The annual "One Love One Heart Reggae Festival" is revving up for its fifth year with a full-blown lineup of international performers. The schedule includes artists from Jamaica, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Ethiopia, our home town Sacramento, and many more.
The Festival headliners are the award winning Glen Washington and Prezident Brown. Washington’s "smooth, raspy, bass voice" has been compared to Beres Hammond. Washington says he "regards it as a compliment" because Beres is one of his favorite entertainers. "With the release of over forty singles and eleven albums in four years, Washington has established himself as not only a singer but, also as a gifted songwriter who penned his own songs."
Washington states that, “As a drummer backing other artists, I have toured the world, playing in countries like Japan, North, South and Central America, all over Europe and all the Caribbean Islands. Now I am repeating those trips as the featured artist, and it’s a great feeling to see thousands of fans coming out for my performances."
Prezident Brown is recognized as "a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement." He "entertains, informs and inspires" and surges forward in the genre with an extensive performing career which began in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica where he was born. "His mother called him Junior Ranking because he would grab the microphone and chant at schoolyard and country dances."
The global Reggae Festival runs August 31 through September 1, 2013 at the Rio Ramaza Marina on the Sacramento River. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and yummy food vendors will be on site with chicken, tri-tip and sandwiches by King of Kings BBQ, Mexican traditionals like tacos, burritos and tappas by Carlos Tacos, Roasted Corn, Kettle Corn by Javadog Concession, all natural sodas, teas, juices and lemonades by the festival sponsor Senuca, and refreshing snow cones by Sophia’s Snow Chic. Additional food vendors will provide a variety of choices for snacks, lunch and dinner while the music rolls out from morning to night.
Other top notch bands that will perform at the One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival include Alika, the amazing female vocalist from Argentina, and Danny-I, Army, Junior Toots, Arkaingelle, Reggae Angels, K’Nova, The Servants, Blakk-I, Jah Thunder Wisdom, Ras Indio, Junior X straight from Jamaica, and Misael with Latin Reggae from Puerto Rico.
But, the music doesn’t stop there, not at all. The incredible lineup of musicians brings a full spectrum of Reggae styles and performers. Saturday and Sunday’s venue will also bring ValuFa, a very young Polynesian family band from Oakland, IrieFuse previously known as Counter Culture, and Sacramento’s local favorite Arden Park Roots. And, the list goes on with Keyser Soze from Lake Tahoe with an amazing full instrument Ska band that just finished touring Europe, King Hopeton out of Jamaica, Abja from St. Croix and now hailing locally from Grass Valley, United District, Lusica Luvulo and Grace Taholo.
Additional entertainment will include fire dancers and hula hoopers and proceeds will benefit Pacers for Peace affiliated with the nonprofit "I Am Peace." The festival is stated by the organizors to be a "community event focused on celebrating the diversity that defines our Sacramento area.
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