Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival // July 25-26 in Carnation, WA
NW reggae lovers rejoice… the Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival is just around the corner and the lineup is looking hot! The event focuses on reggae acts local to the Pacific North West, while featuring a handful of acts from beyond our cozy coastal zone. If you’re looking for a respite from the city this upcoming weekend, hit the 90 east and you’ll be at Cook’s Farm in Carnation, WA within the hour!
The HomeGrown NW Reggae Fest was founded by two local musicians, Mike Yarosz and Bill Ulsund with a mission to provide a musician-oriented festival lineup focused on the true ensemble nature of reggae music. The theme of the event is “The best local reggae music the Northwest has to offer…” so if you know your locals, you can expect a deep rooted family vibe with this two-day festival. Many of the bands perform locally at Seattle’s hottest spots for reggae music including Nectar Lounge, Barboza, Neumo’s, and The Crocodile. Noteworthy NW locals include Indubious, The Highlife Band, YogoMan Burning Band, The Approach, Two Story Zori, Positive Rising, The Mystic Arrows, Wet City Rockers, The Hooky’s, Positive Rising, Tribal Order and many more!
Headlining the event are Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah, from Springfield, Missouri. The lead vocals of Josh are sung in a forceful falsetto over guitar-centered melodies. His album mate and co-songwriter Skillinjah performs in a dancehall toaster style, with rapid-fire lyrics that weave drama, humor and hi jinx in with style. Also from outside the Northwest are headliners New Kingston, a true family band from Brooklyn, New York by way of Jamaica. Three brothers perform contemporary reggae infused with hip-hop and R&B with their father, world-renowned reggae bassist Courtney Panton.
With 20 stellar bands, two stages and two full days of live reggae music, the Northwest Homegrown Reggae Festival is sure to please. So grab your spliffies, coolers and camping gear and head to Carnation this coming Friday. And if you need a head start, be sure to catch The Original Wailers at Nectar Lounge Thursday July 24th. Large up the NW community!
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Posted on July 20, 2014, in Events, Music and tagged Barboza, Bill Ulsund, Festival, Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival, Indubious, Mike Yarosz, Nectar Lounge, Neumos, New Kingston, North West, Positive Rising, reggae, Skillinjah, The Approach, The Crocodile, The Highlife Band, The Hooky's, The Mystic Arrows, The Original Wailers, The Wailers, Tribal Order, Two Story Zori, Wet City Rockers, YogoMan Burning Band. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.