The Midwest Reggae Festival, one of the most enduring of its kind in the United States, has its 19th annual staging August 13-15 in Nelson, Ohio. Third World, Mykal Rose, Luciano, the Skatalites and veteran British deejay Pato Banton are among this year's headliners. Dread Zeppelin, a band that plays reggae covers of songs by legendary hard rock band Led Zeppelin, are also on the card.
The festival was first held in 1992 by Packy Malley, a Nelson entrepreneur and reggae fan, who began promoting reggae shows at Ohio State University while he was a student there in the 1980s. The Midwest Reggae Festival started as a one-day event at the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park where it is still held. Each day reportedly attracts a capacity 4,000-strong audience.
Last year me, Brick and a handful of our other friends including a handful of people from cleveland hit up this festival at Nelsons Ledges and had a blast! We had a booth and even though it rained most of the day we managed to make some sales and jammed out to some amazing reggae. When darkness hits the stage and the vibe is out of control. This event is sure to sell out so make sure to get your tickets before they are gone.
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