Posts by Hugh Forest

Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Mark Jackson of the Central Texas Food Bank

Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Mark Jackson of the Central Texas Food Bank

For our second interview with people who help organize the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival, we talk with Mark Jackson, who is the Chief Development Officer of the Central Texas Food Bank. He leads a team that is responsible for all of CTFB’s fundraising, marketing, communications and community outreach. …

Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Angela Tharp of Flamingo Cantina

Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Angela Tharp of Flamingo Cantina

Today we begin a series of interviews with people who are involved in the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival. Leading off this series is Angela Tharp, who owns Flamingo Cantina on 6th Street. Angela is also responsible for booking the bands that perform at the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.…

Craft Beers and Ciders at Austin Reggae Fest!

Craft Beers and Ciders at Austin Reggae Fest!

Absolutely nothing beats a cold brew while you are listening to some way cool tunes and enjoying sunny spring Central Texas weather.

New for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival is the addition of several standout craft beers and ciders to the lineup of available adult beverages.…

Two Weeks Until 2017 Austin Reggae Festival!

Two Weeks Until 2017 Austin Reggae Festival!

Gates for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival open at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 14 at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin.

Are you ready for all the music, all the food, all the arts & crafts, all the people-watching and all the new connections?…

Flash Sale Friday on March 31 Now Over

Flash Sale Friday on March 31 Now Over

UPDATE: The Flash Sale for Friday, March 31 has now concluded — congrats to everyone who got involved in this promotion. Stay tuned to this site for updates if there is another such deal next week.

Or just CLICK HERE to buy your advance tickets now for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.…

Upgrade to a VIP Pass: Access the Chill Zone

Upgrade to a VIP Pass: Access the Chill Zone

With music beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 14 and continuing through 9:00 pm on Sunday, April 16, the day-by-day, hour-by-hour lineup for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival is now posted online.

CLICK HERE to buy Three Day Wristbands and single day tickets for this year’s event.…

Lady Shacklin & Jah Souljahs Roots Band Plus Other Standout Acts Added to 2017 Lineup

Lady Shacklin & Jah Souljahs Roots Band Plus Other Standout Acts Added to 2017 Lineup

CLICK HERE to buy advance tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.

Headliners for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival include Tarrus Riley (Friday, April 14), Jesse Royal (Saturday, April 15) and Akae Beka (Sunday, April 16).

Other dub acts now confirmed for this year’s event include Lady Shacklin & Jah Souljahs Roots Band (Friday, April 14), Micah Shalom & the Babylonians (Saturday, April 15), Az One (Saturday, April 15), Black Slate (Saturday, April 15), Lion Heights (Sunday, April 16), River City All Stars (Sunday, April 16), and Mau Mau Chaplains (Sunday, April 16).…

Buy Tickets Now For 2017 Austin Reggae Fest!

Buy Tickets Now For 2017 Austin Reggae Fest!

CLICK HERE to buy advance tickets for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival.

Tickets will also be available on-site April 14-16 at Auditorium Shores. But, buying your tickets online in advance will save you. Also, Three Day Wristbands are only sold in advance.…

FREE FREE FREE Throwback T-Shirt For The First 300 Three-Day Wristband Buyers!

FREE FREE FREE Throwback T-Shirt For The First 300 Three-Day Wristband Buyers!

UPDATE: As of February 19, all throwback t-shirts are now sold out for the 2017 event. But, you can still buy Three Day Wristbands and single day tickets by CLICKING HERE. Tickets also available at the gate. If you bought your Three Day Wristband on or before February 19, then we will email you shortly on how to pick up your throwback t-shirt at Auditorium Shores.…

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

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.…

2017 Austin Reggae Festival Dates: April 14-16

2017 Austin Reggae Festival Dates: April 14-16

Dates for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival are Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16. Taking place at Auditorium Shores, next year’s event will also benefit the Central Texas Food Bank (formerly known as the Capital Area Food Bank).

While we can’t promise sunny skies next spring, we can say that two consecutive years of wet conditions give us faith that 2017 will return to the warm / dry conditions that have typically prevailed at the Austin Reggae Festival.…

2016 T-Shirts Still Available

2016 T-Shirts Still Available

Need a souvenir t-shirt from the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival. We still have a few of these left. Contact austinreggaefest@gmail.com for size, style and pricing information.…

Sunday, April 17 at Austin Reggae Festival: Lineup Condensed

Sunday, April 17 at Austin Reggae Festival: Lineup Condensed

UPDATE: With heavy rain and stormy weather conditions forecast all day in Central Texas, the Sunday, April 17 show at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival has been cancelled.

As of Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm, we are still planning to go forward with the Sunday, April 17 show at the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival.…

Gates Open At Noon on Saturday, April 16

Gates Open At Noon on Saturday, April 16

Saturday is Day Two of the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival! Gates open today (April 16) at noon and the show continues through 10:00 pm.

Music begins Saturday at 12:15 with Voodoo Possum (who were the winner of the 2016 band contest) at 12:15,  Micah Shalom & the Babylonians at 1:45, Atash at 3:15, Az One at 5:00, Pentateuch at 6:30 and The Skatalites at 8:30.…

Gates Open At 3:00 pm on Friday, April 15

Gates Open At 3:00 pm on Friday, April 15

The 2016 Austin Reggae Festival has arrived! Gates open today (Friday, April 15) at 3:00 pm. For both Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, gates open at noon.

Music begins Friday at 4:20 with the Contrabandits. Also performing on Friday are Raging Fyah (6:00) and Katchafire (8:30).…

2016 Weather Update: Sunshine Will Prevail!

2016 Weather Update: Sunshine Will Prevail!

Spring-time weather in Central Texas is always unpredictable and is ever-changing. And, as we get closer to the weekend, the forecast for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival has improved considerably!

Friday, April 15 looks like a fantastic day, with generally clear skies and a high around 80.…