2019 Austin Reggae Festival Lineup

Day-by-Day, Hour-by-Hour Band Schedule


Friday, April 19: Buy tickets here

Gates open at 3:00 pm

5:00: The Late Ones (Laie, Hawaii). Brothers Tui Avei (lead vocals), and Tau Avei (vocals), along with cousin Josh Brunson (vocals) are the voices. Built on a roots reggae foundation with influences from various genres like hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, The Late Ones’ unique blend of style and harmony shapes a youthful, yet old school reggae vibe.

The Late Ones sound clip: “Own Up”

6:30: Hempress Sativa (Kingston, Jamaica). A multi-faceted young talent, Hempress Sativa is propelling Jamaican Muzik into the future maintaining a strong foundation that makes her Muzik timeless. Her expressive writing skills and sharpened delivery, commands the attention and respect of her audience with each performance. She has an uncanny ability to keep all listening, as if in a trance, as they absorb her every word, every rhyme.

Hempress Sativa sound clip: “Boom Shakalak”

8:30: Don Carlos (Kingston, Jamaica). One of reggae’s true living legends, Don Carlos was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae’s greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, original member of Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy to name but a few. His singing career in 1965 in conjunction with other artists and quickly moved on to creating solo singles. In 1972, Don moved into a trio as one of the original contributors of Black Uhuru, alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls, and Derrick Ducky Simpson. Two years after the trio’s groundbreaking debut, the group split in different directions and Don continued to pursue a solo career.

Don Carlos sound clip: “Young Girl”

10:00: Park closes for Friday, April 19



Saturday, April 20: Buy tickets here

Gates open at noon

12:30: Lion Heights (Austin). They trace their origins to the west side of Chicago in 2013, when friends Dane Foltin (bass/voice), Jeremy Carlson (keys/voice) and James Campbell (guitar) came together while studying music at Columbia College. Lion Heights is mainly influenced by the roots music that was pumping out of Jamaica in the 60s and 70s. However, combining aspects of soul and R&B helps them to introduce reggae music to new audiences.

Lion Heights sound clip: “Ain’t What It Seems”

2:00: Grimy Styles (Austin). In a departure from the traditional reggae songwriting intrinsic to Jamaican dub, this longtime Austin favorite draws inspiration from many artists spanning from Pink Floyd to Slayer and Astor Piazzola to U2. Grimy Styles offers classically inspired melodica and guitar driven melodies, while drum and bass point back to the fundamental rhythms of King Tubby and Lee Perry.

Grimy Styles sound clip: “Jr Kong Pt 1”

3:30: General Smiley / Lakandon (Los Angeles). He began his career in the late 70’s at Studio One under the direction of Sir Coxsone Dodd as one half of the legendary ‘Michigan and Smiley’. The duo recorded their first number one hit, ‘Rub a Dub Style’, followed by ‘Nice up the Dance’ in 1978 and were later one of the first artists distributed on Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Label with their worldwide smash hit ‘One Love Jamdown’ in 1980. Currently General Smiley continues to tour and perform with his Texas based band Lakandon (aka Dub Gideon) and is preparing to release his latest album ‘Lone Star General’ by mid 2019, featuring songs from various Texas Reggae production teams.

General Smiley sound clip: “Natty Natty”

5:00: Jah9 (Kingston, Jamaica). Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel; “reminiscent of that darkly operatic wailer for truth & justice, Nina Simone.” Her philosophy–profoundly spiritual, and her style–Jazz on Dub.

Jah9 sound clip: “Heaven (Ready Fi Di Feeling)”

6:45: Baby Cham (Kingston, Jamaica). A Jamaican-born rapper, singer-songwriter and actor, Cham is most well known for his 2006 single “Ghetto Story” from his major label debut album of the same name, a song which led to multiple “story” songs by other artists in a similar vein. Throughout his career, Cham has collaborated with many hip hop and R&B artists such as Foxy Brown, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas, Shawn Mims, Mis-Teeq, Rihanna, Che’Nelle, Jentina, Akon, and T-Pain, Keke Palmer and many others.

Baby Cham sound clip: “Ghetto Story”

8:30: Mykal Rose (Kingstom, Jamaica). For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity. As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today’s scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.

Mykal Rose sound clip: “Sidewalk Steppa”

10:00: Park closes for Saturday, April 20



Sunday, April 21: Buy tickets here

Gates open at noon
For Sunday, April 21 only, one free entry with each paid ticket if you enter park before 3:00 pm

12:15: Starlighter (San Antonio). Blending the best of reggae and ska and rock into an intoxicating mix, this nine-piece outfit brings dancing rhythms from the West Side of San Antonio. Members of the band include Alberto “Beto” Barragan, Jacob Guerrero, John Michael Leija, Leonardo “Leo” Tellez, Hugo Funes, Phillip Chavarria, and Nick Valdez. Starlighter was the name of Jacob’s grandfather’s band in the 1950’s. 

Starlighter sound clip: “Carless Whisper”

1:45: Roots from the Clay (Houston). Texas’ fastest-rising roots reggae band, RFTC aims to encourage people through positive music. Their music confronts real-world issues: Racial equality, poverty and relationships are honestly examined through a pulsing reggae beat. Roots From The Clay’s influences come from Jamaican Roots, Lovers Rock, Dub and Dancehall Reggae music from the 70’s through the 2000’s.

Roots From the Clay sound clip: “Brave Warrior”

3:15: Mau Mau Chaplains (Austin). Producing “iriginal” roots reggae with five part harmonies backed by 150 man-years of stage experience, the Mau Mau Chaplains include veteran musicians from the 80’s reggae group The Lotions, as well as country/reggae phenomenon “I-Tex”, the Killer Bees, Pressure amongst others. Just close your eyes and listen and you’ll be transported to Jamaica on their magical wave of riddems.

Mau Mau Chaplains sound clip: “Walk On By”

4:45: Etana (Kingston, Jamaica). Her name means “the Strong One” in Swahili, and it’s a title she more than lives up to with her music and presence. Since debuting in 2006 with the thought-provoking single “Wrong Address,” this Jamaican-born singer has established herself as one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in reggae, blazing a new trail for dozens of other young female artists in a genre that has long been male-dominated. On December 7, 2018, Etana’s “Reggae Forever” was nominated for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album.

Etana sound clip: “I Rise”

6:30: Cocoa Tea (Clarendon Parish, Jamaica). He is one of reggae’s most talented and versatile artistes. Cocoa Tea’s smooth, easy-going vocal presentation (pre-recorded or live) have become his trademark, earning him wide international acclaim. Hits such as “Lost MY Sonia,” “Tune In” and “Rocking Dolly” have become world anthems in reggae land.

Cocoa Tea sound clip: “Hurry Up and Come”

8:15: Freddie McGregor (Clarendon Parish, Jamaica). This internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer reached the U.K top ten hit in 1987 for his hit single “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely.” He has made significant contributions to reggae music since inception, and has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and Philly-Soul style for over 50 years. Close out the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival on a high note with the melodic sounds of one of this genre’s most prolific voices!

Freddie McGregor sound clip: “I Was Born A Winner”

9:30: Park closes for Sunday, April 21


Buy a VIP Pass, a Three Day Wristband or a single day ticket here to attend the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival at Auditorium Shores in Downtown Austin.

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Listed in alphabetical order, other top dub, roots and ska acts who have performed at the Austin Reggae Festival since the event began in 1987 include The Aggrolites (2013), Akae Beka (2017), Alika (2015), Black Uhuru (2018), Bunny Wailer (2016), Carlton Pride (2004), Cas Haley (2012), Collie Buddz (2012 and 2018), Culture (2008), Dr. Dubbist (2011), Dubtronic Kru (2012), Everton Blender (2016), Easy Star All Stars (2006 and 2016), Full Service (2008), Grimy Styles (2011), Grupo Fantasma (2012), Inner Circle (2016), Israel Vibration & the Root Raddics Band, (2012), Jesse Royal (2017), Josh Heinrichs (2012), Kabaka Pyramid & the Bebble Rockers (2018), Katchafire (2016), Killer Bees (2001), Lance Herbstrong (2013), Luciano (2008), Lee “Scratch” Perry (2014), The Lions (2013), Mighty Diamonds (2010), Mystic Roots (2012), Qwiksand (2008), Raging Fyah (2016), Rootz Underground (2012), Sierra Leonne Refuge All Stars (2010), Sister Nancy (2018), The Skatalites (2016), Stranger (2016), Tarrus Riley (2017), Tidal Waves (2012), Tribal Seeds (2011), Taj Weekes (2011), Tribal Nation (2009), The Wailers (2013 and 2018), Watusi (2004), King Yellowman (2015), and many many many others.