On October 5th, New York City will be home to a loaded Reggae Festival titled By the Rivers of Babylon. With just a few weeks left before the big Festival, tickets are selling out as the bill will include co-headliners John Brown’s Body & Groundation in addition to special guests New Kingston, Kiwi & more…
The festival is being held at the 3,500 square foot outdoor Watermark on the edge of the new Pier 15. The event runs from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Fans in attendance at The Watermark will enjoy, in addition to live reggae music, an unparalleled panorama of the New York Harbor between the Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges.
In addition, this is only the second time that John Brown’s Body & Groundation have shared the stage together and it’ll be their first time on the east coast. Formed in Boston, MA John Brown’s Body is currently promoting their latest album Kings & Queens via Easy Star Records, which is considered one of the top albums of 2013 by The Pier! After two decades of existence, JBB’s Future Roots style of music is now considered present tense!
From Sonoma County, CA Groundation blends elements of Jazz, Funk and transcendental Dub in their progressive sound – some call it Progressive while capturing the essence of true Roots Reggae.
Out of Northeastern US and Brazil, Kiwi has hit their stride with a new lineup featuring some of the New York City area’s finest soul and funk musicians. And hailing from Brooklyn New York, 3 brothers formed by their father Courtney Panton Sr, who also plays bass on stage with the group who call themselves New Kingston playing an alternative mix of Reggae & Dancehall.
Watch: Groundation – “Humility”