (Rolling Stone).

Te Bote

Whether you measure the temperature of hot music by imitation or Billboard term limits or 1.7 billion YouTube views or JLo co-signs, “Te Bote” set 2018 on fire. Three “Te Bote Remix” performers flood the Bay Area this April:

  1. Saturday / April / 6 The song’s originator Nio Garcia, a twenty-something from San Juan, Puerto Rico, plays The End Up in San Francisco. Meet and Greet $60.
  2. Thursday / April / 18 Boston veteran Nicky Jam plays Bill Graham in San Francisco. Best Seats at Loge Level $154.
  3. Saturday / April / 20 Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny plays SAP Center in San Jose. Best Seats on the Floor at $304.

A fourth, JLo, ignites SAP June 15.

Opening Weekend

Friday / April 5 / San Francisco, CA Catch the Oracle Park home opener with the Tampa Rays at 1:30pm; step into a world when KRS-One plays Slim’s at 8pm.

Saturday / April 6 / Sebastopol, CA Spring into 2019 with two fresh Sonoma County shows on April 6 exactly one block apart in Sebastopol, California. La Gente SF from San Francisco plays Hopmonk Tavern at 8pm. Hear songs from their fourth studio album “Borderless”. Across the street, pull up to the West Coast listening party for “Basement Tapes” from veteran Bronx NY hip-hop band Justice System. Members Jahbaz and Timoteo will bring the justice to Fern Bar at the Barlow outdoor market district.

Por Siempre

As of writing at 3pm Pacific time before Bad Bunny’s sold out “X100PRE” kick-off this evening in San Juan, even the secondary ticket market is virtually sold out: StubHub shows just 5 tickets total available for the three shows this weekend at San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Hello New World

“1987 State of Mind” below is a “behind the scenes” look at fast-and-furious product-market tinkering for Sneaker Con, Fort Lauderdale. It shows how prototypes fall apart and last forever.

Sneaker Con, Fort Lauderdale, 2019. Views, opinions, brands, trademarks, and all other intellectual assets are property of their respective owners. Huge thanks to Royal Team TV, Athim TV, Sneaker Con, DavidGotKicks and eBay.
Sneaker Con, February 2019, Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida