Jamaica Day Reggae Festival

This is an annual event that always has a lot of good music and food. The band lineup this year includes Coco Tea, Tifa, Edley Shine, Lady Flame, Intellect, Jah Works, Carl Malcom, Strykers Posse, Lenny Kurlew, Passion Band and Storm Band. For the full list, see http://jamaicadayreggaefestival.com/ . Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.

NO COOLERS ALLOWED.

Beer, Liquor and Wine bar

Grab your chair, blanket/towel or tent and come out for a great day of music. No chairs/benches will be at the event.

Don't forget your sunscreen (SPF 50+), hats and sunglasses.

Hope you can join us!

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Some more info to help you plan your day (posted by Allen).

1. The entrance to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds is at 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD. There is plenty of free parking. If you get there early, you'll have to walk about 50 yards to the gate. If you get there later, you might have to walk 200 yards.

2. There is a walkway around the venue that will be lined with food trucks serving mostly Caribbean food. I can promise that some of the food will be very good. There will also be beer, wine and drink vendors. The prices will be about what you would expect at a fair (not cheap, but not insane).

3. The stage is at the bottom of a hill, so everyone will have a good view. The hillside is covered with grass, and gently sloped which makes it good for chairs or a blanket. I like to bring both. If it is a hot sunny day though, the biggest issue will be shade. The only trees are in the back and along the sides. I plan to get there at noon and setup camp under one of the trees in the back. That's about 50 yards from the stage. Around 5 pm or so when it cools off, I'll move down front.

4. I also plan to bring a small, soft sided cooler that holds four small bottles of water, and a few snacks. I've never had trouble getting that through the gate, but anything more than that might be a problem.  You can leave and come back in though if you need to, so if you have to take your food and drinks back to the car, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

5. For folks looking to hang out with the group, I'll post my cell # the morning of the event, and I'll have red wristbands to hand out to everyone. The wristbands help make it easier to figure out who is with our group. So when you get there, come find me and grab a wristband.

6. If anyone has any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. I've been to this event four years running, and I've always enjoyed it :-) Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, and I hope to see you there.

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  • Allen

    Hi Everyone, Elaine touched base with me and apologized for the production problems--the company hired to provide the sound system did not show up, leaving her scrambling to come up with an alternative, and that's why the music started so late. She does appreciate our support though and would like to put us on the guest list for next year's event, so if you were there last weekend with our group, please send me a direct message at http://www.meetup.com/reggae-110/message/?recipientId=5312826 with your name and a contact email address and/or phone # (preferably both), and I'll pass that on to Elaine. Thanks!

    2 · July 9, 2013

  • Allen

    Thanks everyone for coming out. I enjoyed the sun and the company and the vibe. I was of course disappointed the music started so late, and I was thinking the event was a bust, too-- until Tifa called me up on stage to give me a dance lesson right there in front of everyone, which was a little unnerving but made for an evening I'm not going to forget any time soon... ;-) I thought the event organizers had some good talent lined up and it's unfortunate they didn't get to perform. I know sometimes things don't always go as we hope or planned and it is disappointing. I would hate to see the event die though, since it has always been very enjoyable in the past, so I personally plan to give Elaine and the other organizers a chance to pull it back together again next year. Thanks again to everyone who came out--the camaraderie really made the day and I appreciated that as much as anything. I hope to see everyone again!

    5 · July 7, 2013

    • Natasha

      He sure did. So glad I never did leave. fun!

      2 · July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The best was saved for last, that's for sure!!!

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • Beverley

    The music wasn't that good this year. I've been to better concerts here before. there wasn't that much of a turn out,either and what is happening to Jamaican cooking? I had some curry goat and fritters and it wasn't that tastey. Can't nobody cook good curry goat,anymore? I still plan to go next year and keep on giving my support,though.

    July 7, 2013

  • Claudette

    The weather was good, the food was Great and the company was excellent. If they would have had music, it would have been even better! ;)

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Ashley

      I agree! I don't think I'll attend next year. Besides meeting new people, I wanted to hear music. I was disappointed.

      July 7, 2013

  • Rosie "Peppy" P.

    I am one of the MCs so I will be there. Link me up if you are in the audience.

    2 · July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Peppy great job keeping things in control. This was my first event and even though things didnt go as planned I still had a great time

      5 · July 7, 2013

  • Allen

    Hi Everyone, Jamaica Reggae Festival day has arrived! Ashley and I will be handing out red wristbands to everyone which can make it a little bit easier to figure out who is with the group--just look for other folks wearing identical red wristbands. So when you get there, come find Ashley or me and grab a wristband. I'll be under one of the three trees at the top of the hill, facing the stage. See you later today!

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Claudette

      The near future being TOMORROW, Shaunta?? LOL

      July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Guys. I didn't read this until today. I'm a newbie sorry.. I was wondering were everyone was lol

      July 7, 2013

  • Shaunta J

    I give them one star for their attempt to make it an enjoyable day. The restrooms were adequate and clean. Anywhere on the lawn was a pretty good view of the stage. In the future, the organizers are going to have to do a much better job if they want people to continue to support their events

    July 7, 2013

  • Rosie "Peppy" P.

    Everyone, apologies on behalf of the promoters for the late start and some of the other logistical issues. There was a major issue with sound and the domino effect was really unbearable...due to that, some acts did not get to perform. I am asking you to be gentle with the promoters because it takes a lot to produce such an event and they have been doing this festival for 7 years. As one of the MCs, and someone who has worked with Carlos overt the years, let me say that despite all the negativity, we are still thankful that you came out to support Reggae Music. Thanks and see you all soon.

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Shaunta J

    If you are enroute, please turn around and go home. You will be happy that you did. Goodnight.

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • naki a.

      OMG! And to think I was going to push myself after having surgery 10 days ago.... Thanks to all my meet-up fam for letting me know. I'm sorry you all spent that kinda money on a 'bust' event. Smh. You WILL see me at an event soon. Blessings all!

      1 · July 6, 2013

    • Tysha

      Omg beenie will b there? I'm def going.

      2 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Organizers did a great job, people at the event were great. The event itself was pretty disappointing but we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Claudette

    Hey Daniel! It was nice meeting you & talking about your family. Sorry if I freaked you out a little! Keep carrying on with that curried goat! Ha Ha!

    July 6, 2013

  • Claudette

    133 RSVP's....maybe 25-30 Reggae lovers. The people that did come were great. Disappointing turnout. :(

    Thank You Allen and others who arranged and helped out with this event. Appreciated.

    July 6, 2013

  • Roxanne

    Tried to change my RSVP but it said the event had already started. Ill catch you all tomorrow for the Jerk Fest!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Shaunta J

    Are any of you coming? There is not even 10% of the RSVPs here.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Amanda P.

    There is no reentry..no coolers. No bags. No alcohol. No luggage

    July 6, 2013

    • Toni

      Dang! That's rough. I'm on my way. Can u bring in bug spray or bottled water??? Man!

      1 · July 6, 2013

    • Amanda P.

      Yes and yes.. .u can smuggle a bottle or 3 inside ur bag or chair :-) as we jam to tevin campbell...bands starting around 3

      1 · July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone from NOVA going to this? Would like to car pool if leaving from Leesburg area after 1:30 pm today?

    July 6, 2013

    • Claudette

      Ask Shaunta...she's coming from NOVA & I'm going w/ her. She's really nice and probably wouldn't mind!

      July 6, 2013

  • denise

    I will get there late if at all. I had to come in to work :(

    July 6, 2013

  • Ashley

    Has everyone updated their RSVP??? I'll be looking for 134 people. Ha ha

    July 5, 2013

    • Shaunta J

      Right! If we get 80, that will be impressive. I should arrive around 2 PM.

      July 6, 2013

    • Ashley

      I look forward to meeting you!!!!

      July 6, 2013

  • Lavonica

    Does anyone know if children need a ticket as well?

    July 5, 2013

    • Ashley

      Children under 12 is free
      12-15 years pay $[masked] years and older pay adult prices.

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ashley and Allen, I've got my ticket and will be there for sure! Probably arriving around 2:00. Looking forward to it!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Too hot for me tomorrow!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Carpool from Gaithersburg anyone??

    June 30, 2013

    • Vanessa

      Ok great!

      June 30, 2013

    • Vanessa

      What time were you thinking about leaving? I'm thinking noonish? depending on how long you wanted to be out.

      July 5, 2013

  • Michelle

    I am going to make this event..will be coming from Upper Marlboro

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • EllieL

    Probably get there between 4 -5pm due to other activities earlier that day. Coming from Upper Marlboro if anyone wants to meetup to carpool. Parking lot may be getting full by that time.

    July 4, 2013

  • monique

    I will be there. How do I get a wrist band?

    July 3, 2013

    • Ashley

      You can get a wristband from me or Allen. I look forward to meeting you.

      July 4, 2013

    • Kristin H.

      And where did yal say yall were going to be with the bands?

      July 4, 2013

  • Sofia

    If anyone's carpooling from DC I'd like to join.

    July 2, 2013

    • Sofia

      Hi Amanda, I sent you and email and would like to meet up. Which metro stop is closest to you?

      July 3, 2013

    • Amanda P.

      Sorry I must have overlooked ur email. I live near vienna meteo. I can come get u. Call my cell tomorrow[masked]

      July 4, 2013

  • Ashley

    I'm dancing/hanging out with Lori now, with another meetup group. What the what!!! Can't wait to see you on Saturday, Lori!!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Calvin

    A time to relax and enjoy the energy of island music

    4 · July 2, 2013

  • Annette

    Born in American, Caribbean descendant.

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • Elaine D.

    This is a clean and positive event so please come out and support. Looking forward to seeing you all, I will be by the bar.Peace and love.

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Allen

      Hi Elaine, if "the bar" is in its usual place, I'll be right in front of you. Swing by and say hello! :-)

      July 1, 2013

  • Claudette

    Would anyone like to carppool from Arlington?

    June 29, 2013

    • Annette

      Hello Shaunta, I'm located in the Woodbridge area.

      July 1, 2013

    • Shaunta J

      I am going to message you.

      July 1, 2013

  • Kofi

    In travel?..... Enjoy!..... Cheers!!

    July 1, 2013

  • J

    Sounds great but I'm on the West Coast this day ;(

    June 30, 2013

  • Ashley

    Hello All!
    I just RSVP. I hope everyone will make this event. I'm really excited about meeting you all!!
    I'll post some updates in the memo box above (in 2 min), which will include everything you need to know about the event.
    I will post the day of the event what I'm wearing, so we can find each other.. ha ha. I have no idea where we will meet, but this will help. I''ll also check frequently for postings on July 6.

    June 28, 2013

    • Ashley

      I'd love to help hand out the wristbands. Hopefully this will help everyone identify who's in the group. It's not easy to walk around looking for group members.

      June 29, 2013

    • Allen

      Sounds good. Call me when you get there and I'll give you a stack.

      June 29, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Going to have to pass on this one, because I need my likl bit of energy for Beenie on Sunday at Jerk Fest. Sorry folks I luv Beenie over all the artist in this lineup. :-(

    3 · June 26, 2013

    • Michelle C.

      Beenie will be at Jerk Festival on Sunday July 7th

      June 29, 2013

    • JAY

      Ok cool

      June 29, 2013

  • Ashley

    Ireyna, I hope to see you at this event.
    I dyed my hair light brown since our last meeting, so you may not recognize me. Regardless, I'll look for you. .. :)

    June 28, 2013

  • Roxanne

    Depending on if my mechanic finishes my car in time I should be there....if not Ill be at the jerk fest

    June 26, 2013

    • JAY

      Ok need a ride

      June 28, 2013

  • naki a.

    This sounds like so much fun! It's right around the time of my birthday.

    June 3, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Hi Allen thanks for sharing since this is the week before Carnival and a good primer ;-)

    June 3, 2013

    • Allen

      My pleasure :-) I hope we get a big turn out ;-)

      1 · June 3, 2013

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