WATERFRONT REGGAE FESTIVAL
EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION:
Saturday, August 12th
Gates Open at High Noon | Music Starts at Noon
Bold Point Park on the East Providence Waterfront!
Ten hours of live entertainment!
$41 advance/$51 day-of event
Rocksteady Pass* – $80 advance and day-of event, limited quantities (details below)
Kids 12 and under are FREE with a paying adult.
General Admission event, no reserved seating, re-entry is allowed throughout the day.
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Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has not only made significant contributions to Reggae music since inception, but, has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like Push Come to Shove, Africa Here I Come, I Was Born A Winner, Guantanamera, his signature Big Ship, Lock Dem’ Down and Bangarang (both chart topping hits from album “Comin’ in Tough”) and American soul classics like, Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely (by Main Ingredient) and Can I Change My Mind (by Tyrone Davis). Today Freddie celebrates the release of his latest album entitled “True to My Roots” which has topped US and Caribbean Reggae music charts and debuted at #10 on the Billboard Reggae Music Charts. He is currently on the second half of his True to My Roots world tour and is planning his Spring/Summer 2017 schedule.
Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music. This artiste has been steadfast in his mission to represent the poor and oppressed, using sharp lyrics to confront political injustices and bring the issues of the people to the forefront. In the process, he has raised the quality of performance standards and lyrical content for the industry, through the release of 13 albums, over 1000 singles and appearances on over 100 albums in the last 14 years.
Anthony B’s rich vocals and audacious lyrics carry a depth and substance which is rare in the industry. Internationally, his fan-base has grown because he speaks about the universal concerns of suffering and salvation. “The greatest thing about reggae music is that it’s about concepts and ideas,” says the artiste, “you are speaking to people on issues they live and can relate to.”
Junior Kelly born Keith Morgan on September 23, 1970, who is among Jamaica’s finest Conscious Voices, Songwriter extraordinaire and Reggae Music’s most prolific exponent, has released over 20 albums and over 1,000 singles. He has recently released his 10th studio album “Urban Poet” for Austrian based label Irie Vibrations..
Junior Kelly feels confident that this album will be a game changer similar to his mega hit “Love so Nice”, and hopes that it will shine a light on Reggae Music and provide Reggae fans with much needed salvation, substance and food for thought, to uplift them in these difficult times.
The album is a Masterpiece that Junior Kelly describes as “Pop Culture”, where Roots & Culture meets Pop, which is an eclectic mix culminating with incredible live riddims, exciting musicianship and vocal artistry at its best. Junior Kelly claims it as his best work to date and is extremely happy with the outcome, as it is the first time he was able to have such artistic freedom. He states “it was an absolute pleasure working with Irie Vibrations as they listened to me and gave me full autonomy to express myself.”
The album has 16 beautiful tracks which encompass more than just Reggae, a little dancehall, RnB, Soul, Jazz and shows the artiste’s growth and maturity, from the Reggae infused “High Hopes”, “Power to the People”, “No Dig It Up” to the smooth RnB tracks “Sneak Peek”, “Stay With Me” and “In Love” to the soul searching “No one is Higher” and “Everybody Needs Somebody” to the Jazzy “Hooked on Mary”, this album will leave you on a musical high!
It was Junior Kelly’s game changing roots reggae mega hit single “Love So Nice” that established him as a star throughout Jamaica in the year 2000. Kelly’s breakthrough song pondered a universal question most people ask at least once: “If love so nice, tell me why it hurt so bad?” Kelly’s commanding juxtaposition of precisely timed, deejayed rhymes and melodic singing, coupled with his vivid story telling abilities, took the song to the top of the Jamaican charts, a position it held for 15 weeks, making it the island’s longest charting number one tune for 2000, the last of it’s kind to date, and brought about a stunning introductory album for US based Distributor VP Records, of the same name “Love So Nice”, which was released on January 25, 2001.
The success of this epic song and colossal album created an enthralling introduction to the global music landscape and formed a demand for Kelly’s music throughout The Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and the World at large, with sold out concerts establishing him as a headline act and a significant force within the highly competitive Reggae landscape, in addition to earning numerous awards and major success on several international charts.
Since his debut, Junior Kelly released a succession of hit singles and several albums, furthering his renown as a skillful mediator between traditional roots music’s spirituality, social conscience and dancehall’s gritty everyday realism. Junior Kelly oft utilizes rich, multi textured one-drop rhythms which propel Kelly’s thoughtful lyrics into selections that stir the soul as readily as they move your feet.
Junior Kelly’s lyrics, coupled with his heartfelt, nuanced delivery, augurs well for Reggae music’s future while solidifying his prominence among a new generation of Jamaican cultural standard bearers.
Keron “Kabaka Pyramid” Salmon is a multi-talented artist and producer hailing from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical style blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop. He is based out of the Bebble Rock Music camp and through his liquid and hypnotizing delivery spreads the positive messages of spirituality and conscious evolution that forces you to listen.
The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and the long lasting survival of the Pyramids of ancient Africa represent his desire for longevity in the music and deep connection to Kemetic roots; leaving messages for generations to come.
Taj Weekes is a dreadlocked Rastafarian musician, bred in the Caribbean but shaped by intercontinental life experience. A more significant answer would be that he is a creative, poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa. And there’s an additional, highly significant answer, just as true as the first two. Taj is an unwavering, energetic humanitarian whose dedication extends beyond his song lyrics into his social activism, an activism that has culminated in his official role with the United Nations as “UNICEF Champion for Children” and his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO).
Aside from brains, a heart, and a great smile, he has four acclaimed albums of musically adventurous reggae. A fifth, “Love Herb and Reggae,” is arriving in 2015, to be supported by a year-long tour. Taj is remarkable too in that, although a formidable idealist, he nonetheless maintains an unblinking and sophisticated view of the world. This balance between seeing what is and seeking what should be clearly powers his social activism. It also imbues his songs with a pragmatic, non-judgmental optimism that is not merely unusual in reggae, but almost unique. So what makes Taj Weekes special can be summarized in three words: MUSICIAN. POET. HUMANITARIAN. What makes him astonishing is the easy and unforced harmony among all these facets of his existence.
Adowa is a disciplined team of talented musicians from differing cultures and with broad musical influences that backs Taj Weekes live and on recordings. The name salutes the battle of Adowa in 1896, which ensured sovereignty for Ethiopia and proved crucial in the advancement of African independence and pride. Adowa’s specific line-up alternates from time to time, but at a typical gig you might see a bassist from Dominica steeped in soca, a classically trained keyboardist with roots in Barbados, a Jamaican reggae stalwart on drums, a Trinidadian guitarist, and backup singers from yet another island. What’s consistent is that the eclectic styles and tastes of its members ensure a freshness and inventiveness to Adowa’s arrangements. The faces may change, but the excellent musicianship, and the vibe, remain.
The Natural Element band brings Reggae vibes infusing all the element of true beat music. Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Afro-Beat. With a true love for music.
Ambient Vibes Provided By:
DJ Realm of Omega Sound and DJ Matik
ROCKSTEADY VIP PASS
For the ultimate reggae fan – this exclusive ticket includes all-day admission, access to a private lounge with seating to hang and take a break from the scene, cocktail service and a complimentary island cocktail or Red Stripe beer. (Can be purchased online only.)
REGGAE PIT (FOOD & BEVERAGE)
We will have full bars featuring Red Stripe beer, island cocktails, wine and other offerings.
- Saugy’s Hot Dogs: Hot dogs + chips
- Aunt Birdies Caribbean Cuisine: Jerk chicken, curry/stew chicken, oxtail, escovitch fish, curry goat, rice + peas, Jamaican patties, cod fish cakes, fried plantains
- Frozen Hoagies: Cookie ice cream sandwiches, frappes, cookies
- New Kingston Jamaican Restaurant: Jerk chicken, BBQ chicken, fry chicken, fish, rice & peas, coco bread
- Tina’s Jamaican: Jerk chicken, fish, rice + peas, veggies and patties
- Solar Cart Café: Baked sweet potato falafel with chipotle aioli dipping sauce served with a side of cucumber + red onion salad, spicy black bean + banana tacos, served with roasted red peppers + onion, cheddar cheese + red cabbage slaw, chipotle quesadilla with black beans, cheddar cheese + red cabbage slaw with a spicy chipotle aioli sauce
- Friskie Fries: French fries – plain & loaded, chicken, pulled pork, hot dogs, slaw
- Gotta Q: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Pork Topped w/ slaw, Pulled Chicken, Pulled Chicken topped w/ slaw, Beef Brisket/Tri-Tip, Mac & Cheese bowls – Plain & Loaded and Smoked Beef Sausage
More info coming!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: HOW DO I GET MY TICKETS AND WHEN IS WILL CALL OPEN?
A: It’s easy to get your tickets! The fastest way to get your tickets is to order online and print them right at home.
To order by phone, call Ticketmaster 1.800.745.3000.
Get tickets in person at our advance box office location. Please click here for location and hours.
Day-of ticket sales will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning at 10am on the day of the event.
Will Call tickets will be available at the event office at Bold Point Park, located right near the event entrance, beginning 1 hour prior to gates opening on the day of the event.
Q: ARE KIDS FREE?
A: A: Yes! Kids 12 and under are free with an adult and don’t need a general admission ticket. PLEASE NOTE: A paid Rocksteady VIP ticket is required for all guests over the age of 2.
Q: IF IT RAINS, DOES THE EVENT GO ON?
A: Of course! The event is rain or shine and you are welcome to bring an umbrella if it does rain.
Q: MY TICKET SAYS “GA”. ARE THERE ANY SEATS AT THE EVENT OR CAN I BRING A CHAIR OR BLANKET?
A: “GA” refers to General Admission. While we do have limited seating at our food & beverage areas, we do not have reserved seating at the event and we do not have seating in front of the stage. This is a general admission “standing room/festival style” event. You are welcome to bring a blanket or chair with you to enjoy the event, however we do not allow them to be set up directly in front of the stage, for safety reasons.
Q: HOW DO I GET TO THE EVENT, AND WHERE DO I PARK?
A: Click here for details on parking information.
Q: CAN I BRING A COOLER WITH FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EVENT?
A: While we don’t allow outside food and beverage to be brought into the event there will be plenty available for purchase. Additionally, we do not allow coolers or large bags into the event, primarily for safety purposes. Please click here to check out our Bold Point Park policies page for more details.
Q: WILL THERE BE BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Absolutely! We will have full bars featuring Red Stripe beer, island cocktails, wine and other offerings.
Q: WILL THERE BE FOOD AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
A: Of course! The Reggae Pit offers authentic Jamaican food including jerk chicken, meat pies, curry goat, and snapper fish. Plus, casual festival fare like burgers, dogs, fries, and much more!
Q: CAN I RE-ENTER THE EVENT IF I LEAVE ?
A: Yes! You will be able to re-enter the event throughout the day and night.
Q: ARE PETS WELCOME AT THE FESTIVAL?
A: We love those furry friends, but unless they are certified assistance service animals unfortunately we cannot allow them inside the event.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND ALL OF THE EVENT POLICIES?
A. Click here for a full list of the event policies.
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