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BILLBOARD FACEBOOK LIVE PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN, DAMIAN & JULIAN MARLEY GARNERS OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS WITHIN 24 HOURS
KAYA FEST (www.kayafestivals.com)-a two-day all-ages music and awareness experience set for April 28 & 29 at the NOS Events Center in Southern California-held a press conference this past Monday, March 12, welcoming the festival to Southern California. The press conference took place at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood with KAYA FEST founder Stephen Marley and his brothers and fellow festival performers Damian Marley and Julian Marley participating.
During the conference, the brothers discussed the festival’s diverse line-up of reggae and reggae-influenced music (beyond many members of the Marley family performers range from friends Ms. Lauryn Hill, SOJA and Cypress Hill to Action Bronson, Chronixx, and Common Kings, plus special guest Tom Morello), the first time the Marley family will perform on one bill together in Southern California in over a decade and details of a cannabis-focused symposium that will take place on the Thursday (April 26) prior to the festival. They also performed an acoustic rendition of the Bob Marley classic “Could You Be Loved.”
Some noteworthy quotes from Stephen Marley at the press conference:
“Most of the people on the lineup are our friends. People we make music with and we’re fans of their music as well. Most of those people are a part of this movement and aligned with the cause of the movement.”
“It’s a festival where it has a certain spirit about it. It’s for everyone, from the baby suckling to the elders. “
“We’re very excited to come together (as brothers) and play music here in California.”
“We’re very proud of the third generation coming of age. Them find them part and it just leads to the same vibration.”
“It’s definitely as close to Bob as we could ever get. When all of our spirits come together and we transcend that out there (to the crowd). We definitely feel it every time.”
“The purpose of the gathering as well, music brings people together of course, but we still have a greater cause we serve which is this plant called cannabis and the various different benefits of this plant, which some people know and some people don’t know.”
“Kaya Fest is the next platform that we use to bring people together, teach them, tell them the truth, you know. Not all miracles come from the sky. Some miracles come from the earth and herb is one of those.”
After the press conference, the brothers headed to Billboard for a Facebook Live performance and interview. Watch the video-which has amassed to date over 1.7 million views here: https://www.facebook.com/Billboard/videos/10156307862264581/.
KAYA FEST-which honors the legacy of legendary musician and humanitarian Bob Marley–will kick off Saturday, April 28 with must-see performances by Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley performing together for the first time in over a decade in Southern California. On April 29, Stephen Marley will perform a special acoustic Kaya album tribute. Both days will feature some of the most unique and respected artists in reggae and reggae-influenced hip-hop, R&B, Latin and world music today.
Founded by Stephen Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, Kaya Fest-produced by Fruit of Life Productions and OneRise Entertainment–was created to provide a socially conscious experience that utilizes the power of music and togetherness to honor his father’s legacy and his unified way of living. The first Kaya Fest took place in 2017 in Miami, FL. This year’s festival will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Kaya abum.
Tickets on-sale now at www.kayafestivals.com
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Sets at Sunset Music Festival, a one day House, Techno, and Trance festival, just announced their final lineup. In an effort to do something new and different for Atlanta, they have teamed up with Do Not Sit On The Furniture to bring a little piece of Miami to Lake Lanier. They welcome Behrouz and Hoj as their showcase headliners. With local support provided by BEYUN, Kai Alcé, Raskal & The DJ Bri, Stan Zeff, Type 41, Velcrxo B2B Sir OJ and VIVID.
Ticket price increases to $40 on April 1st. Parking is available online for $7, and $10 at the door. Re-entry is not permitted after 5 pm.
This year, Sets at Sunset has introduced VIP Cabanas for festival goers looking for shade and premier views of the stage. These cabanas are meant to provide an exclusive experience for 5 people per cabana. These cabanas include:
- Five tickets to the festival
- Shaded bench for 5 and area for premiere viewing
- A complimentary bottle of alcohol
- A concierge to help with any needs
Cabanas are sold at $600 and $700 depending on proximity to the stage.
This year, Sets at Sunset has a variety of sponsors, including:
● Fairfield Inn & Hampton Inn
● Many more to be announced
Sets at Sunset will have a bigger variety of vendors as well this year, which include:
● A Gamer Truck
We are also introducing activities on the beach side of the festival grounds, where festival goers can grab a tube and relax in the water, play ultimate frisbee, or even play some volleyball. Sets at Sunset Music Festival is the first festival in the state of Georgia to have electronic acts right on the waterfront. Boats are more than welcome to moor out and listen to the sounds of the show. The venue has plenty of amenities for an amazing experience:
· Public beach
· Running water and public restrooms
· Access to public park (with grills, etc)
· Boat drop off
· Boat parking
· Plenty of asphalt parking spaces
· Stunning views of the lake
· Plenty of boat anchor space offshore
· Water stations
· Camping/hotels 10 minute drive away from venue
· Food & drink vendors on site
· Arts vendors
· LED panel displays & lights
· Over 125,000 watts of sound
This event will be livestreamed over various platforms with our production crew. We will have a
broadcast van onsite with over 5 cameras, and VR capabilities so people can watch online.
Sets at Sunset Music Festival is a 18+ event.
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Purple Hat Productions has announced the artist lineup for the eleventh annual Purple Hatter’s Ball. Returning to its home at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida June 1 & 2, 2018 the intimate two-day music festival raises awareness for The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of music lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.
The 2018 Purple Hatter’s Ball (PHB) will be headlined by seven-piece super funk futurists Lettuce, who are known for throwing down some of their best live performances on the SOSMP Amphitheater Stage, and Arizona-based four piece Spafford, who are in the midst of a meteoric rise within the jam scene, taking over airwaves on Sirius XM’s JamOn. Also performing is Breaking Biscuits featuring Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein from The Disco Biscuits, and Adam Deitch and Borham Lee of Break Science. The experimental band has only played a handful of shows, and this marks their first performance in the southeast.
Additional artists on the lineup include: Florida-based jam aficionados The Heavy Pets, who are currently touring behind their new full-length album Strawberry Mansion; the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier and his band whose Exit 16 debut album drops Friday on GroundUp Music; Toubab Krewe with their energetic instrumental world music that blends Caribbean, Malian and influences from the “Dirty South”; the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious - Rachel’s favorite band; twin producer–duo MZG, and many more. Full lineup listed below.
PHB 2018 will showcase a diverse line-up of music on two stages including the picturesque Amphitheater Stage surrounded by massive live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, and the much-loved Beach Stage which offers plenty of shaded area for dancing during daytime sets and sun-drenched sand along the black Suwannee River, where festival goers chill on inflatable rafts and play games.
A favorite moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Each year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on. This year, Mama Margie will share several positive updates on progress being made by the Rachel Morningstar Foundation and unveil a documentary about Rachel’s Law.
Purple Hatter’s Ball is the perfect opportunity to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Suwannee Hulaween, Wanee, and more, during a laid-back, intimate and affordable event. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and disc golf.
A limited number of early bird tickets for $49 + taxes and fees will go on sale Friday, March 9 at noon EST. Tickets will include two days of music and primitive camping. Mama Margie VIP upgrades that include two dinners backstage with artists and staff, an event poster and tee shirt and preferred viewing are available for $199. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal - receive an air-conditioned one bedroom cabin and a golf cart for $400. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style. The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. To join the waitlist for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hookups, please contact SOSMP at (386) 364-1683.
Stay tuned for additional artist announcements and details on live art, yoga and workshops.
Purple Hatter’s Ball 2018 Initial Lineup:
Breaking Biscuits ft. members of The Disco Biscuits and Break Science
The Heavy Pets
Roosevelt Collier Trio
Vlad The Inhaler
Trial By Stone
About The Rachel Morningstar Foundation:
The Rachel Morningstar Foundation exists to help the public understand the benefit of guidelines for law enforcement's use of confidential informants (CIs). Currently each state, county, city, college campus or law enforcement agency sets their own standards, laws or guidelines as it relates to recruiting and using CIs. The efforts of this foundation are dedicated to the memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman (December 17, 1984 – May 7, 2008) a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate. She was murdered while acting as a police informant during a drug sting that started on May 7, 2008. The first of its kind in the U.S., Rachel’s Law, a Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2009, established new guidelines for law enforcement when dealing with confidential informants.
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VIP includes access to special viewing area, exclusive VIP bar with complimentary beers and cocktails for a limited time (21+), private VIP restrooms, and additional amenities to be announced. VIP ticket quantity is limited.
Milk + Cookies is a dessert themed music event with curated food selections, conceived to explore and satisfy the diverse pallet of Atlanta. Similar to everyone’s favorite snack pairing, Milk + Cookies, this event blends music genres and creative activities to produce a blissful experience.
Presented by Bowe Inc. + Atlantic Division + Reaction Media
Curated food + drink selections from your favorite local eateries
Lineup subject to change.