Thursday, August 05, 2004

Reggae On The River 2004

Tomorrow kicks off the 21st installment of Reggae On The River taking place in Northern California along the Eel River, at French's Camp in Piercy, California. That's approximately 200 miles North of San Francisco, 75 miles South of Eureka. It's an event that had humble beginnings and a positive mission of raising money for a local community center. About 1200 people made the trek out into the countryside the first year - enough to plant the seeds for what has become an internationally known annual event attracting fans and top performers from all over the world. Here's this year's line-up:

*** FRIDAY (August 6)***
Bunny Wailer, Ozomatli, Messenger Showcase featuring Luciano and special guests Dean Fraser, Mikey General and Jah Messenjah Band, Kekele, Daude, Nasio Fontaine, Quinto Sol, Leon and the Peoples, Soul Majestic w/ special guest Prince Rastan, Loco Bloco, Native American Opening Ceremony

*** SATURDAY (August 7)***
Capleton, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage, Mr. Vegas, Warrior King, Detour Posse, Wisdom featuring Radio Active, Thicker Than Thieves, Groundation, NPK

*** SUNDAY (August 8)***
Steel Pulse, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Midnite, Easy Star All-Stars, Crazy, 3Suns, Tanya Stephens, Bayanga, Abdel Wright, The I-Deals

It's sure to be three days filled with upful and bright music... I'd really like to catch the Easy Star All-Stars doing Dub Side of the Moon LIVE... Bunny, Morgan Heritage, Groundation and so much more!!!!

Wish you could be there? If you are going, send us a note after the show. If you can't be there, here's the good news: This past weekend I got the chance to enjoy the 20th Anniversary edition on the DVD that was just released - big screen with a great sound system - I can tell you that it is without question the best Reggae Festival video ever released. The two disc package puts it right up there with Woodstock and The Last Waltz as far as concert videos go. The production quality and sound quality leave little to be desired. Don't miss it - I'm sorry I didn't get to see a theatrical release. You can read more about the DVD and CD in an earlier BLOG entry. If you are not familiar with all of the artists on the track list, don't let it hold you back from getting it - there is not a weak cut in the mix.

BIG UP to the whole Reggae On The River crew - we send Jah Love and Blessings your way this weekend from everyone at - may Joy and PositiVibes abound!

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