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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What Better way to Celebrate Earth Day than with some Reggae?

A new Reggae in the Valley festival will be part of Napa’s Earth Day celebrations Saturday. 
Performers include David Kirton from Barbados, Ras Indio from Belize, Ishi Dube with special guest, Rocker T, Mystic Roots, Million 7 Crew, Napa Valley’s own reggae band, C.R. Vibes and Midnight Sun. 
The event, which takes place at the Napa Valley Expo’s Chardonnay Hall, benefits Arts Council Napa Valley’s Arts Education Programs. 
 “We plan to turn this valley into a music mecca,” Event producer James Byrum said. 
The doors will open at 
4 p.m., and the nonstop dance music goes from 4:30 to 11 p.m. 
This all-ages family event also features Caribbean food, soft drinks and water, Rasta arts & crafts vendors, and a raffle for a chance to win a hot air balloon ride. 
Headlining the show is Barbadian singer, songwriter David Kirton. 
His newest album, “Time for Change,” got three nods from the Barbados Music Awards, winning Reggae Artist of Year, Reggae Song of Year and Best Video with his hot track “Green Camouflage.” 
Also performing is Ishi Dubeis, a talented and determined artist with a profound love for reggae music. 
A singer and songwriter, Dube is also a producer, musician and sound engineer, involved in nearly every process of production.
Rocker T, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, DJ, performer and producer, will make a guest appearance. 

His musical style of singing and chanting ska, reggae and hip-hop is a musical amalgamation term that has come to be known as “sing-jay.” 
Serving up an original style based in reggae, hip-hop and dancehall (with overtones of rock, funk and ska), is Mystic Roots Band, a Chico-born, now San Diego-based group. 
Representing the Napa Valley and the North Bay for 11 years, C.R.Vibes is a five-piece roots band exploring the realms of reggae, dub, dancehall, hip hop, blues, jazz, soul and polyrhythmic fusion. 
Award-winning Belizean artist Ras Indio continues to put Belizeans on the international musical map. His musical style mixes traditional African elements with the hardcore sound of Roots reggae . 
Midnight Sun has ignited dance floors across the Bay Area and beyond for the greater part of two decades, combining potent Caribbean rhythms with socially conscious lyrics.


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