First Phase of Marley Fest Announced...

Well, technically it's now the "15th Annual Caribbean Fest," but everybody knows it's all about the Marleys. And this year, it looks like they're getting it together musically. While the first few years were mostly reggae, and mostly Marley, things got a little scattered in the meantime. This led to some lineup experimentation that yielded some cool results (Lauryn Hill one year), and some straight-up dubious ones. (The worst had to be 2001, in which I vaguely remember watching the excellent Dead Prez ... go on after Hootie and the Blowfish! LOL!).

This year, we've got four Marleys, including the talented but sort of unsung Ky-Mani (currently on tour with Van Halen!), as well as other reggae greats like Capleton and Richie Spice! The festival takes place this year at the Bayfront Park Ampitheatre on March 1. Press release after the jump (sorry it's in all caps), and more to be posted as we get them. -- Arielle Castillo

THE BOB MARLEY MOVEMENT OF JAH PEOPLE &
103.5 THE BEAT

PRESENT

15th ANNUAL CARIBBEAN FEST!

MIAMI’S BAYFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATRE
SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2008

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

FEATURING:

Stephen “Ragga” Marley
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Julian Marley
Ky-mani Marley

With Performances By:

Capleton, Richie Spice, Gentleman and The Far East Band, Junior Demus, Joseph Israel & Javaughn

Plus much, much more!

FOR 15 YEARS ONE OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S LONGEST RUNNING FESTIVALS IS STILL GOING STRONG
AND FEEDING THE HUNGRY!

THE 15TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN FEST IS A DAY LONG CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, ARTS AND CRAFTS HONORING THE LIFE AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE LEGENDARY REGGAE STAR, BOB MARLEY. IT FEATURES SOME OF THE TOP MUSICAL ACTS IN THE WORLD AS WELL AS POPULAR LOCAL PERFORMERS. THE MARLEY BOYS, STEPHEN, DAMIAN, JULIAN & KY-MANI, WILL HEADLINE WHAT ALWAYS PROMISES TO BE SOUTH FLORIDA’S FINEST REGGAE AND CARIBBEAN MUSIC SHOWCASE.

THE CARIBBEAN FEST IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND LONGEST RUNNING MUSIC FESTIVALS IN ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA. PEOPLE EVERY YEAR MARK THEIR CALENDARS AND TRAVEL FROM AROUND THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND THE CARIBBEAN TO ATTEND THE EVENT. THE FESTIVAL REACHES ACROSS ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY, BLACK AND WHITE, YOUNG AND OLD, LATIN AND ANGLO, WHO COME TOGETHER IN PEACE AND HARMONY TO ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE AND SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE.

FOR YOU SEE, THE CARIBBEAN FEST HAS ALWAYS CARRIED A HUMANITARIAN MESSAGE WITHIN ITS MUSICAL ONE. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, DONATIONS OF CANNED GOODS TO FEED THOSE IN NEED HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF EVERY FESTIVAL. TO DATE, THE BOB MARLEY MOVEMENT OF JAH PEOPLE HAS COLLECTED MORE THAN TWO MILLION CANS OF FOOD FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. THIS YEAR THE NON-PROFIT GROUP FARMSHARE WILL COLLECT THE CANS FROM THE FESTIVAL THAT WILL BENEFIT PROGRAMS TO HELP THE HOMELESS AND POOR IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND JAMAICA.

THE FESTIVAL SHARES A HUMANITARIAN CALLING THAT OVER THE YEARS SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR PERFORMING ACTS IN THE WORLD HAVE ANSWERED. FROM LAURYN HILL, CARLOS SANTANA, HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH, ERYKAH BADU, INDIA ARIE, ZIGGY MARLEY AND THE MELODY MAKERS AND BOB MARLEY’S OWN MOTHER CEDELLA MARLEY BOOKER TO REGGAE LEGENDS SUCH AS BUNNY WAILER, TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS, STEEL PULSE, BURNING SPEAR, MAXIE PRIEST AND MANY MORE HAVE GRACED THE CARIBBEAN FEST STAGE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED AS WELL AS ENTERTAIN THE CROWDS. ADDITIONALLY, MANY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS HAVE ALSO LENT THEIR SUPPORT TO THE FESTIVAL, MAKING IT TRULY A GLOBAL EVENT.

WHAT:

THE BOB MARLEY MOVEMENT OF JAH PEOPLE
AND 103.5 THE BEAT PRESENT
THE 15TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN FEST

WHEN:
SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2008
GATES OPEN AT 1PM

WHERE:
BAYFRONT PARK
301 N. BISCAYNE BLVD. (DOWNTOWN, MIAMI, FL)

TICKET PRICE:
$35.00 + TAXES AND FEES – ADVANCE
PLUS THREE (4) CANS OF FOOD OR EQUIVALENT MONETARY DONATION (BROUGHT TO FESTIVAL)

ON SALE:
NOW AT: www.bobmarleymovement.com AND

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Miami, FL 33139
305.532.0973

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9487 SW 160th Street
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
(305) 232-9874

KARMA RECORDS
868 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Oakland Park, FL 33334
954.564.4898

UNCLE SAMS LAUDERHILL
4580 North University Drive
Lauderhill, FL 33351
954.742.2466

CONDOM USA
3066 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305.445.7729

SWEAT RECORDS
5501 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
305.342.0953

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Hialeah, FL 33012
305.822.6230

JUNIE’S RESTAURANT
11030 Pembroke Road
Miramar, FL 33025
954.885.5422

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943 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33132
305.532.9925

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