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The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

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Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM


The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

Click on any logo to visit their web sites!

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Cutting Edge Solutions

Humboldt County Smoking Caterpillar

Tahoe Wellness Cooperative

Blaze One Clothing

North Coast Mercantile

Pierson's Building Center

Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM

The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

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Cutting Edge Solutions

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Blaze One Clothing

North Coast Mercantile

Pierson's Building Center

Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM

The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

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Cutting Edge Solutions

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Pierson's Building Center

Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM

The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

Click on any logo to visit their web sites!

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Cutting Edge Solutions

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Tahoe Wellness Cooperative

Blaze One Clothing

North Coast Mercantile

Pierson's Building Center

Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM


The 2014 30th Anniversary
Reggae on the River™
Festival
is generously sponsored by the following local businesses and organizations. Thank you for your support!

Click on any logo to visit their web sites!

Want to Become a Sponsor?

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Cutting Edge Solutions

Humboldt County Smoking Caterpillar

Tahoe Wellness Cooperative

Blaze One Clothing

North Coast Mercantile

Pierson's Building Center

Dazey's Supply

Humboldt Nutrients/Fertile World

The Security Store 707

Klean Kanteen

Karma Boards

Greenwired

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wildberries Market Place

Sensational Solutions

Sebastopol Compassionate Care

Satori Movement Clothing

Kathleen Bryson

Chautauqua Natural Foods

Eel River Brewing

Humboldt House Inn

Art Engineering Corporation

Dr. Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk

KMUD

Big Up Radio

Sol Solutions

Reggae Festival Guide

Island Stage

Singing Bird Family Farm

United Reggae Online Magazine

Bella Opus - KPFN Radio Laytonville, CA 105.1 FM

 

The 2014 Talent Line-Up...                                                         

Feature Artists   ~  Thursday Artists (for 4-Day Ticket Holders)  ~   Sound Systems  ~   DJS

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An amazing host of talented artists will grace the stage at this year's festival, with top local DJ's and sound systems throughout the weekend. Scroll this page for an in-depth look at this year's line-up.

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The 30th Anniversary Reggae on the River Line-Up:

Jimmy Cliff

Alpha Blondy & The Solar System

Gentleman & The Evolution

Iration

Israel Vibration

Gyptian

Third World

Michael Rose

Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang

Etana

Fishbone

Bitty McLean

SEE-I

Mutabaruka & Skool Band

Jah9

Megah Banton

Meta & The Cornerstones

Marlon Asher

Iba MaHr

Abya Yala

John Trudell & Bad Dog

i-Kronik

Zili Misik

Majic

Thicker Than Thieves

Dub Poet Ras Marcus Benjamin

Roger Steffens - Special Guest MC

GAUDI w/ Danny Ladwa & Michael Rose
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Courtney John Project
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Jahdan Blakkamoore
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Los Rakas
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Paapa Wastik
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Winstrong
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Ishi Dube
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Tchiya Amet
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Bobby Hustle
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Jade Steel
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Lacy Redhead
(Performing Thursday for Early Bird Ticket Holders)

  

Featured Artists Include:
(click any name for a brief bio...)

~ Jimmy Cliff
~
Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
~
Gentleman & The Evolution
~
Iration
~
Israel Vibration
~
Gyptian
~
Third World
~
Michael Rose
~
Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang
~
Etana
~
Fishbone
~
Bitty McLean
~
SEE-I
~
Mutabaruka & Skool Band
~
Jah9
~
Megah Banton
~
Meta & The Cornerstones
~
Marlon Asher
~
Iba MaHr
~
Abya Yala
~
i-Kronik
~
John Trudell & Bad Dog
~
Zili Misik
~
Majic
~
Indubious
~
Thicker Than Thieves
~ Ras Marcus Benjamin
~ Special Guest MC Roger Steffens

Plus a Special Line-Up of
Artists on
Thursday Night
for all 4-Day Pass "Early Bird" Ticket Holders! See inset below...

 

 

4-Day Pass "Early Bird" Ticket Holders will enjoy
Special Performances on Thursday
with the following artists:

GAUDI w/ Danny Ladwa & Michael Rose
Courtney John Project    ~ Jahdan Blakkamoore   ~    Los Rakas   ~   Paapa Wastik
Winstrong   ~   Ishi Dube   ~   Tchiya Amet   ~   Bobby Hustle   ~   Jade Steel   ~   Lacy Redhead

with Thursday Night special appearances by these Main Line-up Artists:

Majic    ~     Megah Banton    ~     Iba MaHr    ~    Michael Rose

PLUS - An all star cast of DJs and Special Guests!

The event will also offer more than 60 craft and food vendors, a lively kid zone, and a weekend full of camping, community, and irie fun on the banks of the majestic Eel River.

More about the Artists of The 30th Anniverary ROTR Festival:

Jimmy Cliff
Saturday - 11:30pm

Jimmy Cliff was reggae’s first international star and he remains its greatest living ambassador. Having taken the music to all corners of the Earth, Cliff’s first hit, “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” (1969) soared high on the charts in the U.K. and the U.S., six years before Bob Marley and The Wailers cracked the charts with “Natty Dread.”

A spectacular showman with incomprehensible energy, Cliff is also a Grammy award winning ska and reggae singer, songwriter, musician and actor. His career made a full-throttle breakthrough in 1972 with the groundbreaking Jamaican film, “The Harder They Come” in which he starred and contributed the title track in addition to half of the songs on the soundtrack (“You Can Get It If You Really Want It,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” and “Sitting in Limbo”). “The Harder They Come” was the first feature film written and directed by a Jamaican and was shot on location using an all-native cast. The movie was a huge success in JA and a cult classic everywhere else. The soundtrack, released in 1973, sold well around the world and is singularly credited for helping to popularize reggae music.

A true Jamaican icon, Cliff was born James Chambers on April 1, 1948 in St.James, Jamaica. As a teenager, he adopted the stage name “Cliff” to acknowledge the heights he intended to climb. With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Cliff’s material can be found on a total of nearly 100 albums/compilations/EPs/singles. His first album to win a Grammy was “Cliff Hanger” (1985). Then, in the early 90s, Cliff returned to the mainstream with his hit remake of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” from the Cool Runnings movie soundtrack.

The only other Jamaican, besides the venerable Bob Marley, to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2010), he is also the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit (2003)- one of the highest honors granted by the JA government for achievement in the arts and sciences. His 2012 album “Rebirth,” was his first studio release in seven years. It received a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album as well as earned a number 12 spot in Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2012. With his signature fusion of reggae, pop and soul, Cliff continues to make Jamaica proud with his exuberance, talent and grace.


Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
Sunday - 8:30pm

A commander of the great African groove, Cote d’Ivoire’s Alpha Blondy is among the world’s most popular reggae artists. Rising to fame with the release of his debut album, “Jah Glory” (1983) with his 12-piece band the Solar System, Blondy delivers a reggae beat with a distinctive African cast. Calling himself an African Rasta, Blondy creates Jah-centered anthems promoting morality, love, peace and social consciousness.

Discovering reggae music in 1977 while attending a Burning Spear concert in New York City, Blondy was inspired by the powerful dub rhythms he heard and began singing with various local groups, soon becoming a major star on the Abidjan music scene. Reggae, which up until then, had been thought of as a typically Jamaican sound, was seen for the first time to be successfully reinterpreted in Ivorian style. Blondy’s rebellious stance, his excitable personality and his endless supply of energy inspired Cote d’Ivoire to adopt Blondy as their own national version of Bob Marley. This revered status received a kind of unofficial confirmation when the famous Jamaican beatmaker/producer, Clive Hunt encouraged Blondy to sing in his African languages and create his own style. Blondy’s path was set; he flew out to Kingston in 1984 to record the title track of his new album, “Cocody Rock” with Marley’s former backing group, The Wailers, and he has continued to reinvent himself in each of his 20 plus albums ever since.

Singing in Dioula, French, English, Hebrew, and Arabic, incorporating the call and response qualities of African music, the synthesizing beats of Jamaica and the strutting guitars from American funk-rock, Blondy uses the microphone to speak as a prophet for Africa. His 1991 album, “Masada” went Gold in France and his 2002 album, “Merci” earned him a Grammy nomination in the States. Ultra prolific in recent years, 2007’s “Jah Victory” through 2011’s “Vision” prove he’s still in his prime- and his latest, Mystic Power (2013) on VP Records is further reassurance that Alpha Blondy is a symbol of hope and the most important living African reggae artist working today.


Gentleman & The Evolution
Friday - 11:30pm

Born Tilmann Otto in 1974, the son of a Protestant pastor, Gentleman has become a highly esteemed international headliner and the face of reggae in Germany. Songs such as “Dem Gone,” “Superior,” and “Send a Prayer” have become modern classics in the canon of contemporary roots reggae. His career was initially inspired by a collection of sound system tapes brought back from Jamaica by a friend. “There was an incredible energy about it, “ he remembers, “The first time I went to JA myself was at the age of 18 and it completely changed the way I look at music….that music is much more than entertainment- that it is important and can shape societies.”

A phenomenal songwriter with a distinct singjay vocal style and an unmistakable sincerity, Gentleman refreshed the reggae genre, giving it new relevance at a time when it was lacking luster. His album debut in 1999, “Troddin On,” was just the beginning of the impact he was to make in reggae, while 2002’s “Journey to Jah” was the real breakthrough album that was heard worldwide. His album, “Confidence” (2004) went Platinum while his sixth and latest album, “New Day Dawn” (2013), is heralded as the purest Gentleman album to date. Nearly all of its 16 tracks originated on the latest addition to his creative flow: a grand piano in his Cologne apartment.

The intensity of Gentleman’s vibes, the tremendous interaction he shares with his audiences and his unpretentious confidence have him and his band, The Evolution, performing with the same spirit and uncontrollable joy that his spiritual home in Jamaica first inspired. Friday night, the ROTR massive will be electrified by this artist’s perfect balance of roots reggae, dancehall, pop and hip-hop.


Iration
Saturday - 9:55pm

Arguably the quickest rising band on radar, Iration’s number one album on iTunes, “Time Bomb” still remains in the Top 20 four years later and has sold 40K copies. In fact everything this Southern California based band puts out creates a buzz.

Their debut album, “No Time for Rest” (2007) topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and by the next year they were off on a national tour. An alternative-reggae-rock group of musicians that met while growing up in Hawaii, they formed their band while reconnecting in Santa Barbara. Iration has since become a crucial factor in the shaping of a popular new subgenre within reggae, one that brings the stylings and charge of the coast of California to its Caribbean roots.

Creating truly original sounds by fusing reggae with fresh pop and rock influences, Iration has something that people these days can’t get enough of. With three EPs and three full length albums, this quintet has sold over 60K albums along with over a quarter of a million single downloads to date with their latest album, “Automatic” (2013) having shot to #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart. The aloha spirit captured by this quintet’s fresh blend of music is why Iration is ripping it up on stage and in the studio, while getting a surf in whenever possible.


Israel Vibration
Sunday - 6:35pm

Mention the name Israel Vibration in reggae circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special vocal group. For over three decades the positivity emanating from this group has been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs alike. Cecil “Skelly” Spence and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin were both born in Jamaica and met as children with Polio at Kingston’s Mona Rehabilitation Center in which they were placed because of their families’ limited resources and need for specialized care. There, the boys discovered Rastafari, found strength and willpower through their faith and began composing and singing songs.

The expression of their spirituality and stance on issues relating to the rehab center caused them to be expelled from the institution, putting them on the streets of the capital city singing for their suppers for nearly six years. However, by their early 20s they had become a force to be reckoned with, and their prayers were answered when members of the Twelve Tribes of Israel agreed to finance their debut single. The group’s exquisite dread sound and militant cultural themes made an instant impression and they found themselves on stage opening for the likes of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Albums “Same Song” (1976), “Pay the Piper” (1999), “Jericho” (2000), and singles such as “Cool and Calm” (1988) and “Rudeboy Shufflin” (1997) are just drops in the bucket of what has been nothing short of a mesmerizing career. Their most recent album, “Reggae Knights” (2010) finds them unendingly popular and an ever-vibrant live act as well.

Since the beginning, Israel Vibration has been fully committed to singing honestly from their hearts with the true spirit of universality. Accompanying Skelly and Wiss for their Sunday night performance will be Roots Radics, the band credited for having developed and recorded a majority of the rub-a-dub riddims of the early-80s which were the precursor to the island’s fertile dancehall period.


Gyptian
Sunday - 5:00pm

There are layers and multiple facets to this velvet-voiced artist. First there’s the conscious reggae singer who listeners first came to know from his breakthrough hit “Serious Times” (2005) that went Gold in the U.S. and catapulted him to the forefront of reggae music worldwide. Then there’s the champion lover with the signature growl, who captivated females worldwide with his crooning on “Hold You,” the sultry island pop smash that topped multiple charts globally in 2010 for up to 29 weeks. A remix of the song was done by Nicki Minaj, resulting in his first official crossover success.

Born (1983) Wendel Beneto Edwards and raised in the countryside of St. Andrew, Gyptian grew up singing in the choir with his Seventh Day Adventist mother by day and at night, wowing the masses on his Rastafarian father, Basil Edwards’ sound system. Nicknamed from his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian pharaoh, Gyptian was introduced to Jamaica’s talent scouts/producers, Ravin Wong and Earl Chinna Smith who helped him hone his sound.

Arguably the male reggae artist with the most sex-appeal, Gyptian’s 2006 debut album, “My Name is Gyptian” earned him comparisons to the great Gregory Isaacs for his mature and conscious reggae and lovers rock. Since then he has dominated the charts with a slew of hit singles including crossover hits, “Beautiful Lady”(2006), “I Can Feel Your Pain” (2008), and the infectiously catchy, “Nah Let Go” (2010). A Soul Train award winner for Best Artist, Gyptian’s fourth album, “Sex, Love, and Reggae” (2013), featuring Major Lazer and Estelle among others, takes the listener from dancehall to soca to global pop sounds. For Gyptian, who has also collaborated in the past with Mary J.Blige, Busta Rhymes, and Snoop Lion, it’s all about versatility and keeping the door open to old and new listeners alike.


Third World
Saturday - 7:55pm

Over the years, Third World is most certainly one of ROTR’s favorites. With four decades of smash hit songs, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, Third World is more than just one of the top reggae bands of all time, it is an institution.

Founded in 1973 by members of Inner Circle, Third World is credited as being the first reggae act to incorporate funk, Philly soul, hip hop, South African township music, and even strains of classical into its boundless style. Third World joined Bob Marley and The Wailers as the opening act for their 1975 world tour. The following year, Third World’s adaption of the Abysinnians’ “Satta Massagana” and their own original “96 Degrees in the Shade” – both enormously successful songs - set the stage for their commercial breakthrough album in 1978, “Journey to Addis” which featured a funky, disco-flavored cover of the O’Jay’s, “Now That We’ve Found Love,” a song that hit the Top Ten in both the United States and the U.K.. Hailed far and wide as the “Reggae Ambassadors,” Third World is one of the longest lived reggae bands of all time and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences.

With 10 Grammy nominations, 23 albums, and a plethora of awards including the prestigious United Nations Peace Medal, Third World has stood, since the beginning, for producing and performing music that holds firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members while continuing to push at the cutting edge of all music forms. In a 1992 interview with Billboard Magazine, founding member Bunny Rugs, who passed away this February, described the band as “Strictly a reggae band – no. Definitely a reggae band – yes.” Their most recent album, “Patriots,” was released in 2010 and their performance at ROTR will pay tribute to Rugs as well as help us commemorate our 30th anniversary is a mutual nod of respect and a testament to this ever-living music.


Michael Rose
Friday - 10:10pm

With arguably the most high profile, signature voice in reggae music, Michael Rose has been recording and performing music for over 35 years. In the1970s and 80s, Rose’s charismatic stage presence and voice as the front man of the legendary, Black Uhuru, (which won the first ever Grammy in the Reggae category for the album, “Anthem”) was key to their becoming one of the biggest and best loved reggae acts.

Throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity, Rose has always remained a modern roots artist. The mastermind behind and voice on such massive tunes as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “General Penitentiary,” and “I Love King Selassie,” and most recently, his collaboration with Damian Marley on, “Shoot Out,” Rose shows he has staying power. In fact, the industry calls Rose’s trademark styled voice (that reached mainstream America when featured in a scene on The Cosby Show in the 1980s) “the Waterhouse sound” after the rough section of downtown Kingston from where Rose hails. Additionally, his magnetic stage presence seems to defy reason. Spiritually ordained? Perhaps. Talented? Without contest.

Boasting an epic career and extensive biography, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar. In addition to this featured Friday set with fellow Black Uhuru contributors, Sly and Robbie, Rose will also perform close out Thursday night at ROTR in rare collaboration with famed producer, GAUDI.


Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang
Friday - 7:55pm

Sly and Robbie are more than just a rhythm section; they are the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. As well as being on the scene during the roots hay day, this duo helped power reggae into the 1980s, sharing the sound of the mighty Black Uhuru and numerous others on their own Taxi label. They are also the go-to guys for international stars wanting a taste of Jamaica. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, No Doubt and Herbie Hancock are just a few of the extensive list of artists who have sought them out for the good groove. One staggering estimate is that these two have played on or produced some 200,000 songs and may well be the most prolific recording artists ever.

The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist, Robert Shakespeare, started working together in the mid-70s after having established themselves separately in JA’s music scene. They describe their being drawn together as being something akin to magic, as before meeting and joining forces they had noticed each other’s talents. Upon finding out that they shared the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of Motown, James Brown, and The Beatles), they started working together at the newly created Channel One label and studio, one of the best in Jamaica.

Responsible for consistently reshaping the landscape of JA’s music, in 1976 they introduced a beat called “Rockers” which quickly replaced the prevalent “One Drop” style. In the early 80s they introduced the “Rub a Dub” sound. Sly and Robbie were also a markedly crucial component in developing the trend toward computer assisted music and programming in the mid-80s. As arguably the longest lasting production team in music history and having worked with every notable artist in Jamaica, Sly and Robbie and The Taxi Gang are returning to our stage, tipping their hats to ROTR’s three decades of bringing reggae music to the United States.


Etana
Saturday - 4:40pm

Since she came on the scene in 2007, Etana has remained the queen of socially conscious reggae. Her debut single, “Wrong Address” highlighted the discrimination some Jamaicans face who live in violence-ridden communities. Meanwhile, hits like “Roots” and “Jah Chariot” quickly made her a household name within reggae circles.

With her third full-length album, “A Better Tomorrow,” (2013) recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios, Etana consistently wraps encouraging and edifying sentiments in gorgeous melodies and lushly textured rhythms. Raised in August Town, JA, Shauna “Etana” McKenzie was studying in Florida to be a nurse when she left college to join the female pop-R&B trio, Gift. While shooting a music video with the group, she defied the overtly sexual stereotypes that were being forced upon her and her bandmates i.e. protesting the requisite attire of lingerie, stiletto heels and invasive camera angles. She returned to Jamaica where she had a destined meeting with Richie Spice’s management which resulted in her becoming his backup singer.

Shortly thereafter, she chose the name “Etana” which in Swahili means “the strong one” (also the title of her first album - 2008) as she left to work on strictly her own terms as a solo artist. “I looked at how women were being represented in Jamaican music and how little girls think that is the way it’s supposed to be, and I wanted to be a positive influence and change some of the things they are taught,” Etana reflects.

Etana’s powerful vocal range and elegant and modest rasta-chic style is as distinct as her sultry verve, empowered songwriting and authentic regality- proving that she is indeed the empress of reggae soul.


Fishbone
Friday - 6:10pm

From the shifting fault lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic racial tensions of Reagan’s 1980s America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of ska, punk, funk and reggae, they demolish the walls of genre and challenge the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation.

Lead singer, Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with his Fishbone brethren’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music.

Still composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music together, the band is experiencing a resurgence of energy fueled in part by their critically acclaimed full-length feature documentary, “Everyday Sunshine – The Story of Fishbone” which tells the story of the band’s love for and dedication to their art in spite of struggles with money, family and racial stereotypes of being black punk rockers.

These genre-bending artists are consistently re-inventing themselves and their courage and talent were recognized this year with a featured slot at Coachella. Despite having a close connection to our community for all these years, Fishbone has never played ROTR before! Thus, we are especially excited to welcome them to our 30th anniversary for which they have planned a special, reggae-infused set.


Bitty McLean
Friday - 8:55pm

Truly one of the finest singers in the lovers rock genre, Bitty McLean has a voice that could melt butter. Born in 1972 in Birmingham, England, his earliest memories are punctuated by his performances with local sound systems, including his father’s, where he started singing over dub and instrumental riddims as a teenager.

After studying sound engineering at college, he was invited in 1992 to join UB40 not only as a producer and engineer, but also to play and sing on what would become the internationally renowned album, “Promises and Lies” which sold in excess of eight million copies. Bitty, with his elegant presence and astonishing voice, has an unnerving ability to pen pop smash hits and his own material notched up a string of top ten hit singles throughout the 90s, including “Walk Away from Love” which continues to be a big club hit.

The release of the superb album, “On Bond Street” (1994) showcases McLean’s reworkings of vintage American soul tunes and his impressive ear for Motown and classic rocksteady. His cover tunes are so brilliantly executed, using his own lyrics over the warm nostalgic sounds that it’s hard to believe that he was not there when the tracks were originally recorded. Bitty followed soon after with an album he co-created with the world’s greatest rhythm section and production team, Sly and Robbie, titled “Movin’ On” (2009). Receiving widespread critical acclaim, including Reggae Album of the Year by the New York Times, McLean and Sly and Robbie have continued to collaborate, tour, and record, including their most recent album, “The Taxi Sessions” (2013).

In a rare American appearance, Bitty McLean, together with Sly and Robbie and Taxi Gang, will alight the stage at ROTR Friday night.


SEE-I
Saturday - 6:15pm

Representing ROTR’s 30 year commitment to host artists defining the future of reggae music, the story of SEE-I begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo Steele. In the heady days of the 1980s, the two vocalists launched a musical project that quickly became a fixture on Washington, D.C.’s burgeoning music scene. Crossing paths with Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, who became determined to include them in future projects, they have gone on to record, perform and tour the world as the backing band for the famed musical group.

One of the East Coast’s premier party bands; an eight piece powerhouse ensemble which includes the foundational members from Thievery’s live band, they weave original roots and dub reggae through intoxicating layers of funk, rap, rock, and Latin jazz. With a full length album and an EP out on Fort Knox Recordings label, when this crew rolls in, the dance floor takes off on vibrations set off by echo effects and bass-heavy rhythms. Otherwise and usually booked up with Thievery Corporation dates, this is a rare west coast performance for the group- and we’re happy they chose ROTR to be their first-ever NorCal festival.


Mutabaruka & Skool Band
Sunday - 2:05pm

Jamaica’s most revered poet/artist, Mutabaruka is one of the country’s earliest dub poets. A combo of the spoken word approach stemming from the Jamaican deejay style, paired with the sonic reduction of dub music, dup poetry was initially defined in the early 80s.

A firebrand who repeatedly attacked the injustices and hypocrisy he saw both in Jamaica and in the western world at large, Muta was born Alan Hope in Kingston in 1952 and grew up in a working class neighborhood where he turned to Rastafari at a young age. As a schoolboy he found his adopted name in a book of poems and later discovered that, in Rwanda, the name means “one who is always victorious.”

The charismatic Mutabaruka belongs to a tradition of Rastafari oratory and has been featured as a guest lecturer at American universities, has released multiple albums, and hosts a weekly music/talk show on JA’s Irie FM which has made him a national figure, albeit a controversial one. This witty, bare-footed Rasta with a wicked sense of humor will perform an extraordinary musical set at ROTR backed by one of Jamaica’s most prolific ensembles, the Skool Band, which was the (touring) Sunsplash house band and one that has played all of the island’s major stage shows. Muta’s innovative word plays will be illuminated by their sweeping musical genres including tribal-house to dancehall, reggae and R&B.


Jah9
Sunday - 3:40pm

Flaming hot, Janine “Jah9” Cunningham is part of the “Roots Revival” movement being forwarded by her brethren Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Protoje. Her signature style of singing over a blend of classic jazz melodies and reggae riddims with overtones of dub was created at her underground poetry shows in Kingston, JA.

Born in 1983 near Montego Bay, this choir singing, introspective daughter of a preacher and a social worker experienced a spiritual, afrocentric and artistic awakening while studying psychology at the University of the West Indies. Like many of the Jamaican new wave, she came up through the live music and performance poetry scene rather than chanting on a sound. Linking up with producers such as Rory “Stone Love” and Don Corleon to produce magnificently powerful roots anthems, Jah9 has the cool style of Billie Holiday and confidence of Sizzla Kalonji.

A yoga teacher, Jah9 captures audiences with her lyrical prowess about healthy living, delivering hard hitting, imaginative messages promoting social justice, gender equality, and matters of the heart. Her bold 2013 debut album, “New Name” has added new fuel to the reggae fire and its tracks are already in heavy rotation on the airwaves. Europe has booked up this hot new artist and we at ROTR are lucky to have this be her first Northern California festival appearance.


Megah Banton
Friday - 4:45pm

Megah’s gruff and provocative lyrical delivery distinguished him from fellow emerging singjays of the early 90s, which his first ever track, “Give It A Ease” epitomizes. Having toured extensively with Beenie Man, and Tanto Metro and Devonte, Megah (formerly Mega without the new addition of an “h”) continues to leave his mark in reggae dancehalls the world over.

Like his musical inspiration, Buju Banton, Megah chronicles the harsh realities of life in Jamaica with a positive spin. Growing up outside of Kingston in the city of Portmore, Megah was writing and singing his own tunes and developing his own style by the second grade. Crooning the lyrics of Dennis Brown, Yellow Man and Alton Ellis over his father’s sound system at neighborhood sessions, his 1993 debut album on VP Records, “First Position” rewarded him with the song “Sound Boy Killing” that charted on the U.S. Billboard, propelling his career to the next level.

His hardcore edge gained the attention and support of notorious reggae producer, Jack Scorpio and later Sony Records with “Money Ina Mi Pocket” and “Pon Di Corner” staying on the reggae charts in JA and the U.S. for several months in 2003. Although his appearances on dancehall riddims have been limited in the last few years, he has preserved his untouchable style and status as exemplified on his most recent album, “Thug Poetry” (2009).


Meta & The Cornerstones
Sunday - 12:25pm

By way of pure musical genius and the spirit of humility, Meta has been proclaimed the next “African reggae voice.” Fusing Afro-pop, hip-hop, rock and soul music with lyrics in French, English, Wolof and Fulani, Meta’s unforgettable vocals soar amidst the support of the incomparable sounds of his band, The Cornerstones. Channeling the roots of reggae while breathing new life into the genre, Meta and The Cornerstones offer what critics are calling, a “soul-pounding spiritual experience” for their live audiences.

Born in Senegal, West Africa, Meta grew up listening to reggae on the radio. Performing on the streets and stages of Dakar, by 2000 he was heralded as a pioneering voice for the culture of hip-hop in West Africa. Soon thereafter, Meta moved to New York City where he formed his Brooklyn-based band, a melting pot of musicians hailing from Israel, Texas, Japan, and Jamaica -- ethnic influences which are each clearly expressed in the repertoire.

The first African artist to be signed to the iconic VP Records, their second album, 2013’s “Ancient Power” features Damian Marley and was recorded at the mythical Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, JA. Their phenomenal and passionate music finds them traversing further oceans and borders, and ROTR is proud to be the first to host them on the West Coast.


Marlon Asher
Saturday - 3:15pm

Marlon Asher’s runaway hit, “Ganja Farmer” (2004) helped kick-start the Trinidad and Tobago dancehall/reggae movement, taking the music to a global audience and breaking down barriers for other T&T artists in the process. The tune was an instant classic and chosen as the lead track on the annual Greensleeves Record compilation, “Biggest One Drop Anthems of 2006.”

Asher’s sweet voice and tender passion delivered another anthem for those who appreciate the benefits of cannabis, “Ganja Cowboy,” and together the tunes have received over 15 million views/downloads. A calm and humble artist, his approach to music is about more than putting out hit songs and selling ringtones. Having been exposed to reggae music as a youth, it was natural for him to use reggae music as a medium rather than soca and calypso music which is what dominates T&T. Hailing from Chaguanas in central T&T, he was given the name “Marlon” while “Asher” stems from when he became a proud member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel who gave him his spiritual upbringing and the desire to share Jah’s message through music.

Asher’s musical style was recently reinvigorated by the release of the mixtape, “Higher Learning” (2013). We at ROTR welcome Marlon Asher to our stage for the very first time!


Iba MaHr
Friday - 3:45pm

At the helm of the Roots Revival with Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje and Jah9, is Iba MaHr.

With a new single out, “Babylon Debating,” this young Jamaican sensation draws upon Rastafari for inspiration. Born Mario Greaves, his friends granted him the name “Iba” meaning calm and humble and “MaHr” the acronym for a small province in Ethiopia. A singer of reggae and lovers rock, at the age of 19 he voiced his first song with Charmax Music, chanting from Linstead, St.Catherine. He released his first song in 2008, “Had It and Lost It” with Charmax Music and Max “Romeo” Smith. Committed to the promotion of roots and culture, this young artist credits it for enabling him to withstand the many dangers of his volatile community.

Now in his mid-20s, he is more intent than ever to pursue this mission. With tunes “Will I Wait” and “Let Jah Lead the Way” and tour stops at Summerjam in Germany as well as in France and Poland, the world has just begun to hear what Iba MaHr has to offer.


Abya Yala
Saturday - 1:40pm

The intention of this 11-piece band from Santiago, Chile is to generate attitudes of environmentalism, community building, the promotion of youth self-sufficiency and the general upliftment of life on the planet.

With over 10 years experience in a completely independent and self-managed manner, they have produced two albums: “Change” (2010) and “Day and Night” (2014). In the spirit of the group’s namesake, “Abya Yala” meaning “land of vital blood,” they have been living together for several years in Chile in a home that includes a temple and a studio where many important projects of the new Chilean scene are incubated, including their band. Abya Yala has been sharing its music on stages across Chile and in a parallel universe across the world via social networking, inspiring the band to continue working despite how difficult it is to sustain an artistic project independently.

Armed with a great sound and a ton of heart, ROTR is so happy they embarked on this journey for our 30th anniversary – their first appearance in North America!


i-Kronik
Friday - 3:20pm

The best band to emerge out of Jamaica in 25 years, i-KRONIK represents the future of the “classic” reggae band.

Since their official debut in October 2011, they have been rising steadily with their versatility, wide range appeal and high level musicianship. Born from the lineage of the Gumption Band in which the majority of the members had been playing professionally, all five of them sing and play instruments, including a featured melodica. A hard act to follow, i-KRONIK mixes distinct vocal styles with crafty lyrical compositions and their live performances showcase the skills of each individual member. Their chemistry is so irresistible, so authentic, so playful and so magnetic that they are easily the most interactive, refreshing, and up-to-date sound around.

On the heels of the release of their first EP, they are sure to perform some of their hot new original material along with sets backing Iba MaHr and Megah Banton at this year’s ROTR.


John Trudell & Bad Dog
Saturday - 10:45am

Acclaimed poet, recording artist and activist, John Trudell’s universal following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message.

Of Santee Sioux lineage, he was a spokesperson for the occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969-1971 and served as Chairman of the American Indian Movement during most of the 1970s. Following a terrible tragedy, he began to find his voice as an artist and poet- to, in his words, “Stay connected to reality…I’m just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human.” Recording his provocative poetry to rock and roll, blues, and traditional Native American music, he creates a compelling backdrop for his views on society, love and life.

An outspoken and prolific artist with a long legacy of work, his latest,” The Madness and The Moremes” showcases some of the best music the razor sharp band, Bad Dog has ever created.

Following appearances at ROTR’s 10th and 20th anniversaries, it’s only fitting that John Trudell is back now for our 30th.


Zili Misik
Sunday - 11:00am

An all female, new world soul group out of Boston, Zili Misik evokes the captivating sounds of the African continent, retracing the routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song.

Often dressed in matching elegant white linens and representing five countries and three continents, these seasoned Berklee School of Music alums will make your heart, body and soul shake with their original creations.

For more than 10 years this seven piece ensemble has been transmuting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and new soul into stomping beats, thick harmonies and rich rhythms. Creating a soul that is uniquely Zili Misik, the troupe takes its name from a Haitian spiritual entity, “Ezili” who is envisaged as mother, lover and warrior. Lyrically sliding seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Portuguese to Spanish, Zili offers a rare, euphoric, pan-global feast for the senses.


Majic
Friday - 1:55pm

In only a short span of time, this 17 year old roots pop reggae artist has already achieved things most acts only dream about.

A member of the Jack Knight Song Writing Academy, Majic stated her quest in 2011 to become involved in music as a reggae singer. Becoming the first female from New Zealand to record at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, her singles, “Likkleman” and “Punky Reggae Party” are sweeping the airwaves. Incorporating the guidance of her tribal elders from Te Tai Tokerau, the northern region of Aotearoa (New Zealand), along with the musical sensibilities of Lauryn Hill, Maisey Rika, Katchafire, India Arie, and Bob Marley, Majic is manifesting an unusually hip twist to something otherwise ancient. Working alongside fellow youths and promoting youth initiatives through music, Majic’s artistic vision is all-inclusive and knows no bounds.

We welcome their first-ever U.S. performance!


Indubious

Indubious
Saturday - 12:10pm

Playing an eclectic mix of dancehall and new roots reggae (rootstronica) with visionary lyrical messages, two and three part harmonies, and electro funk fusion jams, Ashland, Oregon’s Indubious is a group of intergalactic revolutionaries.

Best known for their impactful live shows, they’ve recently exploded onto national and international markets leaving in their wake the makings of a conscious arising. Winning the 2010 Global Marijuana Music Award in the “Best Reggae” category for their song “Ganja Weed,” and a finalist in last summer’s Marley Mellow Mood Band Contest, Indubious has made a huge impact on the West Coast’s conscious music scene.

Aiming to reconnect the people of the world with rightful living, their third studio album, “Wake The Lion,” (2013) produced by GAUDI, proves that Indubious is on a quest to change the face of music.


Thicker Than Thieves
Friday - 12:30pm

Their first return to the festival in 10 years, the music of Thicker Than Thieves is multi-faceted and widely appreciated.

Featured in various surf movies and slated to release their fourth LP showcasing the group’s diverse songwriting skills and musical talents, TTT first came on the scene in 2002 with “Smuggler’s Run.” Local to the region of ROTR, Humboldt’s homegrown guitarist, Brian Sykes along with fellow musicians with roots in Hawaii and Costa Rica, find themselves currently based in San Diego. This group of rockers pumps out a sun-baked and surf-inspired mix of heavy bass lines and blazing guitars, successfully blending soulful vocals and a searing rock-reggae based rhythm section to create an original style that has earned them fans the world over.

With influences ranging from Bad Brains, Bob Marley, and The Clash, TTT pulls out all the strings and tricks to play audiences into a fun-filled frenzy.


Ras Marcus Benjamin

Dub Poet Ras Marcus Benjamin
Sunday - 10:45am

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ras Marcus Benjamin has been writing and performing poetry for nearly three decades. Incorporating deep roots sounds from Reggae and Dub, in 2013 he released “Dub Talking,” the first-ever dub poetry album set to Nyabinghi drums in a live “from the floor” studio recording. The album includes several pieces from his self-published book, Dub Talking, which came out in 1995. With his current single, “Dread Inna Babylon,” he explores new rhythmic patterns collaborating on UK-style dub productions in a look to the future of dub poetry.


Roger Steffens
Special Guest MC

A world-renowned reggae archivist, author, radio/ TV host, actor and photographer, Roger Steffens first discovered reggae 41 years ago. Co-host of the award-winning NPR radio program, “Reggae Beat,” which was syndicated on 130 stations, he is co-founder of “The Beat” magazine, and has lectured internationally for 30 years on “The Life of Bob Marley.” Founding chairman of the Reggae Grammy Committee (1984-2011), he has written six books about Marley and the music’s history. The Jamaica Observer declared him #8 of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Reggae.

4-Day Pass "Early Bird" Ticket Holders will enjoy
Special Performances on Thursday
with the following artists:

GAUDI w/ Danny Ladwa & Michael Rose
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

There’s no easy way to encapsulate GAUDI’s vast body of work. For the past three decades, the innovative producer and solo artist has been shattering genre barriers, pioneering the electronic and dance music worlds, and amassing a stunning collection of originals, remixes, collaborations, and soundtracks spanning the worlds of reggae, dub, breaks, global beat, and cutting-edge psychedelic bass music.

Whether he’s finessing high-profile projects in the studio, or whipping a crowd into a frenzy, the Italian-born UK-based artist places all importance on sonic perfection and providing the best aural experience for his fans. His career has seen the release of 13 solo albums, over a hundred compilations, 250 productions and a number of movie soundtracks. Honoring the traditions of old school dub, every GAUDI performance is unique and unpredictable in the best possible way as he never uses a computer onstage.

A consummate musician and performer, he plays live theremin, MiniMoog, vocoder, tape echoes, electronic percussion, multi-effects, Stylophone and dub sirens, and mixes live dub vocals thru his analogue equipment to maximum effect.

For ROTR 2014, GAUDI and his partner in rhyme, UK beat-boxing champion, Danny Ladwa, will be performing tracks from his current album, “In Between Times,” with none other than the legendary Michael Rose joining them on stage as a VERY special guest.


Courtney John Project
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

One part reggae mash up, one part euro-electronica and 100% provocative in its approach to contemporary music, this unorthodox trio out of Kingston, JA are generating a new kind of alchemical audio journey they’re calling “rootstronic.” Although each of the artists have long been making music, it was in the spring of 2013 that they released their debut album, “Future.”

At 26 years old, The Wizard (who is the daughter of JA’s king of the love song, Beres Hammond) is already a super-producer of other heavyweight artists, running production and bringing vocals to the CJP. The electrifying Courtney John himself adds his trademark ethereal falsetto to the lovers rock melodies while directing the masses like an orchestra conductor. Prior to the CJP, John had already established himself as a an artist with his writing for Marcia Griffiths, Culture and Luciano along with vocal contribution to Sly and Robbie’s 2011 Grammy nominated album, “One Pop Reggae.”

The Courtney John Project appeals to the hardcore Caribbean fan base as well as to newcomers, by keeping reggae at its core while weaving around it a rich tapestry of drums and bass, elements of dubstep and electronic dance music. Amidst a mystical set design, costume changes and video projections, if this music is the future sound of JA’s burgeoning electronic scene then it can’t come soon enough.


Jahdan Blakkamoore
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Long-time Brooklyn-based artist, Jahdan is one of the more interesting dancehall reggae, dubstep, hip-hop and jungle vocalists operating within the global commercial underground. Performing a track set, we are excited to host this versatile singer-songwriter who was both a contributing writer and featured artist on Snoop Lion’s “Reincarnated” album as well as the voice on “Cash Flow” produced by Diplo for the Major Lazer project. An experimental artist always seeking out unlikely collaborations, Jahdan is savvy with a mic in his hand and a DJ on the decks – New York City style. His newest album, “Upward Spiral” will likely be released by this summer.


Los Rakas
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

This Panamanian hip-hop duo has built a serious reputation by mixing the rhythms of reggae and Caribbean dancehall with ferocious, bilingual, emcee-devouring microphone skills. The two cousins (in their 20s), who grew up in Panama and are now based out of Oakland, give a distinct “Panabay” twist to the streetwise sounds of the places they call home.

This year, Los Rakas reached a milestone in Afro-Latino hip-hop with their major label debut album, “El Negrito Dun Dun and Ricardo.”


Paapa Wastik
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Straight from West Africa’s Ghana, this artist sings in the roots-life genre which brings soca and soul to African highlife, classic reggae, and traditional music styles. Having toured alongside Turbulence and I-Wayne, headlined several multi-cultural festivals and established an independent record label (Asaase Music Foundation), he released his third album, “Unity For Africa” in 2012.


Winstrong
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

A conscious singjay, Winstrong embodies an urban culture sound by fusing West Indian cultural roots with the dancehall sounds of today. With two albums out including 2014’s “Love is in the Air” and bringing favorite tracks like “One Ganja Tree,” Winstrong is a lifetime student of Rastafari and armed with a message that is inspirational and uplifting.


Ishi Dube
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

A master of many Jamaican styles, Ishi shifts easily from roots to lovers rock to singjay and onto dancehall with well-crafted anthems of freedom and songs of praise. Grown right here in the heartland of ROTR, he has long been a respected pioneer on the local scene. Ishi’s most recent album, “Mr. Music” has been received with critical acclaim by industry-insiders and fans alike.


Tchiya Amet
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Kicking off the live entertainment with a solo acoustic set, this contemporary urban, indigenous woman – a First Nations, cross-cultural reggae representative from nearby Covelo, CA - is a singer-songwriter and keys player whose every song is a celestial, rhythmic prayer.

A longtime performer at ROTR, she hit the international scene with the release of “Black Turtle Island” in 2003.


Bobby Hustle
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

A polished lyricist who delivers the perspective of a young hustler, Bobby has tunes featured on internationally recognized riddim releases from Jamaica and the UK. He has toured multiple times with Konshens, Protoje, and Gappy Ranks respectively, as well as played in Japan alongside Mighty Crown and Stone Love. Hailing from the state of Washington, Bobby possesses a natural sense for melody and is considered a rising star in the U.S. reggae scene.


Jade Steel
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

From the mountains of Humboldt County to the concrete jungle of the Bay, Steel consistently reinvents himself through music. With a background in rock, reggae and world-beat, Steel’s music is current and melodic. With more than four albums self-distributed worldwide, his next anticipated album is rumored for release at the end of this year.


Lacy Redhead
(for 4-Day Early Bird Ticket Holders)

Lacy Redhead is a singer/ songwriter whose roots lie in the Reno/ Tahoe area. New to the Northern California music scene, her surprise appearance on the river bar at ROTR last year put her on a musical journey with SoHums own - SHC Records. The reggae/ neo soul sounds from her debut LP, “ Soul Cherry,” are written by Lacy R. and produced by Galen Davis and Justin Miller.

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Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi featuring Rocker T

Known for their quality selection and performance, this sound has been entertaining the Bay Area and beyond since 1998. As CA’s leading reggae sound system, they feature selectors Irie Dole, King I-Vier and Jah Yzer, along with special guest, Rocker T, an international underground sensation whose newest album, “The Hurban Warrior of Peace,” was released last year.

Blessed Coast

In 2006, a growing stack of vinyl birthed Blessed Coast Sound. They now provide a firm foundation for the reggae scene that thrives in the Pacific Northwest- from Santa Cruz, CA to Bellingham, WA. Known as one of the top sounds on the West Coast, they will present Bobby Hustle and support Jahdan Blakkamoore in this ROTR showcase.

WBLK

Operated by DJ Jacques and DJ Guacamole since 2000, WBLK hosts a weekly party in Sebastopol, plays festivals throughout the state, and even rocked the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. DJ Jacques has also garnered attention by the public and industry folks alike for a series of mix CDs he has released.

Guerrilla Takeover

Armed with exclusive dub plates, remixes and the biggest tunes out of Jamaica, Mendocino County’s Guerrilla Takeover always turns up the heat with some rude boy tunes and something real for the ladies, too.

One Wise Sound

Representing the Humboldt County reggae scene since 2001 with a diverse arsenal of original productions, remixes, mixtapes, deep crates, and dub plates, One Wise won the Club Dread Sound Clash in San Francisco back to back in 2010 and 2011.

I N I Vibrations

Founded at the turn of 2006, I N I Vibration crew is best known for SKYLARKING, a Bay Area all-vinyl reggae jamboree that’s been going on eight years in San Francisco’s Mission District. Representing from coast to coast, they also hold residency with See-I at Rocker’s International in Washington, DC.

Stay Positive Sound

Since 2002, from Chico to San Diego, Stay Positive Sound has rocked crowds with the best in reggae, hip-hop and electronic dance music. As a special ROTR treat, they will feature Cootdog, Katherine Ramirez and Marko of the Mystic Roots Band, along with Selecta Diesel and DJs PhG, Shayne T and Johnson Parker.

Massive Sound International

Playing ROTR since the 1980s, Massive Sound Int’l consists of DJ’s Robert Rankin & Spliff Skankin’. Together, they have been spinning reggae music in the Bay Area (on KKUP, KFJC and KPFA), in the clubs, and at festivals for the last 30 years.

Brimstone Sound

DJ Crown of Eugene, Oregon, blazes the freshest and finest in reggae and dancehall- new joints, the classics, the obscure, and the rarities. Playing with the people and for the people, Crown’s musical revolution will be amplified!

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Dub Cowboy

Since 1999, Dub Cowboy has been on the bill for over 1,000 local events. He is currently spinning five nights a week and produces the #1 reggae radio show in Humboldt County, the Reggae Jamdown on KHSU.

Just One

Just one is a New York City grown DJ/ producer that’s been rocking shows since the early 90’s- spinning the best hip-hop and reggae parties. Since reallocation to CA in 2000 he has gotten to produce, remix, and spin for some of the greats of our Northern Cali music community, and is now part owner of SHC Records & Studios in Garberville.

Galen Davis

A DJ, producer and drummer from Southern Humboldt County, Galen has crafted tracks for artists such as J Boog, Demarco, M1 of Dead Prez, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Ishi Dube, Winstrong, and many more. He has rocked countless shows and parties from the West Coast to Colorado, Hawaii, and Central America and is also part owner of SHC Records in Garberville.

DJ Sister Yasmin

As the founder of Mendocino County’s first reggae radio program, Heartbeat Vibrations on KZYX, this reggae pioneer has been rocking CA’s airwaves, festivals and venues since 1989. She believes in the healing and revolutionary power of music to transcend borders, elevate consciousness, and inspire us to dance with love and joy.

Rundat

DJ Rundat was raised on reggae in Southern Humboldt, attending ROTR at a young age. Her love for the music inspired her to create Royal Roots Clothing, and she began spinning at local bars and music venues. Rundat gives back to the community by throwing Kids Dances and showing youth the music.

Green B

Representing Coo-Yah! Ladeez sound system from San Francisco, Green B is a California native who became obsessed with reggae while living in Boston in the 90’s. She is now one of the top reggae/ dancehall DJs in CA and known for her mix CD series, “Hot Gyal Promotion.” Each disc is a seamless mix of new reggae and dancehall with elements of African, Bass, Twerk and Hip Hop.

Sun Dub

Co-host of the Rankin’ Reggae Rotation on KMUD, DJ Sun Dub is knowledgeable on a wide range of world music and mixes a variety of global flavors into her reggae selections.


~~~~ Reggae on the River™ - 2014 Stage Schedule: ~~~

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GAUDI w/ Danny Ladwa & Michael Rose
Courtney John Project    ~ Jahdan Blakkamoore   ~    Los Rakas   ~   Paapa Wastik
Winstrong   ~   Ishi Dube   ~   Tchiya Amet   ~   Bobby Hustle   ~   Jade Steel   ~   Lacy Redhead

with special appearances by these Main Line-up Artists:

Majic    ~     Megah Banton    ~     Iba MaHr    ~    Michael Rose

Friday, August 1st:


12:00 ~ 

Opening Ceremony
12:30 ~  Thicker Than Thieves
1:55 ~  Majic
3:20 ~  i-Kronik
3:45 ~  Iba MaHr
4:45 ~  Megah Banton
6:10 ~  Fishbone
7:55 ~  Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang
8:55 ~  Bitty McLean
10:10 ~  Michael Rose
11:30 ~  Gentleman & The Evolution

Saturday, August 2nd:


10:30 ~ 

Opening Blessing
10:45 ~  John Trudell & Bad Dog
12:10 ~  Indubious
1:40 ~  Abya Yala
3:15 ~  Marlon Asher
4:40 ~  Etana
6:15 ~  SEE-I
7:55 ~  Third World
9:55 ~  Iration
11:30 ~  Jimmy Cliff

Sunday, August 3rd:


10:30 ~ 

Opening Blessing
10:45 ~  Ras Marcus Benjamin
Nyabinghi Dub Poet
11:00 ~  Zili Misik
12:25 ~  Meta & The Cornerstones
2:05 ~  Mutabaruka & Skool Band
3:40 ~  Jah9
5:00 ~  Gyptian
6:35 ~  Israel Vibration
8:30 ~  Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
   

Don't delay in planning your pilgrimage to the highly anticipated
July 31st - August 3rd, 2014
30th Annversary Reggae On The River™

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ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

ROTR - Lee Abel Photo

 
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