Check out Reggae artist Spragga Benz in this intriguing performance at the Wembley Arena in England.
Nearly 10,000 fans will pack Peacock Park in Coconut Grove to witness the Essence of Reggae Music. Organized by Alfonso D’ Nicsio Brooks and the ROCKAZ MVMT, the free Miami reggae festival seeks to spread peace, love and unity in the Miami community on Saturday, April 30. –a.r.
How did the festival come about?
It started in November of last year. We did the Reggae Woodstock at Bayside. It paid homage to vintage reggae. We had such a tremendous turnout, so we wanted to give back by doing a free concert. During the process, we reached out to the Curley’s House charity. So, we want all fans to bring a can good when they come.
Why is it important to keep the culture alive?
We pay homage to the foundation of reggae. With it becoming commercial, they left behind the true foundation of the music. We did research and decided to reintroduce Bob Marley’s “One Love” movement. Some people can’t travel to the Caribbean, so we want to bring the Caribbean to Miami.
What advice would you give to others who are thinking of going into the entertainment business?
You have to believe anything is possible. Believe in the work, and it will come to fruition. There’s no such thing as “I can’t do.” Challenges will arrive, but you use those challenges to make you stronger.
Written by: Amir Shaw
Wondering what to do over Memorial Day Weekend 2011 in Miami to kick off your summer right? XO Management and Rockers Island are presenting an event-filled, star-studded urban weekend that you will not want to miss. Not only is the Best of the Best concert returning to Miami’s Bicentennial Park with an expanded two-day show, but there are a number of other major parties planned to keep you entertained all Memorial Day weekend long.
Prime Time Thursdays Miami Edition: Thursday May 26th
DJ Young Chow and Correy Kaiten present the Miami Edition of Prime Time Thursdays at Cameo nightclub on South Beach (1445 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139). This amazing party will feature appearances by DJ Khaled and Miami recording artist Ace Hood. The party is hosted by Chris Findley and Chinee and features music by DJ Young Chow, Massive B, DJ Starks, and DJs Springer and Fergie.
Official Miami Memorial Day Weekend Kick-Off Party: Friday May 27th
Friday night will be the official kick-off party for Best of the Best Memorial Weekend at Mansion nightclub on South Beach (1235 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139).
Spring Fest/Best of the Best Concert Day One: Saturday May 28th
What has historically been a daylong concert on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend has expanded into a two-day concert series at Miami’s Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33130). This year, Saturday’s concert will showcase some of the hottest R&B artists out right now, including Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Jeremih, Lloyd, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, and more to be added in the coming weeks. Saturday’s concert is hosted by Rickey Smiley (of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show) and Jabba (of Hot 97).Gates open at 5pm sharp.
Official Afterparty for Spring Fest/Best of the Best Concert Day One: Saturday May 28th
The party continues after day one’s Spring Fest concert with the official afterparty at Cameo nightclub on South Beach (1445 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139).
Best of the Best Concert Day Two: Sunday May 29th
The second day of the Best of the Best concert will feature some of the biggest names in Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Caribbean, and Hip Hop music. Acts include Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, DJ Khaled, Vybz Kartel (performing live via satellite from Jamaica), Assassin, I-Octane, Alison Hinds, Sanchez, Etana, Ace Hood, Trina, Demarco, Richie Loop, Gappy Ranks, Chino, Romain Virgo, ZJ Liquid, Bruck-Up, Honorebel, Tifa, Zeke Don, Supa Twitch, Karim Hype, and more still to be added. Day two will also be held at Bicentennial Park, with gates opening at 3pm.
NYC vs. MIA: Monday May 30th
Tony Smalls and Best of the Best present the Memorial Day NYC vs. MIA party at Mansion nightclub on South Beach (1235 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139). The party will be hosted by DJ Stringer, DJ Fergie, and DJ Young Chow. Appearing and representing NYC are Steelie, Massive B, and Platinum Kidz; representing MIA are Black Chiney, Poison Dart, and Innocent Sound. Doors will open at 11pm and the dress code is strictly enforced. As a bonus, all ladies have free admission before midnight!
With great concerts, huge celebrities, and hot parties, there’s nothing more you need for the best Memorial Day Weekend you’ve ever had!
For $20 advance tickets for Prime Time Thursdays Miami Edition, contact Young Chow at 631-839-1104 or Correy at 347-435-8978
To RSVP for NYC vs. MIA, call 786-319-1477