Dirty Rice is a 7-piece reggae band based in South Oxnard, California. The soulful sound of Dirty Rice is a mix of roots, rock, reggae and hints of ragga combined with never-ending drum grooves, acoustic guitar, whole- some keys, soothing vocal harmonies and rocking bass riffs.
Dirty Rice is comprised of a group of local friends and a mix of family – Pika Maiava (drums), Mataio Valoaga (bass), Charleen Morla (keyboards), Mau Valoaga (Guitar) and combining the heavenly blends on the mics are vocals – Shirley Moore, Henry Otineru and Nasau Galeai.
Dirty Rice formed in March of 2010 initially to play at a “one time only gig” for a birthday party of two of their band members. With such positive response from the crowd of family and friends, they decided to continue rehearsing and began performing at local venues throughout the 805. Dirty Rice was soon capturing the crowds with their unique and intriguing sound by performing known reggae covers to their very own “feel good” originals. Since then, Dirty Rice has had the honor and privilege of backing headline acts including reggae legends from Ziggy Marley, the Wailers, Pato Banton and Don Carlos to more current acts such as Lion, Rey Fresco, Jboog, Iration, Katchafire, Tribal Theory, Expanders, Reel Big Fish, Shaggy, Sublime w/ Rome among other groups.
On March 2013, Dirty Rice released their first self-titled album and played to a sold out crowd of 2,000 at the Majestic Ventura Theater for their album release. Dirty Rice is currently released their latest 4-track EP “Heart of a Lion” in the Fall of 2016. Dirty Rice’s island vibe style is great for all occasions and any crowd that likes to layback, chill, or party and groove on the dance floor. Their versatile blend, uplifting lyrics and sincere energy moves the crowd at any venue whether it be for intimate crowds at private parties, festivals, bene t shows to audiences at the House of Blues (Anaheim), The Mint (Los Angeles), SoHo (Santa Barbara), The Libbey Bowl (Ojai), The Canyon Club (Agoura Hills), SLO Brewery (San Luis Obispo), Winstons and House of Blues (San Diego) to local spots in Ventura – Bombay’s, The Pierpont Inn, Watermark on Main, Discovery Ventura, Copper Blues and the place where it all began, Sam’s Saloon in South Oxnard.