Rebelution will be performing in Costa Rica for the first time ever with local reggae sensation Ojo de Buey at the first annual Reggae to the Rescue this summer. Sponsored by Arizona Iced Tea, the day-long event is going down July 16th, and will take place at Patrons Bar and Grill which is located in downtown Dominical near the shores of the Pacific, alongside some of the most consistent waves in Central America.The goal of this benefit concert is to use the positive vibes of reggae music to foster a community that will help raise funds for Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, so they can expand their facilities and hire much needed staff. 100% of the funds raised from the event will be donated!Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary first opened its doors to distressed animals in December 2014. They ascribe to the philosophy “Rescue Rehab and Release” and have re-introduced over 100 monkeys, toucans, sloths and other exotic animals back into nature. “Everyday we see more and more animals that have been injured or displaced. Our staff is working around the clock to care for and rehabilitate the animals that are brought to us. With over 100 animals currently at the sanctuary, and more coming everyday, it is our mission to provide care for every single animal that comes to us. We are continually expanding the facilities and growing our team to handle the demands, but we need your help in order to make our mission a reality,” explains Executive Director Tom Rademacher in a press release. More information about Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary can be found here.Check it out!Reggae to the Rescue will be in the middle of Rebelution’s “Falling Into Place” tour, which kicks off at historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on June 6th. The trek takes the band across the US for twenty-six dates, finally ending in Missoula, Montana on August 20th, before they head over to Costa Rica for what is sure to be one of their most special shows to date. Find out more on the band’s website.Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Ojo de Buey has made their name in the scene by providing the earthiest of reggae vibes to Central America, also performing alongside some of the nation’s leading acts, like Rebelution and Dirty Dozen on the stages of North Coast Music Festival.Hosting Rebelution and Ojo de Buey for this benefit concert is only the beginning of Reggae to the Rescue’s efforts! Tickets are currently on sale for $25 USD here, with a limited number of VIP tickets available as well. Whether you’re already in Costa Rica, plan to visit there, or have always wanted to, now might be a really great time to make the plans. For a good cause!
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USC’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team will have an opportunity to redeem itself this weekend after suffering back-to-back losses at No. 12 Cal and No. 4 Stanford.Break the chain · Freshman Zoë Katz has lost her last four singles matches, but hopes to get back to her winning ways this weekend. The Los Angeles native is currently ranked No. 101 in the nation. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanBoth the Bears (14-4, 7-0 Pac-12) and the Cardinal (14-1, 6-1) swept the Women of Troy (14-6, 5-2), dealing USC its first two conference losses of the season and spoiling the team’s chances at replicating its undefeated Pac-12 mark from last year.With the losses, the Women of Troy fell into a fourth-place tie in the conference standings, two matches behind Cal and a match behind No. 2 UCLA and Stanford.USC is now gearing up for its last home stand of the season, as No. 19 Arizona State comes to town on Friday and No. 25 Arizona visits USC on Saturday. All three teams are tied with a 5-2 mark in conference play.The 19th-ranked Sun Devils are coming off of a 4-0 win over Colorado and a 4-2 win over Utah last weekend. Arizona State boasts two nationally-ranked singles players in No. 49 Desirae Krawczyk and No. 68 Stephanie Vlad. In addition, Krawczyk and Kassidy Jump comprise the 85th-ranked doubles team in the nation.Arizona will also come to Los Angeles having recently topped Utah, 7-0, and Colorado, 5-2. Much like their rival Sun Devils, the Wildcats have two players ranked in singles: No. 60 Lacey Smith and No. 61 Lauren Marker. Arizona has no ranked doubles teams.Meanwhile, USC boasts four ranked players in singles. Junior Sabrina Santamaria is ranked No. 17 in the nation, but she sustained an ACL injury in March that sidelined her for the remainder of the season.Junior Zoë Scandalis, who has taken over Santamaria’s spot on USC’s top singles court, is next at No. 26. Junior Giuliana Olmos is ranked 76th in the nation, and freshman Zoë Katz rounds out the group at No. 101.Ranked doubles teams for the Women of Troy include the tandem of Olmos and Scandalis, who land at No. 6. The team of Katz and senior Brynn Boren, meanwhile, currently sits at No. 13. Santamaria and senior Kaitlyn Christian, the defending national champions in doubles, come in at No. 25.If history repeats itself, USC’s chances of dispatching the Arizona schools and climbing back into the Pac-12 contender race are solid. Last year, the Women of Troy took home two resounding wins on a road trip to the Grand Canyon State defeating the Sun Devils 7-0 and the Wildcats 6-1. USC was led in those matches by Olmos and Santamaria, who each captured two straight set wins in singles. Still, given the loss of Santamaria to injury and the team’s poor play last weekend, this year’s matches should be more competitive.Interestingly, another good omen for the Women of Troy could be their current two-game losing streak. The two previous times this season that the team lost back-to-back matches, it went on to rattle off five straight wins.USC’s next two games mark its second-to-last weekend of Pac-12 play. On April 18, the team travels to face UCLA, looking for revenge after having fallen to the Bruins twice this season already (once in the ITA National Team Indoor Tournament by a 4-0 score and again last month, 5-2). A week later, both teams will travel to the Pac-12 championships in Ojai, Calif.