FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Contact: People Productions
Yvonne Hendrix (press coordinator)
REGGAE ON THE RIVER 2006 FEATURED STORY
[Humboldt County, California] The 23rd Annual Reggae on the River Artist Lineup is almost complete and is looking like one of our best. We’re both excited and pleased to share with you, our current 2006 Artist Lineup:
Roots Rock Reggae Tour
Sly & Robbie
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Mateel Community Center (MCC) and People Productions are proud to announced that Reggae on the River (ROTR) 2006 just got better and bigger with the addition of 80 new acres. The Dimmick Ranch, combined with the historic French’s Camp property, will bring a spacious new concert bowl nearly double in size, two new river bars for camping right below the concert bowl, beautiful old trees, a new paved entry way and room for additional nonprofit food booths. "We are very excited to make this big beautiful place on the river available for this crucial community event. Long live Reggae on the River!" says Tom Dimmick.
Each year, thousands of people from all corners of the globe make the pilgrimage to the Eel River to connect spiritually with old friends and make new ones. It is a "tribal" gathering, a place where human interests and the natural spirit take precedence; a place where hip-hoppers, dreadlockers, and Woodstockers join in dance and share good vibrations while uniting through the universal language of music. Throughout the years, thousands of world-class performers representing all genres of reggae and world music have performed at Reggae on the River. Their music has, and continues to, influence an eclectic mix of some of the biggest names in mainstream music. The unbroken thread that brings together artist and audience year after year is; "the love and the unity that comes out of the music, that we have generated in the music," says Judy Mowatt. "This is what we feel coming back to us from the people." This bond is what sets Reggae on the River apart from other festivals and makes it the preeminent reggae music festival.
ROTR had its humble beginnings as a fundraising concert to rebuild the MCC, which was destroyed by an arson fire in 1983. Twenty-three years later, it has become one of the most famous festivals in the world and Humboldt County’s biggest gathering and fundraising event. ROTR has served the community year-round through the MCC’s community-based programs. "The history of the creation, support and growth of the Mateel Community Center and Reggae on the River are closely entwined," says Taunya Stapp Executive Director Mateel Community Center. "Our community center has been built and sustained largely by the love and hard work of the community itself, and funding from Reggae on the River. The Reggae festival has fostered peace, love and unity by providing a successful fundraising venue for many other area non-profits as well as the community center. For the past twenty-three years the needs of the Southern Humboldt Community and the community center have grown, and Reggae on the River has grown as well, in a large part to accommodate those needs. The expansion of the festival to the new site will allow us to continue to develop the hall as a venue for the valuable arts, education and social events and programs the Mateel continues to offer and expand every year." After six months work on the new plans ROTR 2006 with the Humboldt County Planning Department and the many federal and county agencies required for compliance, the proposed plan is approved and we are excited to share the details of this year’s festival:
The main entrance will be moved to the Cook’s Valley exit, 1/2 mile south of the former entrance at French’s Camp.
The concert bowl will be moved from French’s Camp to the larger Dimmick property, with new amenities and ambience for the concert attendees.
For your convenience, pre-event camping options will be available for purchase at all local ticket outlets:
PRE-SALE CAMPING OPTIONS FOR 2006
Thursday Arrival 4-days camping pass. Next to concert bowl.
Express Lane Entry.
Group Camping French’s Camp Concert Bowl
This year’s festival promises to be the best yet. Tickets and camping can be purchased via mail order, online with a credit card, or at our many ticket outlets. For more information on ticket outlets, mail order tickets and camping or to purchase tickets and camping with a credit card visit our website, www.reggaeontheriver.com or call the Reggae on the River hotline at 707 923-4583.
The French’s Camp river bar camping will open, as usual, on Friday, August 4th. French’s Camp has been serving the festival camping needs for 22 years. This camping is on a first-come-first-serve basis available to cars and walk-ins. Please note: There are no walk-ins on Thursday, only those who have purchased pre-sales camping can enter the site on Thursday.
*NEW* VIP Lounge: Includes 3-Day Festival Pass. For your enjoyment and convenience, the VIP Lounge, an exclusive area restricted to VIP guests, will feature complimentary snacks and refreshments plus full beverage service and video monitors showing the performance in progress and private restrooms. Included is a "Limited Edition Collector’s Laminate" and Lanyard.
EARTHDANCE, DOWN TEMPO DUB LOUNGE: Offering a dubbed out dance oasis for late night reggae party seeker. Situated in an impressive 60ft Dome, the lounge will feature mellow dub sesions and down tempo world beats, with special guest reggae DJ’s and live acts. During the day, the Dub Lounge will also offer a series workshops and panel discussions exploring the roots for reggae and it’s evolution from past to present. Presented by Earthdance and the Mystic Family Circus. www.earthdance.org/sf
KIDLANDIA: This safe and sane environment is THE place to hang out with your kids. Offering arts and crafts, a playground, toys, face painting, costumes, games, and Puff the Jump-in Dragon, there are plenty of activities. But it doesn’t stop there… Performances from Capt. Bubbles, Mystic Family Circus, and our own Reggae clowns will entertain and delight you. Storytelling, juggling, stilt walkers and more. Come to where the fun never stops!
BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS: Several years ago ROTR and its’ food and drink venders made the switch to starch-based biodegradable plastics and compostable eco friendly paper products. By making these few simple changes we have reduced our dependence on oil and we are generating less toxic waste. Together we can restore balance and harmony by uniting our actions to live consciously.