Labor Day Weekend brings three music festivals to downtown San Diego, catering to music fans of all ages and interests. So far, we’ve introduced you to the SoCal Music Festival in East Village, a 21+ event featuring headliners Cold War Kids, Too $hort, Designer Drugs and more acts, as well as TrampsLikeUs, a 18+ two-day EDM show at Valley View Casino Center with Wolfgang Gartner, Rusko, Datsik, Flux Pavilion and more DJs.
And now it’s time to meet the Labor Day option for San Diego’s reggae music fans old and young. The WorldBeat Cultural Center presents SummerSplash Reggae on the Bay, an all-ages mini festival with six acts to perform live at the waterfront Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier on Sunday, September 2.
The festival lineup includes reggae icons Barrington Levy, The Wailers, Midnite, Glen Washington, Triston Palma and Pablo Moses.
Headliner Barrington Levy is a Jamaica-born reggae artist popular in the dancehall scene. During the ‘80s, Levy released a series of popular singles that grew his audience across the globe, from “Under Mi Sensi” to “Black Roses” and “Here I Come.” Through the ‘90s and ‘00s, Levy’s sound evolved as he covered Bob Andy’s “Too Experienced” to much success, and collaborated with rapper Shyne on the hit track “Bad Boyz.” Levy also worked with San Diego-based rock-reggae band Slightly Stoopid for multiple tracks off the ’05 album Closer to the Sun. Levy’s music continues to resonate with reggae fans through the generations, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to the beach bars of Southern California.
Get in the reggae spirit with Barrington Levy's "Murderer"
Gates to the SummerSplash Reggae on the Bay music fest will open at 2pm. General admission tickets are $55, and VIP Artist Lounge passes are $100. For more information, visit worldbeatculturalcenter.com
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