LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
The 2nd Annual Reggae On The Grass Free The People With Music
$10 Reserved Parking Available - Select from Ticket Options Above
Reggae On The Grass celebrates the thriving reggae community in Colorado.
The Inaugural 2018 staging was the largest free concert series production at the Levitt Pavilion for Denver's 50 family friendly concert series, at 6200 attendees.
Presented by BloodPreshah/Rasta Stevie & KGNU Community Radio, ROTG features the best Colorado based Reggae bands, DJ's , and singers. New for 2019 , Reggae On The Grass is adding International Reggae All-Stars.
With a stated mission to unify, promote, and uplift the entire Colorado reggae movement, ROTG showcases Radio, as well as night club selectors alongside artistes and performers. Advocating for the Jamaican Sound System culture.
ROTG also features a Reggae Market (Marketplace) a colorful array of Reggae related merchandise, arts, crafts, and services.
Reggae On The Grass is an all ages, family friendly event with free general admission lawn space, and our new paid VIP area with perks and an interactive kids area. This event is rain or shine.
All Ages | General Admission Lawn | Paid VIP Admission
This event is Rain or Shine
THE ULTIMATE JAMAICAN ROOTS ROCK REGGAE BAND EARTHKRY
LEGENDARY JAMAICAN MALLORY “BOOM SHE BOOM” WILLIAMS
DANCEHALL DEEJAY SENSATION DADDY SCREW
M.C. RASTA STEVIE
DENVER VINTAGE REGGAE SOCIETY
SELASSEE AND THE FAFA FAMILY
RAS MARCUS BENJAMIN
MOUNTAIN LION DYNASTY
DUBWIZE YOGA DENVER
THE GROOVE THIEF
MYSTO THE MAGI
Reggae on the Grass VIP Party Patio Upgrades Available
Your $60 donation gets you:
Access to the ROTG VIP Party Patio
Meet and Greet Artists before doors open
Private VIP bar with 2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 11:00am
Side stage viewing
Venue VIP Upgrades Available
Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 11:00am
Premium stage viewing
For more information about the artists please visit: https://reggaeonthegrass.com
THE ULTIMATE JAMAICAN ROOTS ROCK REGGAE BAND
Their journey began with a twist of fate which brought together keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane , drummer Kieron Cunningham, bass guitarist Kamardo Blake and vocalist/guitarist Aldayne Haughton, to play a series of small gigs. Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group soon cemented a wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae, Souls and Rock genres for a fresh but universal sound. Much like the iconic reggae outfit The Wailers, the band chose its name, EarthKry, to signify its mission to voice the grievances of the downtrodden through the vibrations of their Legacy music. Since 2013 the band has spent much of their time creating music with other notable artistes in recording sessions while further developing their signature sound. Through the guidance of veteran drummer/ lecturer Derrick Stewart, veteran trumpeter Nambo Robinson, guitarist/former tutor Maurice Gordon and producers Stephen Stewart and Sam Clayton, the band has since released a successful debut EP “Hard Road”, an acclaimed, worldwide top charting debut album “SURVIVAL” and have toured extensively on some of the biggest international stages.
Legendary Jamaican MALLORY WILLIAMS
Mallory williams wrote many songs which became verry popular in Jamaica and other parts of the Globe. In his 1986 song She Boom, Mallory Williams sings about a woman called 'Poochie Lou', whose dancing sets the Rae Town Sunday night oldies session alight, so much so that "dem tun off de soun' fi she sekkle down/Coulden sekkle down she come fi mash up de town". However, in the writing of She Boom, there was a woman whose name is not mentioned in the song. And his connection to that woman, Sophia George, came about because of her hit, Girlie Girlie. The late Tony Laing directed the video for She Boom, centred around the Capricorn Inn, during a Sunday night session when as Williams sings, "Klassique in town, good vibes jus' a flow". After Williams did the song Reggae Gone Grammy, he had looked up Laing. The musical connection was from another generation as their fathers had played in the same band. Williams told The Sunday Gleaner that he played keyboards on Girlie Girlie and was in the band that went with George to perform in England, as well as Holland, Spain, and other European countries. Son of the famous Jamaican pianist and band leader, Luther Williams, cousin to model/singer/actress, the inimitable Grace Jones, Mallory developed as a self-taught musician playing the piano at every available opportunity. In 1976 he made his debut with the Tony DaCosta Band as a keyboard player. It was sheer coincidence that on this occasion he worked at the Hilton, previously known as the Arawak, the same hotel where his father spent most of his residency and subsequently composed his hit tune Arawak-Cha-Cha at that time. Seeking wider experience, Mallory left Jamaica after a two-year initiation and journeyed to New York from where he began working the cruise ship circuit with Jamaican singer Alston Bair. The home bug bit in 1980 and Mallory returned to Jamaica and joined the Caribs Band at the Jonkanoo Lounge. Not content to accompany the various artists of the day, he ventured unto front stage himself, and did a successful stint as a Cabaret artist performing to both local and international audiences. During this time, Mallory opened up for international superstars Nancy Wilson and Lou Rawls. The success of these events and rising popularity beckoned him into the recording arena. His first single covered the Paragons' hitMemories by the Score. His next two records signaled further development as a composer. Mallory's Reggae Gone Grammy and Irie Daughter both entered the top ten chards in a short time, but it was the classic ode to dancehall, She Boom which not only became number one on the charts, but also became the first music video which portrayed dancehall dancers and blazed a new trail for other vides showcasing the dancehall movement. "She Boom" was subsequently covered in French by "Kulcha Konnection" and rose to #1 on the French music charts. Still in pursuit of a wider experience, Mallory changed from solo artist to principal keyboard accompanist to a wide cross section of the most outstanding and accomplished reggae artists recognized worldwide. They included Jimmy Cliff, with whom he recorded Cliff's gold album. The Power and Glory and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with whom he toured and played on several albums including the Grammy Award winning Fallen is Babylon. As keyboard player with the all-star backing band Lloyd Parkes and We the People, he accompanied other artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe and John Holt. Mallory's CD, Dance Reggae-Cha-Cha is a remake of his father's instrumental classic hit Arawak-Cha-Cha to which he added lyrics and recorded it in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
DANCEHALL DEEJAY DADDY SCREW
Daddy Screw, is a Jamaican dancehall deejay best known for his work in the 80’s and 90’s. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Daddy Screw began to deejay while still a student at Vauxhall Comprehensive High School. He released his first single Dimbo Bucket in 1984. Recorded Madda Mampie for Tuff Gong Records producer Tony Kelly, and met brother Dave Kelly of Mad House records fame that produced several Jamaican hit singles. Daddy Screw has also worked with Bobby Digital, and Digital B records, VP Records, and has recorded with Terror Fabulous, Louie Culture, Sanchez, Maxi Priest, and Barrington Levy.
M.C. RASTA STEVIE
Rasta Stevie is a true renaissance event host. With 30+ years in the festival/event industry, he is the internationally recognizable emcee who utilizes his captivating stage presence an unmistakable voice to create a higher level of professional entertainment presentation, full of excitement, experience, history and vitality.
For nearly a decade the Colorado based reggae band, DubSkin, has been writing, recording and performing their unique brand of roots reggae music. Since forming in 2006, DubSkin has independently released multiple ground breaking albums and has shared the stage with reggae giants such as Burning Spear, Stephen Marley, Israel Vibrations, Matisyahu, SOJA and Collie Buddz to name a few. DubSkin has also played some of the prominent music venues and festivals in America including the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco and Summer Camp.
With the release of their latest album, Light The Dark, DubSkin continues to push the boundaries of the reggae genre and create music that is not only danceable but also provokes contemplation on the nature of reality, the history of humanity, the issues societies face today and the possible solutions of tomorrow. By combining soulful vocals, conscious lyrics, catchy melodies and body moving rhythms, DubSkin is blazing a trail of their own in the reggae musical landscape.
The Alcapones is a musical brotherhood that is one part heart and one part madness, initially founded in 2012. This band shares life’s simple joys through original music inspired by authentic Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. From raw originals to jazz/ska/reggae fusion, the Alcapones’ unique style continuously inspires your feet on the dance floor. Raise your spirit and celebrate life like a gangster of love!
DENVER VINTAGE REGGAE SOCIETY
Based around the love for and preservation of 60’s & 70’s Reggae and the celebration of personal creativity and uniqueness. 7 years and going strong, the DVRS host a reggae night on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Goosetown Tavern in Denver. Filled with top notch vintage reggae spun by the DVRS deejays.
Long ago and long ago, Ganja Zulu had his fun in the burning sun. His vibes come right out of Kingston 11. Aka Chris Irie, some say he is the illegitimate son of U-Roy because of his old-school DJ flavor. Daddy U-Roy the Father influenced Ranking Trevor, U-Brown, Ranking Joe, and Brigadier Jerry, then the torch was handed to Ganja Zulu to keep the Waterhouse style alive. He is one of Denver's hottest reggae artists, landing in the Mile High City in the early 1990s. He was here training for the Kung Fu Heavyweight Full-Contact Championship in Seoul, Korea. After winning the World Championship, he was hired by the Denver Broncos to help train them to reach the Super Bowl.
Ganja Zulu has three faces: 1) International reggae artist signed to Perris Records with hardcore/reggae band, Platoon 13, which toured throughout the U.S., Montreal, Argentina, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore and was compared by many to Bad Brains and Skin Dread; 2) Star of five kung fu action films, including My Samurai, Tiger Street, and Little Bear and the Master to name a few (he is always the ruthless bad boy with the big fight scene at the end) 3) International martial arts trainer at Rocky Mountain Movement in Englewood, CO (plus another location in Silicon Valley-San Jose, CA). Being a kung fu master and movie star makes Ganja Zulu a force to be reckoned with on stage with his rapid lyrical singjay style that will lick you straight to your head with vibes.
Niceness is rooted in the traditional sounds of island reggae; seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, latin and hip-hop while staying true to their authentic reggae vibes. Their lyrics embody a conscious message seldom found in this day and age, centrally focused on love, personal responsibility, interdependence and sustainability. With a strong foundation of musicians, Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on the keys, Mike Enriquez on bass, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, Jeff Gutierrez on tenor sax, John White on Alto sax and Jared Wright on trumpet, the musical sense and rhythm is solid allowing for the vocal melodies of Koral Delatierra to sweep you away into the niceness that is abounding all around us.
"Our goal as a band is to spread positive vibrations with our music, sharing words of wisdom and gratitude to inspire and empower our fellow brothers and sisters to know thyself and to stand in truth and love."
SELASSEE AND THE FAFA FAMILY
Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.
On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians and Anthony B. .
In his own words—“Humility is power!”
BloodPreshah is Colorado's Premier Reggae Music DJ and Reggae Music Specialist. He has been involved in the Reggae Music Industry for over 25 years, As a Top DJ, Audio Engineer,On Air Talent, Booking Agent, and Promoter. BloodPreshah serves As the host on Local Reggae Radio Programs including Reggae Bloodlines, Reggae TransFusion, and Dub Palace on Colorado’s Community Radio 88.5FM KGNU,Boulder, Denver, Ft. Collins.
BloodPreshah's unrivaled devotion to reggae music and entertainment industry experience have placed him at the top of the Local Reggae Music Scene and earned him both local, and regional recognition, awards, and has made him one of the most sought after dj's in the industry.
Ken Hamblin III (a.k.a. DJ K-Nee) is a charming and witty, Grand Master who instinctively knows how to use music to uplift spirits and keep your party going!
He is currently a resident DJ at the Preservery in Denver providing musical beats for dinner and brunch. He is co-founder of, “So What! The Club,” one of Denver’s longest running club nights, which currently throws monthly and one-off dance parties around Denver. He also hosts weekly and monthly radio slots on KUVO 89.3fm and KGNU 88.5fm in Denver/Boulder covering the spectrum of reggae, jazz, soul and alternative beats.
RAS MARCUS BENJAMIN
Ras Marcus Benjamin, has been writing and performing Dub Poetry for over 20 years, he has 1 book of poems released "Dub Talking" and several Dub Poetry Songs released over the years as well as a brand new Nyabinghi Dub Poetry album "Dub Talking" released summer of 2013.
MOUNTAIN LION DYNASTY
Mountain Lion Dynasty was founded in 00 with the purpose of promoting Caribbean culture through music and events. We have a full event planning team including bookings of live National, International and Local Caribbean acts, Photography and Security.