Saturday, Aug. 8 –
gates 1 p.m.
Tickets: $25 & $35 Early bird special/ TBD At Gate
Tickets went on sale on Saturday, May 23, at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7835540/4th-annual-westside-reggae-festival.
Heart and Soul Entertainment presents the 2015 Fourth Annual Westside Reggae Festival featuring reggae legend Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffith, Freddie McGregor, Fab5, and more artists to be announced.
Also performing: Bob Marley Tribute Band featuring Ruben, Mad Satta and Royal Kaos.
Yellowman will no longer be performing due to a scheduling conflict. Collie Buddz will be stepping in to perform in his place. We’re excited to have Collie Buddz on board for 2015!
Gates open at 1 p.m.
No food, beverages or coolers may be brought into the venue – there will be food and beverage concessions available at the park.
Children 3 and under are free on the lawn only.
Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts. His new album, Easy To Love is as fine a representation of lovers’ rock as you could possibly wish for. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall has universal appeal.
Marcia Griffith known for everyone’s favorite party song and an international dance craze, “The Electric Slide”. Well known for her strong, passionate love songs and captivating live performances, and having the highest-selling single by a female Reggae singer of all time.
A Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, musician and producer all in one, Freddie McGregor’s music with its conscious lyrics has moved people for more than 40 years and made him a prominent figure in Reggae music! Some of his greatest hits include “Push Come To Shove,” “Africa Here I Come,” “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely,” his signature hit “Big Ship,” and his two #1 chart-topping hits “Lock Dem’ Down” and “Bangarang.”
Growing up on the island of Bermuda, Reggae music was a formidable influence on a young Collie Buddz. Born Colin Harper in New Orleans, LA to a mother of Bermudian heritage with roots on the island dating back to the 1700s, his father passed away while Collie Buddz was at the tender age of four. At that time, his mother moved the family back home to Bermuda. It wasn’t long before Buddz discovered more than his Bermudian heritage. Introduced to Reggae music by his older brother, Matthew, affectionately just known as “Smokey,” by the tenderfoot age of 12, Colin Harper quickly learned his way around a music studio. It soon became apparent to everyone within earshot of the boy that his voice was unique in a way that lingers long after you’ve heard him. “Back then, I just used to plug headphones into the microphone jack of a tape deck. I’d sing into one of the earpieces and record it on cassette,” Buddz recalls.
Eventually, Smokey relocated to Toronto to pursue an audio engineering degree. His baby brother, as always, tagged along. But Buddz had plans of his own. And, by the age of 19, he was attending Full Sail Academy in Orlando, FL pursuing his own audio engineering degree. Only 13 months later, Buddz had that degree. With dreams of becoming a major music producer, Buddz rejoined his brother in Canada.
As a producer, Buddz was the most comfortable in the studio. But he couldn’t find any artists that could really pull off the sound he desired so Buddz far too often found himself just running back and forth from the vocal booth to the mixing booth as he layered his own vocals for his production work. After a while, it just became easier for him to just do it all by himself. At this juncture, Colin Harper became Collie Buddz.
Fab 5 is known as Jamaica’s pre-eminent band, surpassing all others with its incredible history in the music industry. The band’s first-ever recording, “Come Back and Stay,” hit number one in Jamaica. It won the Swing Award for Best Band for three years straight, and the RJR Listeners’ Award for Best Band in 1980.