29th Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival
**Update 4/7/17: Saturday night's headlining show with New Kingston is officially sold out. **
The 29th Annual Sugarloaf Reggae Festival, presented by Bud Light, returns April 6th - 9th 2017.
With two major roots-reggae headliners performing in the King Pine Room, three nights of music in the Widowmaker Lounge and a fully stocked Saturday of live entertainment on the Outdoor Stage, this is sure to be one Reggae Festival you don't to want to miss.
Scroll through for information on tickets, lodging, and performers, and download the full entertainment schedule here.
All outdoor entertainment on the Beach and at Bullwinkles is free and open to all ages.
Please note: All nighttime entertainment is 21-plus only.
Good Vibes Package
Get the full Reggae Fest experience with a Good Vibes Package, starting at just $135 per person per night. Packages include lodging, lift ticket, and a Good Vibes Pass to get you into all of our nightime entertainment in the King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge. Learn more here, or call 1-800-THE-LOAF to book now.
Just need a room? No problem. You can book your room online, or give us a call at 1-800-THE-LOAF to let one of our reservation agents set you up with the perfect room.
Festival Headliner: New Kingston
We are excited to announce the official headliner of Reggae Fest 2017 is New Kingston!
New Kingston exploded onto the Sugarloaf Reggae Festival scene in 2016, with a sold out show in the Widowmaker Lounge, and this year they will step up to the main stage in the King Pine Room on Saturday, April 8th.
New Kingston is best described as an Urban Conscious Reggae family. Since 2006, the band of brothers - Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums), and Stephen (guitar) - have harnessed their dual identities, in order to craft an entirely unique sound that pays homage to their roots. This band of brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., dubbed themselves New Kingston, to appropriately reflect the combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. It is the fusion of these two identities, both their cultural roots and their current home, that guides their musical and stylistic direction.
Friday Night Headliner: John Brown's Body
Co-Headlining this year's Reggae Festival is John Brown's Body.
Returning to Sugarloaf Reggae Festival for the second time, John Browns Body will perform in the King Pine Room on Friday, April 7th.
Together for two decades and hailed as "Future roots, reggae, and dub with an intricately balanced weaving of vocals, percussion, keyboard, bass, guitar, and stunning 3-piece horn section that ties it all together" (WRUV), John Brown's Body (JBB) is building "a legacy that has inspired and carved a path for the now thriving contemporary American reggae scene" (Rudeboy Reggae). Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn't yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. Since then, JBB has played an important role in helping define distinctly "American reggae." JBB's music is steeped in traditional vibes, but unapologetically incorporates elements from other genres. While most American reggae bands tackled typical reggae themes (such as religion and marijuana), JBB acted more like an indie band, writing songs that used the vocabulary of reggae to express their own experiences. Their unique approach resonated with the masses.
Bringing the craziest Reggae dance party you'll ever be a part of! Check out Spiritual Rez Saturday on the Outdoor Stage.
Not long into the writing and recording process of their fourth studio album, Setting in the West (released October 7th, 2016), reggae-fusion act Spiritual Rez knew they were creating something special. Under the guidance of producer Kenny Carkeet, a founding member of AWOLNATION, the eclectic sextet fused their high-energy reggae sound with an edgy contemporary pop polish.
Gorilla Finger Dub
Back for another year, Gorilla Finger Dub has become a Sugarloaf favorite, playing to a HUGE Sunday crowd at Reggae Festival 2016.
Gorilla finger is a 6 piece reggae band from Southern Maine. The groups sound is a aggressive take on roots reggae but maintain's a very relaxed atmosphere. Originally inspired by the late Bob Marley, the band quickly fell into it's own releasing an original record titled cool it down. Over the last 6 years the band has shared the stage with many top ranking acts earning them a solid status in the Maine reggae scene.
Dub Kartel has been rocking the reggae stage for the past few years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. You can catch Dub Kartel at the Widowmaker Lounge on Friday, April 7th.
"Raising up the standard of a dance floor"; the mission of this live, seven-piece Dancehall Reggae band, Dub Kartel.
Over the past five years, the Halifax (NS) based group has honed their sound in the Canadian festival, club, and bar circuits, developing their unique blend of high energy, all-original Reggae, Dancehall, and Hip-Hop. Through positivity and an all-inclusive attitude, Dub Kartel creates an interactive live experience filled with improvisation, that entertains both audience and band members alike. With the impending release of their debut, self-titled full-length LP, these "B'ys from down the east" could not be more excited to bring their sound "unlike no other" to as many stages as possible.
Zeme Libre will be making an appearance at Reggae Festival 2017 on Thursday night in the Widowmaker Lounge.
Zeme Libre (Zem-May Lee-Bray) is a New England based band that is quickly gaining a reputation for its unique, high energy blend of Afrobeat, reggae, ska, and funk. Consisting of veteran performers from around the country, members of Zeme Libre have played and shared the stage with such great acts as: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Culture, Toots and the Maytals, Black Uhuru, Wyclef Jean, The English Beat, Burning Spear, De La Soul, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Wailers, The Skatalities, Bim Skala Bim, Ozomatli, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Yellowman. Whether on a stage at a local club or a high profile festival, Zeme Libre packs a wall of sound that is sure to get the crowd moving and dancing. Afro-fusion, hard tinged reggae, and ska.... Zeme Libre!
CatchaVibe returns to Reggae Fest 2017 after a couple year's hiatus. You can check them out Saturday, April 8th on the Outdoor Stage.
Creating World Reggae Fusion with deep grooves that breed dancing frenzies at colleges, festivals and clubs throughout the northeast region. Providing one pure stream of peace and harmony through reggae music. Get up and get down to the funky world riddims of CatchaVibe.
The Royal Hammer joins us for another year or Reggae fun, opening for John Brown's Body on Friday night in the King Pine Room and rocking the Widowmaker stage on Saturday night.
The Royal Hammer is a seven-piece roots reggae group from Portland, Maine. Heavily influenced by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Roots Radics, Royal Hammer takes pride in the authenticity of their sound. Mike Taylor (The Awesome, Rustic Overtones) is backed-up by a heavy rhythm section including Gary Gemetti (Rustic Overtones) on drums, Tyler Quist (Jaw Gems) on keys, and bass player Stu Mahan (Nat Osbourne Band, London Souls), and with Ryan Zoidis (Rustic Overtones, Soulive) and Lucas Desmond (Model Airplane) on saxes and Dave Noyes (Rustic Overtones, The Plains) on trombone, Royal Hammer's grooves are deep and infectious. The Royal Hammer has shared the stage with reggae legends Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Barrington Levy and has backed up international reggae artists Marty Dread and Legendary Glen DaCosta of Zap Pow and the Wailers.
Green Lion Crew
NEW this year, Green Lion Crew will be mixing the Reggae sounds at Bullwinkles on Saturday and Sunday. This is one on-mountain Reggae dance party you won't want to miss!
At the controls of a potent dancefloor experience that draws from reggae dancehall, hip hop and the synthy beats of urban electro, producer/DJ Green Lion is a sonic craftsman at home both on the decks and in the studio. Honed in the heated atmosphere of Jamaican sound system culture and a constant schedule of live club and concert dates in the United States, all Green Lion productions-on record, over the air or live and direct-are energetic affairs designed to set bodies in motion.
|Widowmaker Lounge||Outdoor Stage||Bullwinkles (On-mountain)||King Pine Room|
|Thursday, April 6th||
Zeme Libre - 9pm-12:30am
|Friday, April 7th||
Green Lion Crew - 3:30pm-5:30pm
Dub Kartel - 9pm-12:30am
Royal Hammer (Opening Act) 9pm-10:30pm
John Brown's Body - 11pm-12:30am
|Saturday, April 8th||
Royal Hammer - 9pm-12:30am
Dub Kartel -11am-12:30pm
CatchaVibe - 1pm-2:30pm
Spiritual Rez - 3pm-6pm
Green Lion Crew - 12pm-4pm
Gorilla Finger Dub (Opeining Act) 9pm - 10:30pm
New Kingston (Headliner) - 11pm-12:30am
|Sunday, April 9th||
Gorilla Finger Dub - 12pm-4pm
(Weather backup - Widowmaker Lounge)
Green Lion Crew - 12pm-4pm
NEW this year, we are now accepting applications for any non-food vendors interested in setting up on Saturday, April 8th during Reggae Festival. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.