The longest continuously run reggae festival in the United States is back for its 32nd edition this summer.
As the saying goes: “You are not good because you are old, you are old because you are good”. There is not another reggae festival in the United States that compares to Reggae on the River in Humboldt County, California. Since 1983, Reggae on the River has showcased some of the most prominent touring acts in the reggae genre.
Over past editions, Reggae on the River has featured performances by Damian Marley,Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Alborosie, Don Carlos, Pablo Moses, Tarrus Riley, The Congos, Katchafire, Stick Figure and Collie Buddz, just to name a few. The 2016 edition of Reggae on the River follows suit.
For the 32nd annual Reggae on the River, the full lineup includes Sizzla, Protoje, King Yellowman, Million Stylez, Jesse Royal, Big Youth, U-Roy, Gappy Ranks, Sister Carol, Ziggi Recado, House of Shem, Anthony B, New Kingston, Kranium & Agent Sasco, Soul Syndicate Reunion, Mad Professor, Marty Dread, Randy Valentine, Keznamdi, Jah9, Locos Por Juana, Dubtronic Kru, Newan Afrobeat, Lion D, Raphael, Mr. Williamz, Jah Sun, and many more.
In total, this year’s festival will feature over 40 performers and special guests, gracing the stage in Northern California. Reggae on the River has once continually brought together the best talent in Jamaican reggae, dancehall and roots music to California, while also featuring some of the brightest artists and musicians from the New Zealand, Hawai’i and the mainland United States.
The 32nd annual Reggae on the River Festival will be hosted at French’s Camp in Humboldt County, CA, from August 4-7, 2016.
Tickets are currently on sale in a variety of packages. A three-day pass is available for $200. A four-day pass is available for $250. For those wanting to enjoy the VIP experience, the Ambassador Ultimate Pass is available for $500. Each of these multi-day or VIP passes admits one person for the event and access to camping grounds.
A portion of the purchase of each pass will help benefit outreach programs in Jamaica, such as the Alpha Boys School in Kingston and the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.
For more information on the 32nd annual Reggae on the River, follow the links below.
Reggae on the River Links
Video: Tarrus Riley – “Medley” (Live at Reggae on the River ’15)