ROGER STEFFENS: Brooklyn-born Roger Steffens wears many hats: actor, author, lecturer, editor, photographer, reggae archivist, director and producer. His professional radio career began in N.Y. in 1961, and was highlighted by a ten-year stint on NPR's L.A. outlet, KCRW, where he hosted five shows including the award-winning "Reggae Beat".
EQUALITES: Are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!
In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor and more.
HEADBAND: The Head Band is A groove dance band rooted in a reggae style.
LOOSE CABOOSE: Nearly 4 decades of great reggae music. They recorded their first cd in the Trenchtown section of Kingston, Jamaica. Check out the Myspace Page.
ALCHEMYSTICS:2011 finds the Alchemystics having just released a new full-length album recorded at Northfire Recording Studio and playing an expanding array of festivals, clubs, and colleges across the Northeast. Recent shows have featured the emergence of several hot new tracks — some crafted carefully before their debut, others born spontaneously in live jams. We’ve released four tracks off our new record as free downloads, you can find them here.
REBELLE: ReBelle plays all original music, sung in four different languages, English, Wolof, Creole and French. ReBelle plays Roots reggae music, and its powerhouse vocalists chant meditations on liberation while the band propels roots reggae soul. The band’s mystical mix of pulsing tribal rhythms, reggae horns, guitar and tight harmonies is internationally acclaimed.
ADDIS REVOLUTION:With a head full of dreads and sweet melodies, Addis promotes peace in his music. This self proclaimed singer, songwriter and entertainer, he has carved out his place as a top dog in representing the music of the US Virgin Islands.
SATELLITE ROCKERS. :The Satellite Rockers are a Roots Reggae group out of Worcester Massachusetts who focus on original reggae which forges traditional and contemporary influence. In a live setting, this 8 piece group lives up to their name. With lyrical content crucial to the times the vocal duo produces some soothing harmonies; served up with heavy bass lines, tight drum beats, crisp keys, easy skankin' guitars.
ARDIE 'CUBAN' WALLACE: Two time reggae 'Artist of the Month' Ardie loves reggae, life and children. Known as one of the most easy going guys in the business. A return performer to Charlemont.
RHYTHEM INC: We are a multi-generational Wendell based reggae/hip hop group. Formed roughly 2 years ago, we have performed throughout New England at numerous venues including the Iron Horse, Bishops Lounge, Deja Brew, Elevens, Rendezvous, Amherst Brewing Company, Red Square, and Red Door. We have also had the pleasure of playing the Charlemont Reggae Festival, Terrapinfest, StrangeCreek, Wormtown, The Upper Valley Music Fest, and the Old 78 Fest.
ABDUK BAKI: "My idea for this Reggae Fest is to make it a West County celebration," said Baki, a native of Bali who now resides in Charlemont. "We are trying to make it a family event so you can bring the kids and just enjoy the whole day. Baki said that the lineup includes new acts as well as some musicians that helped make last year's Fest a success.