On Saturday, May 10, the first annual Reggae on the Block Music Festival is slated for downtown Orlando. The single day music festival kicks off at 3 p.m. and will feature two stages of live music along with specialty vendors.
Advance tickets are $20 for general admission or $50 for VIP tickets. The festival will take place at Washington Square on the corner of Orange Ave. and Washington St. in downtown Orlando.
The festival features new artists as well as legendary reggae performers. Music fans can enjoy live music from Orlando bands Savi Fernandez Band and I-Resolution along with Easy Star All-Stars, Katchafire, Pato Banton and The Now Generation, PASSAFIRE, Natty Vibes, The Movement, Mike Pinto, Ojo de Buey, B Side Project, The Hip Abduction and more.
“It’s such a fantastic, diverse lineup of artists within reggae music and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it, especially since it’s going down right here in Orlando,” said Mark McPherson of I-Resolution. “It’s going to be one of those festivals where there literally is something for everyone. [It will be] a great day of not just reggae music, but music in general and good vibes all around. All of us would be going regardless, but needless to say that we’re even more stoked to be able to perform as well alongside many of the artists that inspired us and having the opportunity to represent and bring attention to the reggae scene we have going on here in Orlando.”
“When I first heard this event was happening, I was ecstatic to see so many of the world’s top reggae artists were coming to Orlando,” said saxophone player Christian Ryan. “I’m thrilled to be representing O-Town with I-Resolution and the Savi Fernandez Band. The reggae scene in Orlando (and central Florida) has really been building up these past few years and I believe this event will bear evidence to that and help it continue. I'm excited not only as a performer, but as a fan of reggae music for this festival.”
Washington Square is located at 10 West Washington St. in downtown Orlando.