Island Festival 2000 Line-up

Friday, June 16

12:00 Noon Festival begins Vendors will be serving food characteristic of  the Caribbean, and have arts and crafts for sale.  Sample special Caribbean cocktails from Bacardi, or enjoy an ice cold Red Stripe!

5:00-6:30pm GVSU Steel Band Relax after work, enjoy the food and ease in to the Caribbean attitude while listening to the accomplished Grand Valley State University Steel Drum band.

7:00pm-9:00pm The Flex Crew In their first appearance in Kalamazoo, the Flex Crew features:

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Dougie Simpson, Vocal/Keys (The Ark Band, Idren Posse)

Aaron Thompson, Bass/Percussion (Mega Fresh Posse)

Damon Asterbridge, Vocals/Keys/Percussion  (The Ark Band)

Desmond Burke, Vocals/Percussion (Level Vibes, Bad Boyz, Yard Hustlers)

Paul Scruthess, Keys/Vocals/MC (The Showmen, The Ark Band)

Troy Jones, Drums/Vocals/Percussion (Don Carlos)

 

9:30-11:30 Indika 100% REGGAE Strong and Addictive Music**     

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This is what the Indika Reggae Band brings to their fans in every show. The band is proud to back two award winning vocalists, giving their audience a full spectrum of Reggae flavor in the style of Jamaica's Reggae Sunsplash Festival.    First is Doggie Ranks, Indika's D.J. and Chicago's top D.J. artist, who gives a powerful Dancehall show every time. Chicago's top male vocalist, Kelly Rankin is Indika's special guest, singing Studio One favorites and Sweet Lover's Rock as well as his own original songs.  The Indika Reggae Band itself has won several music awards in the Windy City.  In addition to their own high energy shows, they have also been honored to back international Reggae artists such as Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Sugar Minott and U Roy.

 The Members of Indika developed their talents on the island of Jamaica, giving them an authentic sound.  They perform old Reggae favorites with new life, and add to the Reggae world with new original songs. You can hear them weekly performing on TV as Jenny Jones house band. Recently they were invited to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York. If you can't check them out in person, look for their new award nominated CD release Proud 2-B your 'Budd' at your local record store.

12:00-1:30am The Jah Kings

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The reggae band that started it all for Kalamazoo, returns to close out the Friday night show.  The Jah Kings have a new CD and a new line-up.  Firmly anchored in family, spirituality, and love the Jah Kings are reminiscent of  Bob Marley and the Wailers. 

 

Saturday, June 17

12:00 Festival begins  Vendors will be serving food characteristic of  the Caribbean, and have arts and crafts for sale.  Sample special Caribbean cocktails from Bacardi, or enjoy an ice cold Red Stripe!

2:00pm-4:00pm Family Groove Workshop featuring Alexander Washington of the Jah Kings.  

Alex is a powerful and positive force in the West Michigan community.  He has a great deal of experience working with children and families through the court system, and has now turned his attention to outreach.  In addition to The Jah Kings, Alex travels extensively to area schools where he performs workshops and gives motivational talks to school age kids.  Bring the kids for this free, interactive workshop that will teach them about reggae as a music and a spiritual movement.   

6:00pm-7:30pm GVSU Steel Band Enjoy the food and ease in to the Caribbean attitude while listening to the accomplished Grand Valley State University Steel Drum band.

8:00pm-9:30pm Yoroka 

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YOROKA, Michigan's award-winning world beat fusion band, is ready to bring high-energy dance music to your establishment. This versatile six member group featuring horns, guitars, bass, drums/percussion, and vocals is fluent in a wide variety of musical styles including Soukous (West African guitar layered dance music), Funk, Reggae and Salsa. From tight horn driven instrumental tunes to psychedelic and afro-pop dance jams, YOROKA has something for every music fan.

10:00pm-11:30pm Ronnie Davis and Idren 

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Most people know Ronnie Davis as the Grammy nominated lead singer of The Itals.  Ronnie has been singing professionally since the age of 17, starting with the groundbreaking rock-steady group The Tenors.  Ronnie is joined by Roy Smith (Westmorelites, The Enforcers) and Robert "Sappa" Doctor (Jah Children).  On stage, Ronnie Davis and Idren create a vibe that turns nightclubs into cathedrals.  With his soulful, passionate vocals, Ronnie creates a truly "churchical" spirit that energizes listeners like a gospel tent revival show.

12:00am-1:30am Third Coast Reggae Band

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Third Coast is a national touring reggae band traveling from coast to coast in a quest for the perfect blend of work and play.  Birthed from the fresh waters of southwest Michigan, the band was established in the summer of 1997. All band members share a strong work ethic towards touring and dedication for their unique blend of musical styles.

Third Coast's songs break down all musical stereotypes in creating a truly global and unique sound.  Embracing Irie vibrations and riding the pulse of reggae rhythms as the foundation, the group pays respect to their African, Latin, South American and American influences. Powered by conscious lyrics and deep resonant grooves, Third Coast delivers a tight, professional, high energy show, that is guaranteed to have the crowd dancing from the first song

 

We are very pleased to bring some of the finest talent available to Kalamazoo.  Join us for Island Festival 2000 June 16&17 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site in downtown Kalamazoo!