Reggae festival on Saturday

  • Simon White and Rhythm Incorporated

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 8:30:14 AM

Rounding out three music festivals to be held this weekend, Saturday’s Wendell Reggae Fest will feature an upbeat lineup of a dozen bands including Wendell-based Simon White and Rhythm Incorporated, the event’s organizer.

White, the band’s frontman, was born and raised in town. Thus, performing at Deja Brew Cafe and Pub on Lockes Village Road, which has hosted the festival since its inception three years ago, is natural — as natural as White sounds when he’s spitting out smooth lyrics to a pulsating guitar rhythm and funky bass. 

“Originally, I just wanted it to be a party in my hometown. But it’s turning into an actual festival,” White said about the festival’s beginnings. “It’s a really good time. It’s been pretty successful.”

In recent years, White said the festival has drawn hundreds of spectators. Doors to Saturday’s reggae festival will open at 1 p.m. and live music will begin an hour later behind the pub and continue until midnight.

The lineup features the Wendell Warriors from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m.; Headband from 2:30 to 3:10 p.m.; Prince Royal from 3:20 to 4 p.m.; Jamemurrell and Drummers of Peace Equality from 4:10 to 5 p.m.; Roots All Stars from 5:10 to 5:50 p.m.; Dave Noonan’s Green Island from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Rebelle from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.; DJ Live and Chop City Rebelz from 7:30 to 7:50 p.m.; I Anbassa from 9:20 to 9:40 p.m.; Burnie T from 9:40 to   10 p.m.; and White’s band from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

In addition to the reggae music, there will be Caribbean food, a bonfire, drinks available at a full bar and vendors selling their wares. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 door. Passes can be purchased at the Wendell Country Store or at Western Mass Organic Garden Supply in Greenfield. Kids under 12 are free. The festival is family friendly.

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