Reggae On The River 2006 is shaping up to be even bigger this August, the champion style line-up is setting the bar high for all other festivals. With newly acquired acreage (80 acres), the Dimmick Ranch has provided , the new concert bowl will be almost twice the size of the old site. The retired concert bowl will be open to additional camping, along with the adjacent river bar sites. The V.I.P. camping is already sold out as well as the new Dimmick Ranch campsites. Better get your shovels ready for that river bar camping, Cooks Valley still has sites available, if you prefer off site camping.
The Music this year speaks for itself, with such reggae legends as Bunny Wailer, Don Carlos alongside Sly and Robbie, and Barrington Levy. It gets even bigger with Stephen and Ziggy Marley added to the mix, bringing some natural mystic vibes to the place.
Some of the Top Ranking Dance hall kings will be there blessing all present with their wisdom filled lyrics and conscious meditations. Sizzla Kalonji will be headlining Saturday’s set of performances, in what is sure to be an uplifting and momentous event. Anthony B is sure to enlighten his fans with his solid collection of Dance hall hits and current new favorites.
Sean Paul is scheduled to close Friday’s opening show. Don’t show up late, or you might be setting up your tent, while he performs his impressive set of chart topping songs, and Dance hall staples. Performing earlier on Friday are three individuals who have earned high marks for their talents and skills on the Mic. The humble lion, Warrior King returns to northern California with his message of truth and rights. Baby Cham and Gyptian are sure to get the audience moving with their energy, and in demand current hits.
For the complete artist lineup check out www.reggaeontheriver.com, along with other important information on camping, mail order tickets, and directions. Remember while at your campsite to check out the live radio broadcast on KREGGAE, the festival’s informative and live radio so you don’t miss any artists that may perform earlier in the day. This is the Reggae Festival that all others try to measure up to. The staff and volunteers are well organized, and by show time they have put together a memorable experience for all attendees, so be sure to thank a volunteer or staff person for their part in putting it all together.
The vendors have the goods if you are looking for food, drinks, unique art, music and more. So check out one of the many vendors there this year, many provide financial support to local non-profits.
Lastly if you are planning to head to the River this August, be sure to bring lots of water, sun screen, plenty of shade,(hats and shade umbrellas), and of course your good vibes to share.
- Michael Patton, Staff Writer, Bigupradio.com