2017 Austin Reggae Fest Headliners Include Jesse Royal, Tarrus Riley and Akae Beka

Headliners for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival include Jesse RoyalTarrus Riley and Akae Beka.

Jesse Royal began his career with and was mentored by the late Fatis Burrell, who also produced Royal’s first two releases, “Singing the Blues” and “Long Days and Short Nights” in 2010. He has toured extensively in Jamaica as well as Europe and the United States, before releasing his first major work produced by his friend Walshy Fire in 2014. In 2015, Vogue Magazine listed Royal as part of a greater ongoing “Reggae Revival” movement happening in Jamaica and the rest of the world, re-vitalizing the genre of roots reggae.

Tarrus Riley released his debut album”Challenges” in 2004. He tours Europe once each year, performing on the major reggae festivals such as Reggae Sumfest 2010, the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Roskilde Festival 2011 in Denmark, Betty Wright and Friends in concert in Jamaica, and the Palmyra Foundation’s Fundraising event. Riley also headlined the Hennessey Artistry show in Barbados in December 2011.  More recently, he was featured on Major Lazer’s song “Powerful” from the album “Peace Is the Mission” along with Ellie Goulding.

Akae Beka is the relatively new project featuring Vaughn Benjamin and other former members of Midnite, the legendary roots band that hailed from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Akae Beka’s first performance took place in Denver on July 17, 2015 at a concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. According to Benjamin, the name for the new project came from two words found in the Book of Enoch, cited in chapter 68, verse 20-24. Recent releases from this group include “Portals,” “Homage To The Land,” and “Livicated.”

Stay tuned to this website for exact day and time of these headliner slots, as well as other performers for April 2017 at Auditorium Shores.

Tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival go on sale via this website on the morning of Wednesday, February 1.