Barrington Levy, Ben Harper, Steel Pulse, Stranger, One Drop, Stephen Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Vegitation, Groundation… I could go on, and on. Reggae is one of my favorite genres of music. Something about the vibes – it’s as if you’re carried away, moved, by the rhythm of the drums, keyboard, bass. And something about the tunes always makes me feel so alive.
Before I moved to Portland, Maine, I would attend reggae shows pretty regularly in San Diego. Going to reggae shows was like going to a happy hour, or a dinner. One of my personal favorites in terms of events? The Karl Strauss Beach to Brew Fest, put on annually outdoors with great beer and guaranteed killer music. While there is a great music scene here in Portland, it doesn’t seem like reggae is quite as popular. While I did have the pleasure of seeing Barrington Levy at Port City Music Hall a couple of months ago (shout out to Port City for brining in amazing talent – consistently), I haven’t seen any of my other favorites around town before or since then.
It’s a good thing we have Sugarloaf Mountain up the road.
Reggae Fest, brought to you by the one and only Sugarloaf Mountain, is fast-approaching – and I’m stoked! What could be better than spending a weekend spring skiing and jammin’ to reggae? The party kicks off Thursday, April 11 and continues through the weekend until Sunday, April 14. What’s exciting about this year in particular? Reggae Fest is turning 25! I’m talking fireworks, a party on the patio at the Beach, and special, live music for everyone to enjoy all weekend long.
So if you don't have plans for the weekend of April 12, I suggest you marker in Sugarloaf's Reggae Fest. It's going to be a reggae party you don't want to miss.