The festival held its first show in 1984 to raise funds for the Mateel Community Center which is non profit entity in Humoldt.
The festival was designed to raise money because the Community hall had been burned down by an arsonist thus creating one of the largest attended reggae festivals in the United States.
The festival has seen reggae icons such as Taurus Riley with Dean Frasier, Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill, Marcia Griffiths, Sister Carol, and many more icons whose contribution to the festival is greatly appreciated.
Reggae On The River is more than just a festival they also have outreach programs for example the Lil Ragga Muffin Summer Camp which was founded by 18 year old Zebi Williams who used the money that he earned from waitressing to assist in founding the camp which is located in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
The camp provides mentorship to the young children and is the longest running camp in Jamaica's Blue Mountains.
The children engage in arts and crafts, further their knowledge and increase their skills in technology.
The camp has 30 volunteers both locally and internationally who give their time and resources to empower the youth that attend the camp.
The Lil Ragga Muffin Summer Camp is one out of many outreach programs stemming from the Reggae On The River Summer Camp.
To add to the outreach initiatives deriving from Reggae On The River 10% of all tickets purchased are actually invested into the several non profit entities that support the culture of reggae music.
The festival has a 3 day duration with camping available for the attendees who want to remain close to the festivities as well.
This years festival will see Busy Signal, Don Carlos, Bambaata Marley, Iration and more.
34 years is definitely a milestone and each year the festival grows bigger and bigger. Reggae On The River remains true to its vision of keeping reggae alive in a clean and family oriented fashion.
This year Reggae On The River were proud to announce their recent partner ship with High Times.
Island Beats would like to thank Kaati Gaffney for allowing Island Beats to share in the Reggae On The River momentum.
Massive from August 3 through to the 6th Reggae On The River is the place to be for more information and for ticket purchasing please log on to: