If you are like most SoFlo reggae enthusiasts you’ve had this date marked on your calendar for a long time.
On Sunday, October 9 reggae vibes will fill our salty air as 8 bands take the Guanabanas stage for a daylong celebration. This year marks the 4th year for this much-anticipated event.
Bands include Through The Roots, Josh Heinrichs, Bryce Allyn Band, Sun-Dried Vibes, Tropidelic, The Helmsmen, Roots Shakedown, and Casey Turner. Music cranks up at 1:00pm so get their early and stake out your seats.
According to Roots Music Production’s Matt Cahur, the event has evolved over the years to include more than just reggae. “We are introducing our fans to newer bands incorporating not only reggae, but elements of funk, rock, and folk. Fans will enjoy over 9 hours of reggae-influenced music from 8 different bands from across North America, including Hawaii. With Jamaica and the Caribbean so close it’s not hard for that music scene to be injected into our culture, and that’s a big reason reggae is so popular here.”
Sponsors Islamorada Beer Company and Sailor Jerry’s Rum will make sure no one goes thirsty all afternoon. Islamorada will have a tap takeover, sampling stations as well as a beer tent. There is no cover (nice), and free valet parking (very nice—-tip the guys). And of course, Guanabanas has some of the most amazing, fresh seafood anywhere.
There are few live music events like this one. We’ll see you there on Sunday October 9th, at the Dirty River Reggae Fest.