Stateline, NV…Island-fused soul comes to Lake Tahoe with the second annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, Saturday, June 29, the official launch of the 2013 summer concert series at the MontBleu Outdoor Events Center. (http://www.montbleuresort.com
Tahoe’s taste of island irie at the 5,200-seat outdoor amphitheater will feature breezy Jamaican rhythms and reggae ska beats from headliners SOJA and Alpha Blondy, along with special guests Passafire, Stick Figure, Tomorrows Bad Seed and Island of Black & White. The show begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, ages six and under are free. They’re available through Ticketmaster.com or the MontBleu Box Office, 888-829-7630.
Other support acts in this year’s lineup include Squarefield Massive and J*Ras from Sacramento.
SOJA is a bar-raising collection of artists, known for their uncanny method of fusing rock, hip hop and folk music into hard-driving reggae beats to bring home lyrical messages of unity and change with universally relatable songs about faith, hope and love.
With 16 studio albums behind him, Alpha Blondy is the superstar reggae man from Ivory Coast, known among fans as “Commander of the African Groove.” Alpha Blondy is a melodist, activist and philosopher who transforms traditional reggae and African beats into his own poetic creations building his career with reggae classic such as “Brigadier Sabary,” “Jérusalem,” and “Afriki.”
The festival will also highlight internationally recognized reggae acts Passafire, known for its reggae-rock progressive blend; Stick Figure, a roots-based reggae creation built on fusing traditional music with reverberating echoes of dub; Hermosa Beach-based Tomorrows Bad Seeds, recognized for its live show creation of rock, reggae, ska punk, surf-rock, hip-hop and blues. Also, Sacramento-area favorite Island of Black & White will appear bringing its funk, folk and acoustic reggae jams blend to the stage.