30th Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival
*Please note: Sunday's schedule Beach entertainment has been moved to the Widowmaker, beginning at 11:30am.*
April 12-15, 2018
Four days of music and non-stop parties at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. Mark your calendars now, for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend! This year's event will feature two headliners on Friday and Saturday nights in the King Pine room, an Outdoor headliner for the first time ever on the Beach, nightly music in The Widowmaker, reggae DJs at Bullwinkle's and so much more.
All daytime concerts are free and open to all ages. Tickets are required for nighttime concerts (see below for details).
|Thursday, April 12th||9pm-12:30am||The Widowmaker||The Elovaters *$5 cash cover charge|
|Friday, April 13th||3pm-5:30pm||The Widowmaker||The Alchemystics|
|Friday, April 13th||9pm-12:30am||The Widowmaker||The Alchemystics|
|Friday, April 13th||9pm-10pm||King Pine Room||The Big Takeover|
|Friday, April 13th||10:30pm-12:30am||King Pine Room||The Movement|
|Saturday, April 14th*||11am-12:30pm||The Beach||The Big Takeover|
|Saturday, April 14th*||11am-3pm||Bullwinkles||Green Lion Crew|
|Saturday, April 14th*||1pm-4pm||The Beach||Duppy Conquerors|
|Saturday, April 14th*||4:30pm-6pm||The Beach||New Kingston|
|Saturday, April 14th*||9pm-12:30am||The Widowmaker||The Late Ones|
|Saturday, April 14th*||9pm-10:00pm||King Pine Room||Gorilla Finger Dub|
|Saturday, April 14th*||10:30pm-12:30am||King Pine Room||Through the Roots|
|Sunday, April 15th||11:30am-3:30pm||The Widowmaker||Gorilla Finger Dub|
|Sunday, April 15th||11am-3pm||Bullwinkles||Green Lion Crew|
*Saturday, April 14th:
The Reggae Fest venue on the Beach will open at 10:30AM
All venues will be closed and cleared from 6PM until 8PM
Reggae Fest tickets are on sale now. Please note: All nighttime entertainment is 21-plus only.
Mountain Magic and Mountain Adventure programs will be open during Reggae Fest, as weill Childcare. To learn more about how to enroll your children, click below:
The 2018 Lineup
The Movement's new single "Cool Me Down" was released Jan 19 on Rootfire Cooperative, and debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae chart. This is the followup to 2017's "Siren" (feat. Stick Figure), and 2016's #1 Billboard reggae album, GOLDEN, and is the band's first collaboration with producer Johnny Cosmic.
The Movement Website
The Movement Facebook
From what was once a dream inspired by close friends, to humble beginnings filled with living room jams, late nights writing songs in the garage, backyard house parties and countless complaints from neighbors, San Diego-based reggae/rock band Through the Roots was born.
New Kingston formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more. The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places informed their sound and songwriting.
Based out of Laie, Hawaii, brothers Tui Avei (Lead vocals), and Tau Avei (Vocals), along with cousin Josh Brunson (Vocals) are the voices. Built on a roots reggae foundation with influences from various genres like Hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, The Late Ones' unique blend of style, and harmony shapes a youthful, yet old school reggae vibe.
The Elovaters are Reggae/Rock/Funk band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is fronted by lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Jackson Wetherbee who has toured internationally. The Elovaters also feature musicians formerly of New England Music Award winning bands; The Aldous Collins Band and Last Call. The sound is similar to that of UB40, The Police, Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their show is fun, energetic and has festive crowds dancing, grooving, and singing along.
Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied intheir name: packing clubs in the city and upstate and building their brand and reputation on the road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown.
The Big Takeover Website
The Big Takeover Facebook
The Duppy Conquerors are the quintessential testimonial to Bob Marley. Named after Bob Marley's hit song entitled "Duppy Conqueror," the term Duppy Conqueror means "killer of bad spirits," and that they are! The Duppy Conquerors will, "Lively up yourself," as you're jammin' to Bob Marley's music! Collectively, Duppy Conquerors have performed or shared the stage with: The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, U-Roy, Black Uhuru, Mikey Dread, Sugar Minott, Sly & Robbie, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals, Roland Alphonso, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Lloyd Knibb, Laurel Aitken, Lord Tanamo, Gil Scott Heron, Babatunde Olatunji, Richie Havens, and many more.
Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal - an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies - fired by the Alchemystics' unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.
Gorilla finger is a 6 piece reggae band from Southern Maine. The groups sound is an aggressive take on roots reggae while maintaining a very relaxed atmosphere. Originally inspired by the late Bob Marley the band quickly fell into it's own releasing an original record titled cool it down. Over the last 7 years the band has shared the stage with many top ranking acts such as Ziggy Marley, J Boog, Steel Pulse and Inner Circle.
At the controls of a potent dancefloor experience that draws from reggae dancehall, hip hop and the synthy beats of urban electro, producer/DJ Green Lion is a sonic craftsman at home both on the decks and in the studio. Honed in the heated atmosphere of Jamaican sound system culture and a constant schedule of live club and concert dates in the United States, all Green Lion productions-on record, over the air or live and direct-are energetic affairs designed to set bodies in motion. Green Lion's movements are coming fast and furious now as charting success and critical acclaim for recent productions with reggae and crossover tastemakers such Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Beenie Man, Mr Williamz and Collie Buddz lock in spots on international sales charts and heavy rotation on commercial radio around the world.