Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Reggae in the middle

Music fest moves to Hailey

Express Staff Writer

    The Hailey Rodeo Grounds have been the site of many a horsey event, natch, but the arena has been a surprisingly flexible venue with things like the recent circus. And now, it will be the new location for the annual Reggae in the Mountains World Jam coming up Saturday, July 20.
    As the audience capacity has increased, so has the caliber of acts coming to contribute their island vibe to the valley floor. And, it’s actually the only reggae festival in Idaho.
    The show will kick off at 4 p.m. with music by Chicago Afro Beat Project, which is one of the first American bands to bring Afrobeat to the masses, weaving the Chicago music scene with a unique, Western-influenced Nigerian style.
    Etana is Jamaica’s 2013 Reggae Female Artist of the Year. Event organizer Danny Walton promises an audacious fusion of folk, soul, jazz and reggae blended with cultural consciousness.
    Khari Kill brings versatile reggae from Trinidadan roots. The lyrically gifted Kill speaks out against oppression, poverty and injustice.
    Along with the music, the World Jam will have plenty of water, food and merchant vendors on hand, so Walton asks that no one bring food. Empty water bottles, however, are encouraged.
    There will also be a yoga slackline,
    Avoid the long lines and get tickets in advance by visiting Atkinsons’ Markets in Ketchum and Hailey, Johnny G’s Subshack in Ketchum, the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Backwoods and Peak and Perks.
    Tickets are $30 until Friday, July 19, and $35 at the gate on the day of the show. VIP, “Very Irie People,” tickets are $100 with access to the Reggae in the Mountains-World Jam VIP sponsors tent with VIP parking, décor, no-host bar, food, servers, swag and shade.
    Check out more at the Mountain Niceness page on Facebook.

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