Intro “Mt. Fuji Magic” @ Asagiri Jam – It’s A Beautiful Day! (Oct. 12th, 2013)

Intro : “Mt. Fuji Magic”
Features – Intro : “Mt. Fuji Magic” @ Asagiri Jam – It’s A Beautiful Day! 2013.10.12

Asagiri Jam

Every year the lineup at Asagiri Jam is always an underground music lover’s delight and the fact that the tickets invariably sell out before the lineup is announced is testament to the fact that the regular Asagiri Jam attendees have complete faith in the capabilities of the booking staff. Being a huge reggae fan, I have always looked forward to the discerning selection each year of some cool dub/roots artists to add some Caribbean vibe to the supremely picturesque atmosphere of Asagiri Arena, the vast campground where Asagiri Jam is held. Last year however, I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the lack of reggae acts, even though the other performers more than compensated for that.

As if they were making up for lost time, the people who chose the acts for this year’s Asagiri chose what seems to be more than half of the acts with a ska, roots and dub flavor. Right now it is Saturday afternoon and the weather and view of Mt. Fuji is no less than perfect, a Japanese ska outfit called “The Man” has just finished playing a set of bouncy, high-energy songs and in the distance I can hear the sound people at the Moon Shine stage blasting some dub tunes in preparation for another fantastic reggae band who knows how to seriously apply echo and delay, Dry &Heavy. Although they used to frequent the festival scene many years ago, Dry & Heavy haven’t been playing at outdoor festivals as much recently so for fans of their effects-laden dub rhythms like me, this is a rare treat. After Dry & Heavy, yet another dub reggae unit, Mala in Cuba Live! Take to the same stage. Then finishing up on the Moon Shine stage is a producer by the name of Swindle who has made himself a name in the dance/dubstep scene of late.

The headlining band for this evening is Asian Dub Foundation whose high-energy fusion of heavy guitar riffs and dub bass lines are likely to leave an indelible mark on the serene landscape of the Asagiri highlands. The political messages about a more equal and just society in most of the songs they write are as relevant today as they ever have been.

Another full day of fantastic reggae, afrobeat and music from Mongolia await us tomorrow. Looking up at Mt. Fuji as the sun goes down is truly a sight to behold and one that no one should pass up if they have the opportunity to make it to Asagiri Jam.

–>Cool Wise Man (COOL WISE MAN)

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