Rebelution And The Gaucho Way Of Life: A UC Santa Barbara Roots Piece

May 31, 2019

“Olé Olé Olé Olé! Gauchos, gauchos..” is how the UCSB chant goes.

For most people, gauchos are known as cowboys in Argentina. For a few others, it’s a connection to a small Californian paradise, also known as the mascot for the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
It’s now been 10 years since I left that beautiful college campus, and last weekend as I re-visited the town of Santa Barbara for our alumni reunion, I couldn’t help but draw some very clear connections between the life I live today and the life I lived a decade ago.
For the past 5 years I have had the fortune to travel with Rebelution as their tour DJ, and more recently their assistant tour manager. I have been across the country, and even across oceans helping them spread their message of good vibes and gratitude. A message that I believe was instilled in every founding member before the band Rebelution was even created.
While attending UCSB, it is common for most students to live in a small beach town called Isla Vista. Almost 2 square miles comprised of mostly UCSB students, it is a unique place to live because 99% of your neighbors are your fellow UCSB Gauchos. It’s a strange hybrid paradise where dorm life meets beachside community.
When the weekends arrived during my time living in Isla Vista, Gauchos never hesitated to celebrate our good fortune. Every weekend copious parties rotated between various groups of friends, and the main street of Del Playa never had a shortage of ragers. I can still hear people saying “On Friday night the Marley house is hosting Rebelution, the dolphin house is getting 3 kegs, and the snow club house is having a dubstep party.” We used to say that no one needed Greek life to have a rich social life in Isla Vista, because everyone knew how to be gracious hosts.
So you might see how this culture of gracious hosting starts to connect some of Rebelution’s core values to the Gaucho way of life. Gauchos were great at welcoming large groups of friends into their homes with open arms. Not to mention bountiful booze and dank weed haha! While the main requirements for entry into any house party were just good vibes and gratitude.
And for me, these are the same requirements for entry into a Rebelution show: good vibes and gratitude. For anyone that has also been to a Rebelution show I think you know that we do our best to welcome everyone with those same open arms, complimented with great live music.
So whether you have spent time in Santa Barbara or not, I hope everyone who reads this can connect with their inner Gaucho as often as they can. What a beautiful world it would be if we were all more gracious hosts.

11 Comments

on Rebelution And The Gaucho Way Of Life: A UC Santa Barbara Roots Piece.
  1. Arty pimentel
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    Nothing but success and positive vibes for you 💚💛❤️

  2. Katy Nowlin
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    Good Vibes 💚💛❤️🤙

  3. Briana Lindauer
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    Gotta Love Rebelution!

  4. Shannon Quinn
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    Living on the east coast it caused my family and I some delay In catching Reb live, as a majority of those beginning shows were held on the west coast! But let me tell you, it was well worth the wait!!
    RebDay is always marked on our calendar, even traveling up the east coast to catch another show. Those positive vibes are much needed here in NY and we appreciate them more than one would know. Thank you to you, Reb and the ohana vibe always! 🤟❤✌

  5. Vince Landi
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    Awesome piece! As a fellow Gaucho, that description of IV was spot on! Definitely raged at Marley House, Dolphin House, and snow club a lot! I’m looking forward to seeing you guys at least three times on tour this year, can’t wait for Red Rocks! Go Gauchos!

  6. Vicente S. 805 Mad Hatter
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    Man gree up in I.V. and snuck in to see them all the time and also The Oles and Iration
    Mad love to u

  7. Kelly Parker
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    💜💜💜💜

  8. Kelly
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    Good Vibes, Good Times and Great people! So happy to have Rebelution in my life!
    Your the man, Mackle!!

  9. Kevin Rafferty
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    What a beautiful world it would be indeed ❤️💛💚🎼🤙🏼🐬

  10. Jaye Ramirez
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    Sounds awesome! I’m originally from Bakersfield, CA. living in Big Sky Country In Montana. I love Montana but I miss Cali and the beaches. I have many fine memories of camping at the beach with my family. Sending blessings from MT! ❤️💛💚

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