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Friday, April 24, 2009

Reggae Rising Announces Early-Bird Ticket Specials

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Rising Star: Queen Ifrica - MARCO DIFLORIO
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There's just something about the end of summer/beginning of

fall in Humboldt County.

A certain, slightly pungent smell in the air, perhaps? Or maybe it's the annual

Reggae Rising festival, resurrected from the ashes of Reggae on the River and back

for one more irie bacchanal of sun, music, arts & crafts, campground

drinking, late-night dancehall sessions, and inner-tube chilling (which apparently is much more fun on 'shrooms, we hear). As is usually the case with Big Freakin'

Music Events Way Out in the Middle of Nowhere (but a nice nowhere), those who

plan ahead are rewarded with cheaper ticket prices: $99 (limit of 8). Considering

some festival prices are well past triple-digit range, that's a deal. Camping

is extra, though.


So, how's Reggae Rising doing? Looks good so far. This year's

lineup is still being added to--as usual, it often hinges on the, ahem, Visa

status of Jamaican artists--but at this early date, here's who it's looking

like: a smattering of legends (Marcia Griffiths, Aswad, The Original Wailers, Ras

Michael, Tony Rebel), current stars (Gentleman, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah, Rootz Underground), and up-and-comers (Andrew

Diamond, Bobby T and the Magical). The final lineup should be a big harvest of

talent, as always.

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