If it’s getting too hot for you, then head up to Amelia Island this Saturday to catch the ocean breeze and chill out to some nice reggae vibes. The Amelia Island Sunsplash, a free reggae concert series at the beach, kicked off in June and has been giving area residents something to look forward to each month.
This month, the series continues on August 7 with live music from Scholar’s Word and Fourth Dimension. This Saturday’s events begin with a 9 a.m. beach cleanup, followed by an official ESA surfing contest, and a sandcastle competition. Like the previous weekends, 4-on-4 beach volleyball games will be ongoing from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The highlight of the Sunsplash is the reggae music, of course. Scholar’s Word takes the stage at 1 p.m. The foursome specializes in conscious roots and dub, and has been touring up and down the East Coast this summer promoting their latest release, Perseverance. At 4 p.m., South Florida based Fourth Dimension takes over, with their bilingual Spanish-English roots reggae sound. The group played in the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV official concert series, and has opened for Julian Marley and Steel Pulse, among others. Their latest album, Invazion, was nominated for Best Reggae Song and Best Reggae Album in the 2009 JPF Awards.
Beach access is closed to vehicles during the Sunsplash, but a comfortable shuttle ride is available. To access it, park at the K-mart parking lot at 1525 Sadler Rd. in Fernandina Beach, and the shuttle will pick you up and drop you off directly at the beach access. The ride is cheap-only $1 per way per passenger, and most importantly, air-conditioned.
For more information or to register for the sandcastle contest or open volleyball, visit the Amelia Island Sunsplash website. Stay tuned to this column for pictures and a recap of the event. See you there!