Queens, NY: Labor Day Sunday, September 3, 2006 is a special day for reggae/dancehall lovers in New York as it marks the forth staging of Irie Jamboree, dubbed North America's premier reggae festival. The annual reggae show will again play Roy Wilkins Park, located in the heart of the predominantly Caribbean community in Queens and fans are lining up to get their tickets early so as not to miss the opportunity to see their favorite stars on stage.
The confirmed acts are indeed very special. The beloved king of lover's rock, Beres Hammond is eager to perform for his many fans in the tri-state area. Fact is he has not performed in New York at a park event in over three years. He will headline the event along with the Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths and veteran singer Gregory Isaacs who defines elegance and longevity. Beenieman, Capleton and Buju Banton are three stalwarts of the dancehall who consistently deliver stellar performances. The lineup would not be complete without them on board. Baby Cham and Assassin are legends in the making. Cocoa Tea is a class act not to be missed on stage, while Red Rat, Mr. Vegas, Mr. Peppa, Kulcha Don, Stephen Souza and Jovi Rockwell are rising stars who represent the future of reggae and dancehall music.
The very first Irie Jamboree concert took place at Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday, August 24th 2003. It was an excellent event that reggae lovers still reminisce about today. Each year the festival has made subtle improvements and has now won the respect and admiration of reggae lovers globally.
To get a gauge on the 'man in the street' thoughts about the event, we sought reaction in and around the tri-state area. The findings were highly favorable according to our survey.
Chris Green, Long Island - Irie Jamboree 2005 was by far the best line up, and the most organized show I attended last year. I can't wait for this year's festival, because it only gets better each year.
Esroy Bernard, Bronx, NY: "I have been to many concerts in New York, NJ and even Florida but without a doubt Irie Jamboree is the best organized of the bunch. Last year the vibe was magical so I am again looking forward to attend this year.
Althea Spence, Dutchess County, NY: I have attended Irie Jamboree since it was launched and plan to attend this year. This is by far the best reggae event in New York. Keep up the great work!
Jacequie Jones, Bronx, NY: "Irie Jamboree is the only concert I make sure that I attend each year. It is the best!
Rhonda 'China Doll' Tracy, Queens, NY: Irie Jamboree is a great festival for the Caribbean community in NY. I encourage everyone to support it.
Andrew Johnson, Florida: "Irie Jamboree 2005 was a beautiful show. Beenieman's performance was exceptional. I am happy he will be performing again this year.
Michelle Wright, Florida: "Irie Jamboree is the bomb! I will be flying in from Florida again this year. The greatest reggae show in North America!