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The Movement concludes tour in Hermosa Beach, Santa Ana this weekend

Philly reggae in three Movements: bassist Jason "Smiles" Schmidt, founder Joshua Swain and drummer Gary Jackson (the unpictured DJ and keyboardist Alific completes the quartet)
Philly reggae in three Movements: bassist Jason "Smiles" Schmidt, founder Joshua Swain and drummer Gary Jackson (the unpictured DJ and keyboardist Alific completes the quartet)
Charlotte Trace

Raggamuffin reggae band The Movement brings the beat of brotherly love to the southland this weekend, concluding their spring tour in Hermosa Beach and Santa Ana. The Philadelphia quartet, which fused around Columbia, South Carolina, native Joshua Swain (guitar and vocals), launched the tour in Mr. Swain’s home state on April 16. “This tour has been hard, like they all are,” Mr. Swain tells The Examiner, “but it has been worth it. Between headlining on the East Coast, playing festivals like Cali Roots, and opening for The Green on the West Coast, everyday serves only to fuel our passion.”

“The past 10 years have been crazy,” Mr. Swain continues, reminiscing as the band celebrates a key anniversary. “We are no longer a band, but a massive family. Our friends, family, and fans, we look at it as one entity. We have lost and gained brothers and sisters, and have toured relentlessly in hopes of seeing our dreams come to fruition. But the greatest thing that could ever have happened is that we’ve recently realized that our dreams have come true.”

Reggae fans unfamiliar with the band’s sound—germinated in Sublime’s soil and flavored with hints of late-’80s Toasters (when the reggae-rap duo Unity 2 were still in the fold) and the atmospherics of the late Joe Strummer’s band The Mescaleros—are invited to download the band’s free tour EP. Fans who have joined the movement can join The Movement at Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke on Friday, May 30 (9 p.m.; doors 5 p.m. / $12 / 21+); True Press, Arise Roots and Dub Architect support. The Movement join the South Bay’s Fortunate Youth the following night, Saturday, May 31, at The Observatory in Santa Ana (8 p.m.; doors 7 p.m. / $12 / all ages); True Press supports. “We are excited to be back. We can’t wait to make new friends, soak up the sun, and spread the love that we have for this culture, this music. Like always, we’re cruising down the highway, pumped for the next show....”