This years' festival features two (2) Stages of music on the Mann's mainstage as well as the Mann's all-new Skyline Stage, 10 DJ's/Soundsystems, arts and craft vendors, Global and Caribbean Food Village and more.
The lineup will feature veteran reggae crooner Beres Hammond, British reggae star Maxi Priest, Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy, Tarrus Riley and Yellowman along with U.S. based roots rock reggae bands, The Movement and Inner Visions. "It was a challenge to put together an entertainment package to top our inaugural year", stated co-promoter Jamaican Dave. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Over the course of a 30 year career, Beres Hammond has poured his smoky-sweet voice, an instrument of subtlety and power reminiscent of an Otis Redding or a Teddy Prendergast, over every kind of riddim track. Beres sophisticated musical taste is well suited to translate easily across cultural divides, yet the international reggae massive has remained his most loyal fan base.
Emerging in the early '90s, Shaggy was the biggest crossover success in dancehall reggae. Not only did he become the genre's most commercially potent artist, he is one of the few reggae artists to top both the album and pop singles charts in America. Shaggy connected with U.S. audiences in a big way with the 1995 release of Boombastic.
The platinum-certified album won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, while the title track shattered boundaries at radio, topping Billboard's Reggae, R&B and Rap charts. It also became the #1 selling single and hit #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart. Maxi Priest, a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent, is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion.
Priest's joyous brand of reggae and lovers' rock, infused with charismatic R & B have brought him a level of success that no other British reggae singer has matched. Maxi Priest holds the distinction of being one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have an American Billboard #1 hit - "Close to You" in 1990.
King Yellowman, once the undisputed King of the Dancehall, Tarrus Riley, the son of Jamaican reggae singer Jimmy Riley and U.S.based roots, rock, reggae bands, The Movement and Trevor Hall round out the talent on the main stage.