by Scarlet Palmer on 26/11/2013 | Uncategorized

The Dirty Soul Rockers and Other Music at the Cannabis Cup 2013

In addition to the joy of cannabis, the High Times Cannabis Cup has also traditionally brought the joy of diverse music to the judges, entrants and locals who fill the Melkweg for the evening entertainments during the event.


In addition to the joy of cannabis, the High Times Cannabis Cup has also traditionally brought the joy of diverse music to the judges, entrants and locals who fill the Melkweg for the evening entertainments during the event.

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The Dirty Soul Rockers in the Hemp Gallery.

This year, Sensi Seeds presents UK band The Dirty Soul Rockers who will headline the Awards Ceremony on the last night of the Cannabis Cup. The name may already be familiar to fans of cannabis as well as soul-infused rock, as the band also played at this year’s Cannabis Liberation Day (Cannabis Bevrijdingsdag). Whilst in Amsterdam, they naturally took the opportunity to visit the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum and the Hemp Gallery. Here they had a great time with the photobooth exhibit, judging from this picture which was posted to the band’s Twitter account.

Spiritual aspect of music and cannabis

Cannabis and the performing arts have been inextricably linked throughout human history, reaching back to the days when the boundaries between shamanism, storytelling, performance and ritual were not nearly as strongly defined and divisive as they are today. These boundaries become successfully and productively blurred once more during each Cannabis Cup, a deliberate move on the part of main organizer Steven Hager to try to emphasize the spiritual aspect of this annual celebration of the cannabis plant. The musical element of the Cannabis Cup has been clear from the early days of the world’s most famous cannabis competition, when Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and the entire band Enuff Z’Nuff were celebrity judges for the sixth and seventh Cups respectively.

Special guests

The 10th Cannabis Cup saw the onstage appearance of a very special guest when Rita Marley attended to celebrate the induction of her late husband Bob into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame. Alongside a delighted Albert of Sensi Seeds (wearing a hat adorned with buds), Rita exclaimed “I know Bob’s presence is with us here tonight.”. Other major names to have appeared over the years include Fishbone, the Kottonmouth Kings (twice), funk legend George Clinton, and high priestess of counterculture rock Patti Smith (also twice).

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Rita Marley and Albert from Sensi Seeds

In many cases, including the appearance of Rita Marley, special guest musicians have been accompanied by the Cannabis Cup Band. Formed in 1995 expressly to perform at Cannabis Cup events, the original band members were mostly drawn from the emerging ska /reggae scene in New York, with the addition of Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group on guitar. Over the next decades the Cannabis Cup band went through various line-up changes and diversified their musical style to include dancehall, rock, funk, and hip-hop, while remaining faithful to their reggae roots.

Cannabis Cup 2013 Musical Highlights

When The Dirty Soul Rockers take to the stage of the Melkweg, they will be treading in the footsteps of some of the greatest performers in cannabis culture. If their spirited performance at Cannabis Liberation Day is anything to go by, they should more than satisfy the judges and other guests! The 2013 Cannabis Cup will also feature music from Run The Jewels (alternative hip-hop pioneer El-P and his associate Killer Mike, both from the U.S.), Amsterdam local DJ Turne, and on Wednesday night what will surely be a highlight for many – The Wailers.

Sensi Seeds will be reporting live from as many of the performances as possible on both Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow these accounts for up to the minute Cannabis Cup news.

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