This weekend marks the 30th annual Reggae on the River in Humboldt County, CA. Located at French's Camp on Highway 101, Reggae on the River is a musical celebrations of roots reggae, dancehall and global fusions that feature both talented newcomers and reggae's greatest stars. Camping along the Eel River, festival-goers are setting up their tents, swimming in the river and waiting for the music to start. This year features a 3 day main event pass and the new 4 day early arrival ticket which offers an extra day of music and festivities.
The music this year is spectacular, fitting for a 30th anniversary. On Friday, the line up features the German reggae artist Gentleman, Billy McLean of UB40, beloved ska-punk band Fishbone, reggae superstar Michael Rose, and Jamaican reggae including Megah Banton and Sly and Robbie with the Taxi Gang. Saturday's entertainment only gets better. The dancehall music of Marlon Asher and the roots-tronica of Indubius will warm up the stage and Jamaica's Third World, Hawaii's Iration, and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff round out the evening. Incredibly, it doesn't end there. On Sunday, Senegal's Meta and the Cornerstones and Jamaica's female vocalist Jah9 will have their first Northern California appearance. The line up continues with Africa's Zile Misik, the inspirational Israel Vibrations and the Roots Radics and the popular African reggae of Alpha Blondie and the Solar System.
Beyond an amazing line up of music, Reggae on the River offers free onsite camping, DJ performances, the Art Cave that features art that is painted during the live performances. There are over 60 vendors providing food, crafts and information. The Brew Barn is provided for adults and Kidlandia is a play area for the children. So, if you want to get away from your busy world and drench yourself in music, Reggae on the River is the place to go. Now is the time to pack your tent and your swimsuit and soak up some positive vibrations on the dance floor. If you make it, I'll see you there. Happy Reggae!