San Diego will be getting a brand new stylee in February. The SoCal city will play host to the first annual Boomshaka Music Festival on Feb. 19, bringing together some of the city's finest reggae performers for a marathon day of good music and good vibes. With the newborn festival set to touch down at Valley View Casino Center, here are five reasons why potential festivalgoers should check out the inaugural run in 2018.
1) The Boomshaka Music Festival will replace the iconic Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival, formerly known as the Bob Marley Day Festival.
The city of San Diego is no stranger to reggae festivals. In 1981 the city held its first Bob Marley Day Festival in memory of the famous singer, and the festival continued (later being renamed the Reggae Legends Festival) through 2016. The Boomshaka Music Festival aims to pick up where its predecessor left off, featuring headlining performances from Stick Figure, Tribal Seeds and Don Carlos.
2) The Original Wailers are set to perform.
With the festival evolving from a day of remembrance for the iconic Marley, what better way to celebrate his life than with a performance from his former band members? The Original Wailers formed in 2008 by The Wailers Band guitarists Al Anderson and Junior Marvin. While Marvin has since left the band, Anderson and his traveling band will be on hand at Valley View Casino Center on Feb. 19 and will undoubtedly have some Marley tunes in store for the crowd.
3) San Diego's best reggae artists will headline.
It wouldn't be a San Diego-based festival without the best music the city has to offer. With Stick Figure and Tribal Seeds both hailing from America's Finest City, there will be a large sense of San Diego pride in and around Valley View Casino Center in February. Check out the complete list of performers on the festival's official website.
4) The event is all ages.
From infancy to old age, all are welcome at the first-ever Boomshaka Music Festival in February. The event will be an all ages affair, allowing month-old and year-old fans to rock to the sweet sounds of reggae all day and night on Feb. 19.
5) One-of-a-kind artisan items will be for sale throughout the venue all day long.
The first annual Boomshaka Music Festival will be all about originality, and the countless tents and pop-up shops around Valley View Casino Center will follow that protocol. Original art and one-of-a-kind items will be on sale throughout the venue on Feb. 19, giving Valley View Casino Center a "vendor village feel" for fans in attendance.
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