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Reggae On The River Says Farewell To Benbow In Massive Celebration July 21st & 22nd

Music 06 Jul 2012   »   by TheWhatItDo
Reggae On The River

In just a few short weeks, on the weekend of July 21 and 22, the Mateel Community Center will host the highly anticipated return of the 28th annual Reggae On The River®, coming to the shores of Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Garberville, CA. A favorite pilgrimage of reggae and roots fans worldwide, this annual event is also the main fundraiser of the non-profit Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA and this year’s show represents the continuing evolution of MCC’s grassroots reclamation of the great Reggae On The River® tradition. A special farewell to Benbow, the 28th annual Reggae On The River® will honor this beautiful location and give thanks as the festival gears up for a big return home to its’ original French’s Camp venue in 2013.

Just cause for celebration (and your support to help achieve this goal), this year’s event is an important stepping stone to get us there and, as such, will showcase a massive lineup featuring many of the top names in reggae and world music. Live from 2 stages, the festival will host iconic artists from the far corners of the globe including Toots & The Maytals, Lady Saw, Midnite, Romain Virgo, Calypso Rose, Turbulence, Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits, Fantan Mojah, Duane Stephenson, Nkulee Dube, Tosh Meets Marley, Pato Banton & The Now Generation, Yami Bolo, Alika, Bambu Station, Reemah, Daniel Bambaata Marley, Humble Soul, Lady Passion, i-Kronik, Winston Jarrett & Guidance Band, Junior Toots, Quinto Sol, Indubious, Casper Loma Da Wa & The Mighty 602 Band, Winstrong, Yellow Wall Dub Squad, The Lions, Streetkind, Synrgy, and Juce, plus many of the top local DJs and sound systems.

Additionally, the event will host more than 80 craft, food, and non-profit vendors; a lively kid zone; abundant performance painting/ festival ambience; and a weekend full of happy reggae fun on the banks of the majestic Eel River. For the full scoop, check out a copy of the official program guide, out now at select newsstands throughout CA/ OR, or visit, where stage schedules, artist bios, sales links, and all other festival info can be found.

Tickets are still available at and at outlets throughout Humboldt/ Mendocino Counties and the North Bay Area for a price of $110 for the weekend pass. Please visit the ticket page of the festival website for a list of ticket outlets and note that advance tickets are advised as this event sells out. Single day tickets will be available at the gate only this year and will be priced at $60 per day (even if weekend passes sell out in advance).

Campground reservations are currently available at Benbow Lake State Park and Cook’s Valley Campgrounds (along with the campgrounds at Benbow Valley RV Resort and Richardson Grove, both of which are already sold out). All of these campgrounds are either on the shuttle route or walking distance to the concert. Benbow Lake Campground will be operated by the Mateel Community Center and will offer a quieter family camp option for those looking to get some sleep, while Cooks Valley Campground will be the place to party late into the night. Both campgrounds are offered exclusively to ROTR attendees for up to a 3-night stay, July 20-22, with individual, group site, and RV camping options available. For more information and sales links, visit the camping page of and, regardless of the campground of your choice, it is advised you make advance reservations.

Please also note that significant improvements have been made to the festival shuttle service and this complimentary and efficient shuttle will offer the best way to get to and from the event, with regular service and direct routes to the main festival campgrounds, plus the towns of Redway and Garberville. There are also limited free and paid parking options in the town of Benbow for those who’d rather drive.

For more information call the festival office at (707) 923-3368 or go to, and don’t delay another minute in making your plans for the 28th annual Reggae On The River® on the weekend of July 21 & 22 at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. It’s going to be an incredible experience that will send us off from Benbow in true Reggae On The River style and will also set the stage for the festival’s long-awaited return home in 2013. Get your tickets now and see you there!

*Press Release Provided By: RBA Publishing And Publicity
*YouTube video courtesy of HolySaintChad

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