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Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival

4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI   (view map)

The City By the Sea gets a Jamaican accent today with the fifth annual Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival. You can skank all day long. It kicks off with Soul Rebel Project at 12:30 pm. The grooves keep rolling with New Kingston (2 pm), Mighty Mystic (3:30 pm), Etana (5:15 pm), and John Brown’s Body (6:45 pm); Freddie McGregor headlines at 8:30. The reggae vet was recently honored by the organizers of Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest for his “sterling contribution” to the evolution of his country’s music for more than five decades. “This honor is a blessing to me,” Freddie said. “I have received numerous awards but it feels good to be honored by my own people.” DJ Realm and Jah Soldier of Omega Sound will keep the melodies flowing all day long at the Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf | $45 advance, $50 day of show (general admission, re-entry is allowed) | 401.846.1600 | newportwaterfrontevents.com

with Freddie McGregor + John Brown’s Body + Etana + Mighty Mystic + New Kingston + Soul Rebel Project | Noon

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