Keep Jammin’ @ the Roots Reggae Festival
Jamaican roots and music talent have a presence in our city if you know where to look for it. And if you have yet to experience it for yourself, a celebration of the all-embracing, eclectic culture is right around the corner. Presented by Still City, Roots: An Outdoor Roots Reggae Festival will feature multiple music acts and talents from the Caribbean and right here in Pittsburgh.
Afar Music Group’s Reggae-fusion artists ORieL & the Revoluters are scheduled to perform at the event. ORieL has dabbled in multiple art endeavors (club DJ, studio engineer, and graphic designer, to name a few) and made his name known in Pittsburgh since 2005. His first EP, ‘’Confidence,’’ got him major recognition from music outlets all over. His most recent release – “Rise of the Revoluters” – is “a revolutionary journey of the mind” that will leave you wanting more and questioning all you know. The ‘mixtape thesis’ dropped last September, with the first single/video,“Sticks & Stones,” premiering on MTV.com.
In addition to ORieL’s performance, Roots will feature multiple DJs and live performers, art and activities, food, clothing vendors, and more in the Strip on the 29th, starting at noon.
DJs and performers include Original Dangsta, Selecta, Soy Sos, The New Sheriff and Jimmy Phingaz. A few artist highlights include Jah Ques (tentative) and Truth and Rites. Born Jacques Minniefield in Trinidad and Tobago, Jah Ques is an international recording artist whose style is influenced by calypso, dancehall and reggae, mixed with American hip-hop, rap and R&B. And Pittsburgh’s very own, Truth and Rites, will grace us with rock-reggae vibes – a must-see if you’ve yet to discover their music.
In addition to various the musical performances, you can watch visual artist WhoDali create a live painting throughout the event, along with Caribbean-inspired face painting for kids by Takara Canty.
Vendors will be set up around the festival selling handmade items throughout the day, including soaps and home products by Lakeisha Wold, jewelry by Yoko Onishi, and clothing by Native 412. A raffle of rare items will also take place to fundraise for film project, Still City.
Make sure you come hungry – an abundance of Caribbean food will be available for purchase. Meat and vegan dishes will be offered from Jamaican cuisine restaurant, Rasta House; or, if you’re feeling spicy, check out the Puerto Rican eats from Salud. Signature fresh fruit drinks of the Caribbean will be also be available to enjoy from Born Shamir.
Roots takes place on Saturday, August 29 at Bayardstown Social Club. Admission is $10 (free for kids under 12) and the event is open to the public.
Come chill out to funky island jams and embrace the qualities of Jamaican culture: good food and great people, a laid back vibe with a hint of spice, and a loving ambiance that’s one-of-a-kind.