The musical roots and heritage of Huntington Beach were no doubt fortified when the Golden Bear started booking rock and roll acts in the 1960s.
The Jan and Dean classic "Surf City" certainly fed the legacy, as did the old punk club Safari Sam's and a spate of thunderous local bands from the Offspring to Avenged Sevenfold and now the Dirty Heads.
Founded in 1996 by Jared Watson and Dustin Bushnell, the Heads are a modern reggae band that caught its first true wave of success with 2008's anthemic smash single "Lay Me Down" (which has been certified gold and spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, a record for an independent release and more than any single that year by anyone, including the Black Keys, Kings of Leon and 30 Seconds to Mars).
The band tours incessantly, bringing its funky island-meets-street vibe to thousands of fans all over the world, but this is home and so this is where they recently decided to throw a special party.