The Reggae Fusion Fest
Happy birthday Bob Marley! If we had not lost him too soon, he would be turning 69 today. What better way to celebrate than to spark a J in his honor, and get yourself some tickets to the first annual Reggae Fusion Fest going down at Bar Marco this Saturday at 10PM. In its inaugural year, the festival was born from the desire to build an event that would combine the good vibes of the reggae music/culture and the healthy lifestyle of the Rastafari Movement. Healthy living, positive vibrations, and oneness with nature are all rasta ideals they will celebrate at the festival. Eventually they’d like to expand to a large scale outdoor festival in the summertime.
Reggae Fusion is gaining international popularity, with artists like Michael Franti and Damian Marley fusing the eternally upbeat music with rock, hip hop and R&B much like Bob brought reggae to mainstream attention forty years ago.
The concert will feature three live reggae fusion bands, along with DJ Phinesse spinning reggae and reggae fusion tracks. Oriel and the Revoluters will be headlining the event, touted as one of the top reggae fusion bands in the world. They recently released a new single, “Sticks and Stones”, a revolutionary reggae anthem, in December. Since front man Oriel comes from a producer/DJ/musical background, he’s naturally able to fuse beats from his eclectic experiences.
Jah Ques and Truth and Rites will also be taking the stage Saturday. You can find them every first and third Thursday performing at Casa Rasta. Their sound is more traditional Roots Reggae, focusing more on the healthy rasta lifestyle, than revolution. In addition to great original music, they have some catchy covers as well. Hopefully they play their amazing version of Lordes’ “Royals”.
Last but not least, Ras Maisha will be performing his powerful hip hop reggae fusion. His lyrics are political and revolutionary, delivered with a dizzying cadence. His masterful flow is evident on his collaboration with our girl Kellee Maize on her track “Pulse” from Aligned Archetypes.