John Brown’s Body will headline 25th Annual Bud Light Reggae Fest
25th anniversary of annual springtime festival to feature eight bands and reduced ticket prices
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – Sugarloaf’s Bud Light Reggae Festival, the annual party that draws thousands of spring skiing and reggae enthusiast to the mountain of Maine, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year on April 11-14.
To commemorate the anniversary, this year’s festival will feature eight bands playing day and night, a spectacular fireworks show, and reduced ticket prices, including free admission to Friday night’s annual “Reggae Rave.”
John Browns Body, a group that has been referred to as “America’s best reggae band” will headline this year’s festival, with support from Boston-based Mighty Mystic. Renegade Soundstation will once again host the Friday night “Reggae Rave,” five additional bands will perform on three different stages throughout the weekend, and a spectacular fireworks show will light up the night to commemorate 25 years as the premier spring skiing festival in the East.
Hailed as “both reverent and revolutionary” by the New York Daily News, John Brown’s Body has performed together as a group for more than a decade, and is currently on tour in support of its latest studio release, Pressure Points. John Brown’s Body will perform in the King Pine Room at Sugarloaf on Saturday night; doors open at 9pm.
Citing influences as varied as Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, and 311, John Brown’s Body has developed a reputation for originality, poignancy, and energetic live performances. The seven-member group features a roots-style reggae sound, but incorporates dub, drum & bass, dancehall, hip hop and other musical explorations to create a sound booth timeless and forward. The group has shared the stage with a wide variety of performers, including Jurassic 5, The Dave Matthew’s Band, Lauryn Hill, and Damian Marley.
Mighty Mystic, a Boston-based reggae band that has become a fan-favorite at Reggae Fest, will open for John Brown’s Body.
The Reggae Rave, now in its third year, will run from 9pm-12am on Friday night on The Beach, and will feature dancehall reggae from Boston-based Renegade Sound Station, as well as professional lighting and sound, bringing the nightclub experience to the outdoors.
Access to this year’s Reggae Fest will be easier than ever as well. All outdoor music on the Beach will be free and open to all ages, and Friday night’s Reggae Rave will be free and open to anyone 21 or over. Tickets for Saturday night’s headliners are just $19 when purchased in advance ($29 day-of), and will provide access to both the King Pine Room and the Widowmaker Lounge.
The Reggae Rave, King Pine Room concert, and all Widowmaker Lounge shows are 21-plus only and proper ID is required. All outdoor shows on Saturday are open to all ages. No outside alcohol may be brought into any venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search.
All-inclusive ski and stay packages are also available for Reggae Weekend starting as low as $129 per person per night, and include lodging, lift ticket, access to the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center, and a Good Vibes Pass.
For more information on Sugarloaf and the Bud Light Reggae Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/reggae.
About Sugarloaf – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.