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.
Direct from Kingston, Friday features future stars Kabaka Pyramid & the Bebble Rockers who blend reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. New Kingston is a Jamaican family band of roots rockers from NYC who continue garnering raves. Austin’s insuperable Mau Mau Chaplains start the party.
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.
Fri., April 20, 3pm