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3/21/03  Big Up to Ambassador David!  We had an irie time at the State Theatre for the Bob Marley Birthday Bash.  It was good to see some of the old school reggae fans skanking and having fun!  I was also very please to see so many of the youth, it is good to spread the word with the all ages show.  

3/29/03  We are on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and what luck!  Culture featuring Joseph Hill is playing at the Club Atlantis.  We arrive at 10:00pm and chill for a bit when a local act The Fourth Dimension takes the stage and delivers a very solid set.  Next up is Screwdriver, a name I have heard before but know nothing about.  This Rasta knocked me out.  One of the most vibrant and authentic young singers I have ever seen.  He commands the stage slightly reminiscent of Jacob Miller and delivered a soulful roots set that is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  What can one say about Culture that has not already been written, watching the prophet Joseph Hill was much like attending church, he remains a powerful and buoyant force on the reggae scene. 

1/1/04  Greetings and we hope you are having a happy New Year!  We will start working on the Island Festival very soon.  In the meantime check out the improvements to the Arcadia Creek Festival Site, it should be very nice when completed in time for our 2004 festival!

1/26/04  We just received our tickets for our 1st ever trip to Jamaica.  Hard to believe almost 20 years of promoting reggae and finally an opportunity to visit the island.  On the advice of friends we will be staying in Negril.  I just can't wait!  Any suggestions on good places for vegetarians please email

1/30/03 Sometimes you run across a relatively new artist that just presents a true vision and needs to be heard.  I ran across the website of Nasio Fontaine a few weeks ago and had to hear more.  Reminiscent of reggae greats like Bob Marley and Jacob Miller, with a nice touch of American soul.  We are going to hear more from this young man!

From the rugged green mountains of Dominica a passionate manifestation of Rastafari comes forward in reggae. His name is Nasio Fontaine and his music has the power to flow into your consciousness and lift your energy. His voice has an unmistakable resonance and his lyrics speak to all Jah children.

2/2/04  Big Up to Ambassador David for a fine Bob Marley Birthday Bash at the State Theatre, inna Kalamazoo!  The huge, diverse crowd was a nice surprise.  I was especially happy to see so many of the youth in attendance, hopefully taking a bit of the message with them.  

2/6/04  Thanks to Julian who gave me a heads up on Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music which aired on the Bravo Network last night.  A two hour treat, explaining the rise of popular Jamaican music in relation to the political and economic climate of the time.   While there are always certain things that "should" have been included, I thought it did a great job of explaining how the reggae movement came about.  If you enjoyed this film, make sure to tell the good people at Bravo.  http://www.bravotv.com/

Additional airing dates are:

  Tue, February 10   2:30 PM   Bravo Original:
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music
  Sun, February 15   11:00 AM   Bravo Original:
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music
  Mon, February 16   2:00 AM   Bravo Original:
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music


2/28/04  We are expecting 50 degrees today in Kalamazoo, a glorious day with bright sunshine.  This has a rejuvenating effect on those of us in Michigan.  It serves to remind us that Winter is nearly over, and that Spring will soon bring us rebirth.  

I feel so fortunate to be involved with Island Festival since the inception.  Every year I get a pile of great new music.  Sadly, everyone cannot  appear at the festival, and I have the responsibility to try and bring together a great collection of artists and audience to the people of Kalamazoo!  This year I would like to focus on making you aware of some of the great new music I have heard.  Appearance on this page has no relation to who will be invited or coerced to travel to Kalamazoo for the festival, but you should be aware of great efforts.

EVER-G World Peace

Tasty stuff here, smooth and carefree.  Mostly lovers rock, with touches of Ska, and straight reggae.  It always puts me in a good mood when I'm driving!


Jyemo and the Extended Family

A perfect blend of American reggae and jam music.  Great musicians with conscious lyrics, and a groove a mile wide. -Paul Toth


For years, Boulder has prided itself on diversity. It should come as no surprise then that the Boulder music scene is home to many diverse acts. Some of the most skilled practitioners are the innovators of conscious dance music- local favorites Jyemo and the Extended Family. Featuring one of the area’s most competent percussion sections, the family has been electrifying the Front Range with their hypnotic rhythms for five years. With an innovative fuse of keys and guitar, they'll hit you with a mother of a groove, layered with Afro-Caribbean percussion. Singing songs of positive inspiration, the irie vocal harmonies of Jyemo will lift you up.

They have shared the stage with the likes of Sublime, Merl Saunders, The Samples, String Cheese Incident, John Brown's Body, Zuvuya, Los Hombres Calientes, The Zen Tricksters, The Motet, Cabaret Diosa and many others. The quality and musicianship of these artists always provides a high energy experience. So whether you prefer to shake it, make it, or take it, Jyemo won't let you fake it!

More recommendations soon!