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Reggae rises in the west

Tamara Jones
Vail CO, Colorado

The second annual Reggae Rising Festival commences this weekend at Dimmick

Ranch in Humboldt, Calif. Artists and fans will come from across the globe

to celebrate three days of roots and dancehall reggae Friday, Saturday and

Sunday in this evolved version of the former Reggae on the River.

This reggae festival is a unique destination because it is located amid

beautiful scenery in northern California, about five hours north of San

Francisco. The drive goes through some of the most gigantic Redwood trees in

the country, and once you arrive to this reggae city, campgrounds are

located along a cool and relaxing river.

The festival arena will feature some of the hottest reggae acts in the

scene. Some standout acts include Julian Marley, Don Carlos, drum and bass

superstars Sly and Robbie, UB40, the rough Junior Reid, lovers rocker Beres

Hammond, and dancehall legends Sizzla and Turbulence.

The last night of the festival features High Altitude Dancehall Club with

artists like Cham, Mr. Vegas and Lexxus hitting the microphone. If you like

the styles of Jamaican dance, this is the place to wind up your waist on the

dance floor.

From sunrise to way past sunset, fans will have many opportunities to make

friends and share in this celebration of the reggae community. Festival

vendors will sell art and goods from Jamaica, Africa and Indonesia, along

with locally-crafted clothing. The food vendors will offer an array of

cuisine for all palates and diets.

A three-day admission ticket is $189 and camping is an additional $60.

Travelers coming from Colorado typically drive, but because of gas prices

this summer it might be more economical to fly into Oakland and rent a car.

The drive from there is the most beautiful part of the trip.

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