This annual springtime sun splash now celebrates a quarter-century as Austin’s premier riddim-generating, dance-inducing, people-watching, Jah-praising, life-affirming extravaganza. Synced to 4/20, the festival guarantees requisite irie vibes, particularly this year’s strong and varied lineup of legends, up-and-coming youngbloods, and the best of Austin’s genre talent.: Only Bob Marley moved more reggae albums than Saturday headliners Black Uhuru. Lead by founding member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson and featuring long-time vocalist Andrew Bees, expect to hear anthems “Sinsemilla,” “Spongi Reggae,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Aptly-named singer/producer Collie Buddz, who exploded on the scene a decade ago with “Mamacita,” wrecks the house on Saturday as well. Nattali Rize, Mighty Mystic, and Austin’s Hail Marley appear earlier in the day.: Throughout the weekend, locals DJ RJ and Jah Ray spin vinyl early and between sets. Festival sponsor the Flamingo Cantina also features many of the headliners in a more intimate setting on Sixth. And Reggae Fest again benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, so canned goods are encouraged.
Sat., April 21, noon