The 33rd Reggae on the River presented as a fundraiser for the non-profit Mateel Community Centre, takes place August 3- 6 at French’s Camp in southern Humboldt county, 10 miles south of Garberville along the banks of the Eel River.
The Jamaican performers include Agent Sasco, Kabaka Pyramid, Ken Boothe, Junior Kelly and Sly and Robbie, featuring Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and Cherine Anderson, Lutan Fyah, Warrior King, Culture and Marla Brown.
J Boog and Slightly Stoopid are among the non-Jamaican performers.
After the epic rainfall this past winter, the Eel River is up! The Mateel Community Centre and Reggae on the River have been involved in stewardship of the river contributing to the Eel River Recovery Project. It will be on site this year at Reggae 2017 at an information booth they host to share river information with festival patrons. Videos on the digital display screens will be featured throughout the weekend that focus on the well-being of the fish population of the Eel.
In 2016, festival organisers made a 780,000+ gallon rainwater-catchment pond a reality. It enables the festival to manage the water supply necessary for the site with sufficient excess to recharge the aquifer at the driest time of year and offset the festival’s total water usage. This improvement will make Reggae On The River a water neutral/ positive event – the first of its kind!
Each year, a percentage of net proceeds are channelled to a fund that is used to support a variety of causes in the local community.