CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine ??вЂќ With 10 bands performing over 4 days, Sugarloaf/USA??в„ўs 18th annual Bud Light Reggae Festival on April 6-9 promises to be the biggest and best ever. The sounds of the Caribbean will be heard throughout the Sugarloaf Village from Thursday night right through Sunday afternoon. The line up is equally split between crowd favorite Reggae Festival veterans and first-time Sugarloaf performers.
The unusually large line up of reggae acts ensures a better variety of music to please a wide spectrum of fans. ???This year??в„ўs event will have more of a traditional music festival atmosphere with new acts taking the stage every 90 minutes throughout the day and evening shows,??? said Karen Greene, Sugarloaf??в„ўs brand manager.
The springtime reggae festival that has become popular throughout ski country was born at Sugarloaf. The event got its start in 1988 as a way to celebrate the changing of the seasons and truly enjoy the deep snow and warm sun that define spring skiing and riding. Today, the event has grown to be one of the most popular weekends of the year, drawing 10,000 or more reggae and spring skiing fans. Last year’s event broke all attendance records when more than 11,000 music and spring skiing fans converged on Sugarloaf under brilliant sunshine, mild temperatures, and the east’s best spring skiing.
Reggae fans can catch the music of Spiritual Rez on Thursday night and Jah Ni, Vibe Wise and Dub Station on Friday night. On Saturday Jah Ni and Vibewise along with Toussaint and the China Band will perform on The Beach in front of the Sugarloaf Base Lodge during the daylight hours. After dark TruMystic, Toussaint and the China Band, Fear Nuttin, Westbound Train, and Pressure Cooker will perform on stages in the Widowmaker Lounge and the King Pine Room.
All daytime performances on The Beach are free. Tickets for Thursday night in the Widowmaker Lounge are $8. Tickets to performances in the King Pine room are $20 Friday night, $25 Saturday night or $40 in advance for both nights. A limited numbers of tickets for Widowmaker Lounge performances will be offered for an additional $10 each night at the door. All evening performances are 21+ shows and proper ID is required.
Call 1-800-THE-LOAF or log on to www.sugarloaf.com for more information and to make your reservations today.