Jul 05, 2018 Latest Reggae News
RudeBwoy 3ntertainment presents: 7th Annual Island Reggae Festival
July 14, 2018, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111
Festival hours: 11am-11pm
Kids 5 and under free
Parking not included in admission
Tickets available now through Eventbrite
Artist Lineup: Fiji, Katchafire, Sammy J, Aaradhna, Sons of Zion, Aziel, with special guest Siaosi, Finn, Jordan T, Samiielz, Junior Maile, A Dough, Cutthroat Mode, Lomez Brown, Na Drua, David Rhythm & Lacey Redhead
RudeBwoy 3ntertainment presents the 7th annual Island Reggae Festival held July 14, 2018 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San Jose, California.
Island Reggae Festival is delighted to announce the addition of Sammy J to the 2018 billing.
Back by popular demand after his 2017 performance singing originals with positive messages colored with soulful, R&B vibes over one drop reggae rhythms.. The artist has recorded 12 albums, the latest, SLEEPWALKER was released earlier in 2018. The video for his popular love song “Fall In Love” has been viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube. Sammy J whose given name Sammy Johnson, once held a position as a social worker with troubled youths making a difference as a mentor with Maori cultural background before his career in the music industry took off.
The event offerings at the 7th annual Island Reggae Festival include music on two stages with live reggae, pop, hip-hop and R& B,from around the Pacific Rim. The event also features an
Island Dance Showcase with troupes from varied Polynesian cultures represented. There are unlimited carnival rides for children as well as a free Diabetes Awareness clinic. Held offsite at a local athletic field is the annual Youth Rugby 7’s tournament. The gates open at 11am and the event concludes at 11pm. Discounted tickets are on sale now through islandreggaefest.com and the Eventbrite ticketing platform.
Returning to headline the Island Reggae Fest 2018 stage is the legendary Fiji whose stage name reflects his cultural background and whose golden voice has made him a pioneer of the Island Reggae sound as its most well-known artist paving the way for the careers of many others in the genre, whom he has personally mentored, recorded, and co-wrote with throughout the years. Island Reggae Festival fans welcome the artist by singing along word for word with his set of well-loved songs. Fiji performs in celebration of his June 22, 2018 greatest hits release of 50 songs entitled COLLECTION: 50th STATE OF MIND.
New Zealand’s Katchafire was formed by lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of lead singer Logan Bell and drummer, vocalist & songwriter Jordan Bell. This 8-piece band has toured extensively performing on many of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury in the UK. The Katchafire band’s recorded music including four highly successful studio albums and numerous singles with platinum sales certification remain a mainstay on Island Reggae playlists. An all-Maori reggae band, their sound is built on the foundation of classic roots reggae, with additional R&B, dancehall and funk influences that combine to present one of the greatest reggae shows on the scene today. Katchafire released a new 12 song reggae album entitled LEGACY June 1st.
Island Reggae Fest welcomes Aaradhna, a female R&B influenced singer who hails from New Zealand and is of Samoan and Indian descent. She’s built a steady fanbase by writing and releasing soulful, personal songs since 2004. All of four of her albums have gone on to become top 20 hits. Her 2016 album Brown Girl debuted at number one in New Zealand and addressed issues of racism she’s faced as a mixed-race New Zealander.
Sons of Zion are a band from New Zealand who fuse Rock, Dub, R&B with Reggae. They first came on the scene in 2009 and since that time have released a string of hits including “Be My Lady”, “Good Love”, “That Enough” and more. Touring New Zealand numerous times, they have performed numerous sold out shows both in the Pacific Rim and in the U.S.
Legendary San Francisco Bay native of Samoan descent, Aziel will bring his R&B influenced sound with songs like “Fall In Love Again” from his 2005 album Take You Away to the IRF 2018 audience. He won the Hawaii Music Award for Best R&B artist in 2006.
Performing with Aziel as a special guest is Siaosi, (pronounced: See-ow-see) was born Siaosi Kakala Taulani Jr. in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a singing member with Inoa’ole. he topped the charts with such #1 hits like “Take This Raft”, “Ta’u Koula”, and “Pretty Island Woman”. His latest single as a solo artist is “Kick Back” released in June. Siaosi also tours year round as a support vocalist with J-Boog and the Hot Rain Band.
Finn (born Haifine Latapu) also known as Finn The Groovah is originally from South Sacramento, California. He grew up listening to Tongan folk music from his parents. His music is heavily influenced by R&B as heard on songs like his current single “Yeah Baby”.
With a growing audience of over 2.5 million streams on Spotify alone, Jordan T has toured the world performing on many of the world’s most prestigious festival stages including California Roots in the U.S., Summerjam in Germany and Rototom in Spain. His high energy performance style, soaring vocals over roots reggae songwriting influenced by vintage soul melodies combined with world class production values on hits like “Sunset Tonight” and “Close To You” make him a part of the next generation of Island Reggae.
Rising star A Dough comes to Island Reggae Festival with his hip-hop influenced lyrical flow over pop & R& B rhythms. His latest single is “Slow Down” a duet with fellow Island Reggae Festival artist Fiji.
Sammielz returns to IRF 2018 coming from Sydney, Australia he was born and raised in New Zealand. Performing as a solo artist since 2001, he’s got a stack of hits to perform including “Let Us Be” and “Good Vibes”.
Influenced by his Polynesian heritage, Junior Maile, Samoan on his mother’s side and Tongan on his father’s side has a unique vocal style that has its origins in the church where he began singing at the age of five! His R&B, soul and gospel vocal sound can be found in the one drop reggae song “When I’m Gone” with its uplifting lyrics, it has over 1 million plays on You Tube.
Hailing from San Mateo, California Cutthroat Mode is made up of three members, Rich Rollin with his rap delivery, Juice Boi with conscious lyrical content and Mr. Musik with his uptempo vibes. Their most recent EP – Eastside, was released in 2017.
With his cultural heritage centered in the Maori of New Zealand and the Cook Islands
Lomez Brown mixes Reggae with HipHop and R&B to create feel good music with an island flavor. Based in Auckland, New Zealand his songwriting is inspired by his present day role as a youth worker in the school system. Singing hit songs like “All My Life” & “Luvin Comes Down”, Lomez Brown will make his first ever appearance at Island Reggae Festival 2018.
Twin brothers Semi & Jona Qoro grew up in the islands of Hawaii and Fiji, their group name
Na Drua means “twins” in Fijian. They have had deep love for island and reggae music and their family friend Sione Liufau is also part of the group that sing smooth three part harmonies accompanied by ukulele and guitar rhythms.
David Rhythm was born in Hawaii and raised in Utah. A multi-instrumentalist whose oriingal songs blend island reggae and R& B, he was a contestant in season 6 of the NBC series The Voice.
Lacy Redhead is a singer and songwriter whose deep lyrics display a reflection of her life journey. Soon to release her first music video paired with a single, this up and coming passionate creator has amazing energy that is sure to grasp your heart.
A family-friendly event, each year unlimited, free carnival rides and games are available for ages 12 and under. The event will feature over thirty merchandise and food vendors with Pacific Islands menu offerings as well as some of the best in festival food favorites.
The Island Dance Showcase will present dance groups and styles from various islands in the South Pacific including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand in the Expo building on the festival grounds. Also hosted in the Expo building is an Art Exhibit- Pasifik Inceptions sponsored by Vikatolia Puni.
Returning in 2018 is the Youth Rugby 7’s Tournament. Rugby is a popular sport in the South Pacific Islands. This year the tournament will invite youths from the ages 8 to 14 known to participate as well as high school aged rugby players. The winners of each age group will be announced on the main stage and receive a hand-crafted Island Reggae Festival plaque inscribed with their team name.
The 7th Annual Island Reggae Festival will also include a Diabetes Awareness initiative in
partnership with Foothill Community Health Clinic.
Tickets are available on line through the Island Reggae Festival website islandreggaefest.com through Eventbrite or at regional ticket outlets in the weeks to come in the Peninsula Area, San Francisco, North, East and South Bay, Sacramento, Stockton and Monterey areas.