Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley, 2Chainz, and Future at Nine Mile Music Festival 2013

Photo by Yesenia Hernandez
The Marley bros at Nine Mile 2013.
Nine Mile Music Festival 2013
With Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley, 2 Chainz, Future, Mavado, Capleton, and many others
Virginia Key Beach Park
Saturday, March 2, 2013

Better Than: Freezing your butt off at a non-reggae outdoor festival.

There is no doubt that 50-degree weather in Jamaica does not exist. Well, maybe in some oddball global warming scenario. But when you think of reggae, you think of sunshine, weed, and heat! At this year's Nine Mile Music Festival, though, South Florida reggae diehards not only brought their lawn chairs, but wool blankets and space heaters.

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Photo by Yesenia Hernandez

Surprisingly enough, the cold climate did not deter the 10,000-plus attendees (some from as far north as Gainesville) came down to toke the herb and pay homage to the music man that made it so essential. And aside from the chilly temp, Nine Mile was blessed with pure sunshine and clear skies.

The gates opened at 2 p.m. and a steady stream of people came through with their canned goods to donate to Curley House, the homeless charity that the Marleys have been supporting since the inception of this festival. The staple host, Lance-O, was on point, as always, keeping the audience enlightened with his informational tidbits about the Nine Mile fest's history.

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First to take the stage was Jamaican singer-songwriter Kelissa, who invoked a 2013 version of India.Arie. Her soulful performance got the early-bird crowd in good spirits for the long-day ahead. Next came Daniel "Bambaata" Marley, son of Ziggy Marley, who delivered an energetic 30-minute stage show. Clearly, music's in this boy's DNA.

By 4 p.m. Rasta legend Luciano steps up, front and center. Now, reggae purists were a bit miffed to see a roots artist as repected as Luciano get such an early set time. But that didn't stop the man from bringing his 110 percent. The Jah Messenger sang all the classic Rastafari hits, such as "It's Me Again Jah" and "Where There Is Life," which, of course, inspired the crowd to blaze up the early evening sky.


Photo by Yesenia Hernandez

After the uplifting set by the Messenger, it was time for the Prophet, the incomparable Capleton!

Now, Capleton can do no wrong. When this man performs, you are witnessing something divine and his hour-long set definitely brought the heat, despite the chilly weather. They don't call him the "Fireman" for nothing.

Capleton's sunset session was, indeed, a turning point in the festival's vibe. Once the sun went down, it soon switched from chilled, rasta, hippie-dance-in-the-weed-wind energy to keep-on-smoking-but-let's-party vibe!

Photo by Yesenia Hernandez

Around 6 p.m., up-and-coming dancehall artist Konshens hit the stage for a quick and dirty pow-wow set. His performance wasn't all there, because he was battling the flu, doing his best while trying not to cough in between tracks.

Soon, though, the festival became a carnival when Machel Montano, Mr. Fete himself, dropped an intense 60-minute soca set on the Nine Mile crowd. And there is no doubt that MM brings out the flags. The Trinidad & Tobago colors flitted through the audience as he got the fans dancing and sweating in the cold weather. We're sure that if Montano wasn't a soca superstar, he'd make the best Crossfit trainer ever.

Location Info


Virginia Key Beach Park

4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Key Biscayne, FL

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