Reggae In The Park Presents:
Catch A Fire Tour 2015 with Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley & Stephen "Ragga" Marley
Plus More - August 29 @ the Mann
Philadelphia, P.A. (May 18, 2015). Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley will kick off their Catch A Fire Tour at Reggae in the Park on Saturday August 29th, in celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday year in Philadelphia, with Morgan Heritage , Tarrus Riley, Jo Mersa and Black Am I rounding out the line-up. Reggae in the Park known for their dynamic line up and family oriented show each year is set to stage another memorable showing of reggae, roots and culture this year.
Reggae in the Park brings the Delaware Valley community together for an all-day
family fun-filled event during the summer season with a host of reggae talent. The event also features arts and craft vendors, and the expansion of the global and Caribbean food vendors at the top of the hill. As Reggae in the Park continues to grow they have added several new fun filled family events and specialty vendors in order to achieve the full reggae experience.
This year's festival features 2 stages of music on both the Mann's main stage and at the
local stage plus DJ /Soundsystem sets on the main plaza. Also on this year's line up
patrons will see 9 Mile Roots band, SensaMotion, Steppin Razor, I Yahn I Arkestra,
Spokey Speaky, Dub Smith and Mumma Gee. With a stellar line-up and more artists to be added, it is evident this is an event you do not want to miss.
"Always striving to provide a platform for good reggae music, which all can enjoy is our
aim and this year we strongly feel we hit the mark. Tickets go on sale tomorrow we urge
everyone to purchase tickets early" says Jamaica Dave co promoter of Reggae in the
Headliners Main Stage
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
The youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the Reggae category, taking home an award for Best Urban/Alternative performance for his title single, "Welcome To Jamrock." The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc Welcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in conjunction with his Distant Relatives project., and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track "Make It Bun Dem", which Rolling Stone called "a monster mash up of dubstep and dancehall." Damian is alsoworking with his brothers Stephen and Julian under their Ghetto Youths International
Label, to discover, develop and sign gifted artistes by applying their musical talent and
vast experience to create new and different styles of music. Damian is currently in the
studio working on his upcoming solo album.
Stephen "Ragga" Marley
Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer Stephen
Marley will release his fourth solo album "Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life," the
second installment in a two part series, following his critically acclaimed 2012 Best
Reggae Album Grammy recipient "Revelation PartI: The Root of Life." Whereas "The
Root of Life" is a celebration/preservation vehicle for the powerful messages, enriching
spirit and live instrumentation that is the essence of roots reggae, "The Fruit of Life"
utilizes a diversified sonic palette in its expression of the far-reaching impact Jamaican
music has had on various genres, especially hip-hop. Like The Root, which premiered
atop the Billboard Reggae Album chart, following the Grammy Award winners "Mind
Control" (2007) and "Mind Control Acoustic"(2009), making three consecutive number
one Reggae tally debuts for Stephen, "The Fruit of Life" will be released on the Marley
family's label Ghetto Youths International.
Having fully recharged their momentous journey in the past year and a half, and having
unquestionably established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit,
Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission. The Royal
Family of Reggae, has taken the impressively significant step forward by releasing their
upcoming album, Strictly Roots. According to Gramps, "Strictly Roots, our 10th studio
album is particularly significant. It represents our first album released independent of VP
Records, on our very own label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and
we're grateful for our years with them. We just felt it was time to approach the release of
our music differently." Possessing that unmistakably authentic Morgan Heritage organic
roots sound with an expansively eclectic mix that takes it seamlessly into hybrid valleys
and mountains, Strictly Roots interestingly pays homage to the elders, while ironically,
also blazes the trail towards the exciting future of roots.
Tarrus Riley is among the leading ambassadors of modern day Reggae Music from
Jamaica. The singer's commanding vocals, intuitive lyrics and vibrant personality have
combined to create a formidable artiste with authentic credentials in Reggae music. His
rising catalogue has been described as 'healing' music, and has brought adoration and
acclaim from leading music luminaries from across the globe. His fifth studio gem, Love
Situation, was released with huge anticipation in February 2014, and it debut at number
one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and I Tunes Chart. The 17-track album again
features a powerhouse behind the production that has produced consistently admirable
work over the decades. Tarrus Riley considers himself as a voice of the people, and has
set himself apart as someone who sings for the people. He defines himself as one who
makes thought-provoking music about Black consciousness and experiences with the
intention to open people's minds and let them think.
Festival doors open at 2:30 PM, show starts at 3:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale via
Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 and the Mann box office.