Slightly Stoopid, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Sly & Robbie with Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt & Cherine Anderson, Walshy Fire w/ Kabaka Pyramid, J Boog, Stick Figure, Lutan Fyah & Riddem Rebel Band, Junior Kelly, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Ibibio Sound Machine, Dezarie, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, Ken Boothe, Perfect Giddimani, Warrior King & The Rootz Warriors, Nkulee Dube, Nattali Rize,
Winston “Flames” Jarrett, Marla Brown, Prestige, Keida, Ojo de Buey, Sensimilla Dub, Mighty Mystic & The Hard Roots Movement, Yogoman Burning Band, Tatanka,
Mystic Roots Band, Irie Rockers, Altar Tones, and a very special showcase with Woven Roots featuring JahDan Blakkamoore, Messenjah Selah, Army, Winstrong, Luv Fyah & Travis Roots. Special guests Young Shanty, Rocker T, Teoman & Rob Symeonn, additional DJs, sound systems and special guest artists will be announced.
REGGAE ON THE RIVER 2017 BRINGS ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
The 2017 Reggae on the River artist lineup draws from the wellspring of reggae’s greatest songwriters, singers and musicians from around the globe, offering something for every Reggae lover. Artists that have shaped the music since its origins in Jamaica, those that make rare US appearances, groups that are part of the expansive global family of reggae musicians are all part of this year’s roster.
Headliners include Assasin aka Agent Sasco an artist who has continued in the path of the firestorm of Jamaican dancehall that influences so many of today’s popular tunes. Agent Sasco’s lyrical bars are found in Hiphop collaborations with artists Kendrick Lamar & Kanye West.
Sly & Robbie have performed and recorded as a drum and bass duo on thousands of tracks, they are part of a showcase with Bob Marley’s I-Threes harmony singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt who along with next generation artist Cherine Anderson will perform some of the classics from the catalog as well as individually on tracks that established each of them as solo artists.
West Coast style reggae artists Slightly Stoopid come to the ROTR stage with an all star set of musicians with a full horn section that formulated their sound by learning from some of Jamaican reggae’s greatest mentors.
Kabaka Pyramid performs two sets during ROTR 2017, one withDJ and producer Walshy Fire from Major Lazer as part of their ACCURATE MIXTAPE collaboration to close day one and a set with his band the Bebble Rockers, blending Jamaican rhythms with Hiphop and the artist’s conscious, sharply delivered messages that aim to shake up the status quo.
There are two artists that originate from the foundation of Jamaican Reggae, the first is Ken Boothe, who started out singing pre-Reggae Rocksteady in the 1960’s reaching the top of the Jamaican and British charts and Winston “Flames” Jarrett was part of harmony trio The Flames, chanting over one drop-rhythms beginning in the 1960’s.
Three reggae artists on the 2017 lineup descend from reggae royalty that have passed on; Nkulee Dube form South Africa is the daughter of the late Lucky Dube, she makes her third appearance at ROTR 2017 and Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill continues the legacy of Joseph Hill the lead singer’s late father along with original founding member Albert Walker and longtime harmony singer Telford Nelson. The daughter of the “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Brown, Marla Brown comes from the UK carrying on the prolific tradition of her late father.
The lineup includes reggae from around the world in its hybrid forms including Ojo de Buey from Costa Rica who mix reggae with Salsa, Rock and Electronica. From Brasil come Sensimilla Dub who sing in Portuguese and play “heavy reggae” influenced by deep roots and acid Rock. World music artists Ibibio Sound Machine mix West African funk & disco with post-punk and electonica, evocative Nigerian poetic imagery is set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape that is part of the currrent wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping the globe.
Reggae on the River will also host more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, non-profit booths, a wide choice of food options, a lively KidLandia for the little ones, and the camping, community, and irie vibes that make “Reggae” famous.
Available now are 3 and 4-day passes at regional ticket outlets, a list of which can be found at: reggaeontheriver.com/tickets where you can also make your online purchase through the Eventbrite ticketing system. Available in a limited amount is the Ambassador Pass with the ultimate in perks and access including reserved camping situated closest to the concert bowl, the Ambassador’s Lounge with bar amenities, deluxe restrooms, and access to the side stage viewing deck. RV space is on sale now in limited quantities. If in need of some extra comfort while tent camping, consider making a reservation in the new for 2017 Premier Campground which offers grassy and mixed shade camping situated a short distance from the concert bowl.