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Biggest one yet: Reggae Fest set for Saturday

By Staff | Mar 8, 2018

With double the bands, five stages and more clubs taking part, the 4th Annual Reggae Festival set for Saturday in the South Cape promises to be bigger and better.

“It’s almost twice as big as far as the number of bands, stages and clubs, but the ticket price is the same as last year,” Dixie Roadhouse Marketing Manager Dave Townsend said, adding that last year’s festival attracted about 2,000 people.

Hosting a few national reggae bands inside the club showed that the genre of music attracted larger crowds than their rock and country shows.

“I saw that there was a need for live reggae entertainment in Southwest Florida,” Townsend said, of what ignited the annual festival. “Personally I like the island music . . . just the island fantasy. It’s why they live here and visit here, to get the island feeling.”

This year’s festival, scheduled to run from 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, until 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, will feature 21 bands, two DJs and two emcees.

Music on the main stage will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m., while the side stage performances will begin at 2:45 p.m. and move inside at 11 p.m. Once the outside concert concludes, Rockade and Rack ‘Em Billiards will continue the live music from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Townsend said during the afternoon, stages will be located inside Dixie Roadhouse, so those enjoying the Island Buffet, prepared by Chef Sugar Cane, can also hear a live band playing.

The regional, local and national bands include Third World; Influential; SowFlo; Propaganjah; Nostaljah; Jah Movement; Reggae Brew Resolvers; Unmotivated, Umoja; Roots Almighty; Mad Soul; Irie AC; Krazi Red; Ragady Lapsey; Fireside Profits; Trinity Seven; The JewMaicans; Roots; Seventh Chapter; DJ Traffic and DJ Selecta AJ.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free.

“Ticket sales are really good this year,” Townsend said, adding that he’s guessing they will have about 3,000 attendees.

VIP tickets, which Townsend expects to sell out, are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. The tickets include free Island Buffet until 9 p.m.; free beer party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the VIP tent; VIP tent seating with private VIP bar; front stage viewing; meet-and-greet with the bands in the VIP tent; free souvenir lanyard and VIP restrooms.

“Once they buy their ticket they can come and go as they want,” he said of all ticket holders. “There are tons of restaurants in South Cape. They can shop and eat all of over South Cape.”

The festival is open for all ages. Townsend said they will have face painting, balloon animals and other little things for the youngsters to do during the festival.

There also will be a plethora of food available, a $12 buffet within Dixie Roadhouse and approximately 20 food trucks.

The festival also will feature about 20 other vendors selling an assortment of goodies.

The festival is located at the Dixie Roadhouse, 1023 SE 47th Terrace.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/reggaefest-2018-with-third-world-and-20-bands-and-reggae-djs-tickets-42400201143. Information can also be found atwww.facebook.com/southcapereggaefest/https://www.facebook.com/southcapereggaefest/.