Labor Day Reggae Fest 2018
It's back, baby! Our Labor Day Reggae event takes over Stargazer Pavilion at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel!

5 Great Reggae Bands

At Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion
Date: Saturday, Sep 1, 2018
Time: Gates open at 1p
General Admission – tickets are $25!
Ticket prices will increase $5 on the day of the concert.

Venue: Stargazer Pavilion
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We’ve brought back the Labor Day Reggae Fest! 5 bands take the Stargazer stage to help you get your party on. Local favorite Kill Babylon Coalition takes the stage @ 2p to kick things off, followed by Maka Roots, the Ras Jahge Band (formerly Uproot), Through the Roots and headliner Black Uhuru!

General Admission – tickets are $25!
Ticket prices will increase $5 on the day of the concert.

Come enjoy this Labor Day extravaganza!

The following items are prohibited: No outside Food or Beverages (including sealed water), Cameras, Umbrellas, Chairs, Drugs, or Weapons.

All bags are subject to search. Please be aware that you & your belongings are subject to search for prohibited items. If you have any of these items, you will be asked to return them to your vehicle.

Kill Babylon Coalition

Rising from the center of Arizona, Kill Babylon Coalition is a Roots Rock Reggae band formed in 2012. The Coalition is Zoe Collins u on vocals, keys & melodica and Petey Walkalove up front on vocals & guitar, Arizona roots Reggae veterans Carlos Kindread solid steady drums & vocals, and Jimmy Soto on bass & melodica

We are a coalition, and we need you to join us by walking the words of love needed for unification of all the peoples. KBC grows and distributes its own non gmo organic food & seeds for free, known as KBC Food & Flowers, Camp Verde Az.

KBC has been blessed to share the stage with The Wailers, Rootz Underground, Morgan Heritage, King Yellowman, Arise Roots, Barrington Levy, General Smilely, Mighty Mystic, Stranger Band, Ras Linga, Maka Roots

Maka Roots

Maka Roots is a veteran in Reggae music who stands firm and true, reverent to the traditional and foundation roots reggae sound and esthetic. His music is original, modern and progressive as well. Along with these vital qualities, his music is heartfelt, with a positive, conscious message. Harmonious, melodious music that pleases the ears and elevates the mind. Music that moves the heart and lifts the spirit. Thought provoking messages that are lyrically sharp, potent and relevant. His versatile live set is a balance of styles from the reggae music spectrum. From conscious roots anthems to digi-dancehall style, rebel music to lovers rock, Maka Roots plays it all. Tight and crisp. Melodic, thoughtful and creative. Fierce and driving. Dubwise and bubbling. Executed with precision and heart. Live performances are a refreshing, positive and upful experience. His reputation is solidified as one of San Diego’s top roots reggae artists and is felt wherever he takes the stage.

Ras Jahge Band/Uproot

Ras Jahge Band (formerly Uproot) is a Reggae band from Yuma, AZ formed in 1997 by three brothers and three friends. Their early years consisted of a lot of touring, playing shows in the southwest United States. Having played from small bars, all the way up to headlining festivals with other international Reggae artists Ras Jange Band has always had a knack for making new Reggae fans wherever they go and have played a major role in forming the now thriving Reggae scene in the Southwest. Having shared the stage with Reggae heavyweights old and new, like Steel Pulse, Third World, Yellowman, Gregory Isaacs, Rebelution, and Tribal Seeds just to name a few, Ras Jahge Band is not to be missed.

Through the Roots

From what was once a dream inspired by close friends, to humble beginnings filled with living room jams, late nights writing songs in the garage, backyard house parties and countless complaints from neighbors, San Diego-based reggae/rock band Through the Roots was born.

Through the Roots quickly moved from the streets and backyard shows to touring in 2010 and soon hooked up for West Coast and national tours with some of the reggae/rock genres top headliners. The San Diego band eventually added Corrick Watson (lead guitar/vocals) and Budda Foster (bassist/keys) from Los Angeles to the talented, five-man mix.

With the band set, Through the Roots looks forward to continue spreading its positive messages, and showcasing its high energy for this show at Cliff Castle Casino. This one is not to be missed!

BLACK UHURU

Derrick “Duckie” Simpson the “Gong Gong Gullie” is the founder and leader for reggae’s BLACK UHURU. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years.

The roots of BLACK UHURU were formed in Kingston Jamaica’s Waterhouse district also known as “Firehouse” in the early 60′s. Though considered to be one of Jamaica’s toughest neighborhoods it’s home to several other reggae singers and musicians. It was where Duckie Simpson grew up and learned to sing from boyhood friends Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald of Wailing Souls and Bob Marley. He recorded four tracks with Wailing Souls before forming his own group.

The original Uhuru’s (Swahili for freedom) were Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, Euvin “Don Carlos” Spencer and Rudolph “Garth” Dennis. They only recorded a few singles “Folk Songs” “Time Is On Our Side” and “Slow Coach” before separating. Don went solo and Garth joined Wailing Souls.

Duckie reformed the group adding Michael Rose & Errol “Tarzan” Nelson, both from Waterhouse. They recorded their debut album “Love Crises” in 1977 at Prince Jammy’s famous studio in Waterhouse on St. Lucia Road. It was later re-released as “Black Sounds Of Freedom”. Errol later left to join The Jayes. He was soon replaced by American female singer & dancer Sandra “Puma” Jones. They teamed up with drummer Sly Dunbar and bass player Robbie Shakespeare. Together they developed a musical style full of deep bass thumps, loud drum slaps, sharp keyboards, long instrumentals with guitar riffs, whirly back round noises, echos and the signature”woh oh oh’s” creating they’re “classic” sound. Producing hits like “I Love King Sellassie, “‘Shine Eye Gals”, “General Penitentary” and “What is Life”.

BLACK UHURU released the albums Red, Chill Out, Sensemila and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and began to tour the world bringing them to international audiences. It was during this period they started to gain rapid popularity. They opened live shows for the Rolling Stones and the Police. They began to work with other well accomplished producers and musicians. Keith Richards played guitar for the “Shine Eye Gal” track. Dennis Brown “The Crown Prince of Reggae” produced the tracks “Rent Man” and Wood For My Fire”. The track” Spongi Reggae” appeared on an episode of The Bill Cosby Show and “Party in Session” in the movie 1980′s North Shore. BLACK UHURU made reggae history when they won the first ever Grammy Award for reggae music in 1984 for the album Anthem Shortly after the grammy Michael Rose went solo.

Another Waterhouse resident named Delroy “Junior” Reid became the new lead singer. They released two albums Brutal and Positive. The Brutal album was nominated for a grammy. They filmed three music videos for the tracks “Fire City” “Brutal”, and “Great Train Robbery”, that track also played on a popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Sadly in 1990, due to ill health, Sanda “Puma” Jones passed away of cancer. Junior Reid shortly went solo.

Then the original three re-united. They released four albums Now, Iron Storm, Mystical Truth and Strong. Each album was nominated for grammy. They made an award winning music video for the track “Tip Of The Iceberg” featuring rap star Ice-T in 1992. Eventually splitting up again. Carlos & Dennis left again & Duckie stayed again. This time there was a lawsuit brought amongst the group over the band’s legal rights in Los Angeles county court. Derrick Simpson won.

As the new melenium approached there came a new lead singer yet again from Waterhouse named Andrew “Bee’s” Beckford. They released two albums. Unification was produced by King Jammy & Dynasty was produced by Fitzroy Francis & Duckie. They went on a worldwide tour featuring Sly and Robbie and had the famous producer Scientist as its road engineer. Andrew Bee’s then went solo.

In 2007 Duckie & Michael Rose reunited after twenty years. They performed in Jamaica and did one international tour and released the single “Dollars”. In 2011 Duckie reunited with Andrew Bee’s after ten years. He added female backing vocalist Kaye Star and began touring again performing in South America & America.

BLACK UHURU recently performed in a Broadway Musical. The red carpeted event “Loving the Silent Tears: A New Msuical” premiered October 27th 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Ca. They were invited to represent reggae music and performed a new track “Make A Deal”. And in Las Vegas Nevada BLACK UHURU was recently honored for its contribution to the entertainment industry. August 31st if now officially “Black Uhuru Day” in the city of Las Vegas.

BLACK UHURU’s long success has allowed them to become ambassadors of reggae while earning several achievements in the music industry. With 14 full length albums, 7 instrumental dub albums, and 4 live albums they have the highest record sales in reggae music behind Bob Marley. The album Red was voted #23 for Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980′s. Aside from winning the first reggae grammy they have been nominated 5 more times. They are the only reggae group to have won the Diamond Awards of Excellence in 1994.

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