Lively up yourself, reggae fans. It's that time again (August already? Seriously, summer, slow your roll). Gather up the tribe, slather on the sunscreen and trek out to French's Camp for the 33rd Annual Reggae on the River happening Aug. 3-6 ($90-$500).
The Mateel Community Center's iconic festival along the banks of and spilling into the Eel River has been raising vibes higher than the redwoods since 1984. And this year's four-day, one love fest keeps the tradition grooving along with headliners Kabaka Pyramid & Walshy Fire, Ibibio Sound Machine, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Slightly Stoopid, Sly & Robbie and Dezarie from the U.S. Virgin Islands who's making a rare appearance at the festival. Other favorites like Yogoman Burning Band, Tatanka, Mystic Roots Band, Irie Rockers, Altar Tones, Rocker T & the 7th Street Band and Woven Roots will also bring the fire. In addition to the more than 30 international reggae and world music artists, the event features some 60 arts and crafts vendors, nonprofit booths, a variety of food vendors, DJs and LED digital stage displays and a special spot for the youngsters called Kidlandia.
Go down for the day or lay down some roots for the entire run by staking out your camping spot, including the new for 2017 Premier Camping, located in a grassy and mixed-shade camping area. Single day tickets are available at the gate Friday through Sunday. For more info about this year's lineup, camping pricing and tickets, visit www.reggaeontheriver.com.
— Kali Cozyris