Undoubtedly, there are millions of Reggae fans all across the globe and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area has some of the most avid. For the past 8 years the Jamaica Day Reggae Festival has been wooing fans with the best of Jamaica’s artistes and local artistes at this fundraising event.
Now in its 9th year, the event will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Howard County Fairground, 2218 Fairground Road, West Friendship, Maryland, beginning 1 pm. Admission to the event is $40 per person.
This year’s theme is ‘A Musical Tribute all the Late Reggae Icons’ and an eclectic mix of artistes will be on stage to pay homage and entertain patrons. Josey Wales, Little John, Ras Slick, Da Real Storm, Ras French, Monsoon, and Tony Roy are among the list of performing artistes for this event. The DMV area’s most prolific Caribbean radio personalities Tony Carr and Papa Wabe will be the Masters of Ceremonies.
“Jamaica Day Reggae Festival started 9 years ago with the sole purpose of providing the best of our culture musically to reggae lovers and fans in the Metropolitan Area,” said Carlos Daley of Jamaica Promotional Company, presenters of the event.
Previous events have featured John Holt, Alton Ellis and Sugar Minott Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, Glen Washington, Half Pint, Tanya Stephens, Yellowman, Professor Nuts, Frankie Paul among other Reggae giants.
The difference that separates Jamaica Day Reggae Festival from other stage shows is that it’s purely Reggae and the proceeds go to benefit educational charities. The main benefactor of this family festival is the Jamaica Education Foundation for the Poor, Inc.
The Jamaica Education for the Poor Foundation was established to provide funding for a leadership training center to at-risk youths in Jamaica and to set up an Arts and cultural center in Maryland.
“Jamaica is a poor, poor country. Most of the kids, they need some form of direction,” Carlos Daley recently told a Gazette reporter. “Studying that environment, we realized that if we had a center, where they can have a library, a computer center, a conference center, a leadership training center, all included under one umbrella, then that will give them some hope for a better future.”
Not only does the event showcase Reggae but it provides fans with an array of delicious Jamaican cuisine and crafts from Jamaica and around the world.
Learn more about the best festival on the US east coast by visiting Jamaica Day Reggae Festival.
By Karl A. Haughton