July 13 with Reggae and Soca Stars, Cultural Food & Vendors!
On July 13, vibrant West Indian culture takes center stage in Roswell, GA with the first Roswell Caribbean Festival.Presented by the City Of Roswell and Island Blend,the family-friendly event takes place at Riverside Park, and one of its main organizers is Jamaican Lou Brown, a popular figure in entertainment living in nearby Atlanta. He expects a strong turnout given the growing Caribbean communities in metropolitan Georgia. Thecity of Roswell, Georgia played a pivotal role in the South’s cotton industry during the 19th century, especially in the years leading to the Civil War in 1861.
“Atlanta is the new LA (Los Angeles) or New York, so to speak. The Stone Mountain/Decatur areas are our West Indian communities; the Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora is very much vibrant here,” Brown told the Jamaica Observer. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/carib-fest-for-atlanta_165825?profile=1116
Music is also a major component, with a number of famous acts scheduled to perform. They include Yellowman, Benjy Myaz, Chyna Nicole, Hezron Clarke, Junior Holt, and Sophia Brown from Jamaica; Ayana from Barbados, Mycal Sumner from St Kitts/Nevis, K’reema (Yellowman’s daughter) and more.
Advance tickets are available now for $25 on Eventbrite, Day of Show Tickets will be $40,
or $30 with a donation of canned food for North Fulton Charities. Children 12 & under are free.
For its inaugural show, the Roswell Caribbean Festival will feature booths showcasing Caribbean culture and commerce. Brown said entrepreneurs and businesses from the region get an opportunity to showcase their products. They are now accepting vendors, please email or call for more information. Media partners are encouraged to apply for press credentials this month via email.
Festival producer Lou Brown is from Allman Town in central Kingston. He migrated to the United States in the early 1990s, and initially lived in New York, but moved to Atlanta later that decade. Since 2001, he has hosted the Island Blend show on various radio stations in Atlanta. The Roswell Caribbean Festival is his latest venture. Proceeds support the “Friends of Roswell” and “I Love Lucea Foundation”
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