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Summertime means reggae music in Sacramento and throughout the region

It’s summertime!  The solstice has passed. The sun and heat are upon us (note: at the time of publication, it’s actually raining. Climate Change), and the sound of music is in the air.  Summer is a time for all sorts of indoor and outdoor shows featuring bands and performers from all kinds of genres and backgrounds.  A particular capital city and regional favorite is Reggae.

Sacramento music lovers are no strangers to great reggae.  This past weekend alone, Fiji performed at Ace of Spades, Urbanfire performed at Swabbie’s, and Zion Roots released a new CD at Harlow’s.  All of that happened on the same night.  Tough choice for music lovers who presumably would go see all three shows if only they were at different times, on different days, or perhaps playing one after another at a festival.  Indeed, festivals are what we love.  Great lineups, great values, and a great experience for the whole family as most are all ages events.

Sacramentans need not be denied.  The second annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival comes to South Shore this weekend.  Held outdoors at the Montbleu Resort, this year’s lineup features SOJA, Alpha Blondy, Stick Figure, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Passafire, Island of Black and White, J*Ras, and Sacramento’s very own Squarefield Massive who is just coming off a show with headliner Inner Circle at Harlow’s.  SOJA recently performed at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and has not announced any plan to perform in Sacramento as of the time of publication.

Occasionally, however, there’s an amazing single headliner show in town that is a must see whether or not festivals are preferred.  Reggae icons Steel Pulse will perform at Ace of Spades on July 6.  Island of Black and White will return to the region to open for Arden Park Roots at Ace of Spades on July 19, followed by The Dirty Heads and The Expendables on July 31. Just as you think you might get a night of rest, J Boog and Hot Rain will take the stage at Ace of Spades the very next day, August 1.  Check out the Ace of Spades website for more information, a complete calendar, and to purchase show tickets.

That same day also marks the beginning of the nearly thirty year old Reggae on the River festival that this year celebrates a return to French Camp. This year’s festival features Julian Marley and the Uprising Band, J Boog and Hot Rain with Aaradhna, Nkulee Dube, Rootz Underground, and many more.  For a complete lineup and further information, see the Reggae on the River website.

Looking farther forward, the fifth annual One Love One Heart reggae music festival returns to the area on August 31 and September 1.  That event features Glen Washington, Junior Toots, Reno’s Keyser Soze, and many more.  Lineup and ticketing information is available on the One Love One Heart website.

Unlike most reggae shows in the area, the Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival is an all-ages and family-friendly event.  Adult tickets are $40, kids age 12 and under are $10, and children under age 6 are free.  Tickets for this weekend’s Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival can be purchased through the PR Entertainment website, through Ticketmaster, or by calling the Montbleu box office at 888-829-7630.

For more information on shows at Harlow’s, check out the venue website, as well as that of frequent show promoter SBL Entertainment.  For more information on shows at Swabbie’s, check out their website.  For a comprehensive listing of all regional reggae music events happening throughout the year, check out the Reggae Festival Guide.

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