Island Festival features music, food

by Deanne Puca
| WMU News
Photo of Island Festival.

Scene from the 2011 festival (Photo courtesy of islandfestkalamazoo.com)

KALAMAZOO—The Island Festival features three days and nights of reggae music Thursday to Saturday, June 20-22, at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo.

Admission is free before 4 p.m. On Thursday, it is $3 after 4 p.m. and $6 after 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, admission is $5 from 4 to 7 p.m. and $9 after 7 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily.

Food, drinks, beer and wine from several local restaurants will be available for purchase with tickets.

The live reggae music line-up runs all day and ranges from the top local talent to well-known regional and national headliners presented outdoors.

Schedule

Thursday, June 20

  • 5 to 6 p.m., Selecta Hazey, Lockdown Soundsystem
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Dub Project
  • 8:30 to 10 p.m, DubTonic Kru with Kool Johnny Kool
  • 10:30 p.m. to midnight, Ras Kente and the Take No Prisoners Posse
  • Between sets, TBA

Friday, June 21

  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, Universal Xpression
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m, Universal Xpression
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m, HaleAmanO
  • 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rootz Warrior Band
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Jamacian Reggae Star Warrior King
  • Midnight to 1:30 a.m., Inner Visions
  • Between sets, DJ Assane

Saturday, June 22

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m, The Cliftones
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m., Family Workshop with Dunuya Drum and Dance
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m., The Cliftones
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Spiritual Rez
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m., Outlaws I & I
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Reggae Legend Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru)
  • Midnight to 1:30 a.m., Zion Lion
  • Between sets, Dread I Sound and Blessed Coast Sound

Sponsors include Festival Charities Inc., Volunteer Kalamazoo and Cole Automotive Group.

For more information, visit islandfestkalamazoo.com.