Whether it’s once a month, or once a year, New York City hosts a variety of Reggae music events for lovers of the Caribbean Island music form. Live musical acts (both famous and soon-to-be famous) and DJs provide Reggae tunes for attendees to jam to.
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music holds an annual reggae festival every autumn. The festival includes Rastafarian meditative drumming, chanting, rituals, video presentations and live reggae performances. The festival attracts reggae acts like Big Youth and Mystic Bowie. The coalition started the festival to pay homage to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Mennen. The festival takes place each year on the Saturday closest to that date to mark the coronation. As of 2010, Adults pay $35 per ticket. Children accompanied by adults enter free.
The Retro Reggae dance party kicks off the first Saturday of every month. The event takes place at the Littlefield Performance and Art Space in Brooklyn. A combination of DJ’s spinning reggae tunes and live musical performances fill the airwaves at Retro Reggae. The dance event attracts hundreds of reggae music enthusiasts each month. To gain entry to the event, attendees must be at least 21 years old. As of 2010, early entry tickets cost $10. Late entry tickets cost $15.
The Irie Jamboree kicks off every year on Labor Day weekend Queens, New York. The jamboree began in 2003 and has attracted top Reggae performers like Sean Paul, Queen Ifrica and Sugar Minott. In 2010, Irie Jamboree was canceled because of the recession and problems with performers either getting their visas, or getting incarcerated. But festival organizers said in a statement released to the New York Daily News they plan to continue the festival in the future and “promise another spectacular, exciting presentation.”