It’s Reggae Time! Here’s Some Info That Might Help You Out If You’re Considering Going

This is a press release from the Mateel Community Center:

Slightly Stoopid

Assassin aka Agent Sasco

The 33rd Reggae on the River presented by the Mateel Community Center takes place August 3-6th with over 30 Reggae and World music artists & DJ’s, over 60 craft, non-profit and food vendors, a lively KidLandia, plus the camping, community, and irie vibes that make “Reggae” famous. The festival stage schedule by day is available now at

The 2017 Reggae on the River artist lineup draws from the wellspring of reggae’s greatest songwriters, singers and musicians from around the globe offering something for every Reggae lover. Artists that have shaped the music since its origins in Jamaica, those that make rare US appearances, groups that are part of the expansive global family of Reggae &World musicians are all part of this year’s roster. More information on the festival performer lineup is found in the official Reggae on the River program, available online as a free download through, on newsstands regionally or onsite at the festival.

Marcia Griffiths

On sale now are 3 and 4-day passes online through the Eventbrite ticket system and at regional ticket outlets, including Mendo Trim Tools in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, People’s Records in Arcata, Redway Liquor in Redway, The Works in Eureka, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville, SHC in Garberville, Cornerstone Reggae Culture in Sebastopol, The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, Wildberries in Arcata & Champion Sound Records in Oakland.

Single day tickets will be available at the gate for Friday ($90), Saturday ($100) and Sunday ($90) only. The festival organizers have added another day of music beginning Thursday, August 3rd to help early arrivals who purchase a 4-day ticket. Festival goers are encouraged to arrive to the festival site no earlier than 8am on Thursday for 4-day ticket holders and 8am on Friday for 3-day ticket holders.

Kabaka Pyramid

For those in need of some extra comfort while tent camping, reservations are available now in the Reggae on the River Premier Campground which offers grassy and mixed shade camping spots situated a short distance from the concert bowl. For Ambassador pass holders, camping space is reserved near the concert bowl. Ambassador pass perks include access to the Ambassador’s lounge cocktail bar, deluxe restrooms, the side stage viewing deck, a coupon book and more.

An internal van shuttle provides service throughout the festival village along the main road at no charge. Paid mobile bike shuttles are on site to help move festival goers throughout the festival. Free festival shuttles offer regular service to Redway, Garberville, Benbow and to select campgrounds near the French’s Camp festival site. More information on shuttle stop locations can be found at

A benefit for the non-profit Mateel Community Center, Reggae on the River and the Mateel initiated Tools For Change in 2015, a cultural exchange program that collects and distributes new and used tools to rural villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Festival goers are encouraged to bring tools to donate to this program at Reggae on the River 2017.

Sly & Robbie


Artist Lineup


Slightly Stoopid, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Sly & Robbie with Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt & Cherine Anderson, Walshy Fire w/ Kabaka Pyramid, J Boog, Stick Figure, Lutan Fyah & Riddem Rebel Band, Junior Kelly, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Ibibio Sound Machine, Dezarie, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, Ken Boothe, Perfect Giddimani, Warrior King & The Rootz Warriors, Nkulee Dube, Nattali Rize, Winston “Flames” Jarrett, Marla Brown, Ojo de Buey, Sensimilla Dub, Mighty Mystic & The Hard Roots Movement, Yogoman Burning Band, Tatanka, Mystic Roots Band, Irie Rockers, Altar Tones, Rocker T & the 7th Street Band and a very special showcase with Woven Roots featuring JahDan Blakkamoore, Messenjah Selah, Army, Winstrong, Luv Fyah & Travis Roots, plus special guests Young Shanty, Teomon & Rob Symeonn

All Photos provided by the Mateel Community Center

  • Laytonville Rock


  • Rally on the liver….

  • You couldn’t pay me enough to go .

  • It’s hotter than %##! Not going to be any fun out there on the river!

  • What’s funny is most people I talk to think the mateel volunteers get a little full if themselves. Ego on the river. Only at meteel events in Humboldt does everyone with a staff shirt on wanna bark orders at anyone they deem lower than them on their festival totem pole .. which as a goer to many a hundred festival it’s possible the worst vibes there are as far as staff and volunteers and that woman who is always squealing on stage about herself… Don’t know her name, but come on mateel, give her ego a rest. The whole place needs a serious batch or electric Kool aid and less beer and weed and coke..seriously, give anyone a radio and and t-shirt with staff or security on the back and see how nice they are. Life transforming festival? Clearly the folks saying this have not been to too many other festivals in the world… Even the dry ones are a million times more psychedleic and “irie” than reggae
    … And down river is fuxked afterwards, so thanks

  • Boycott reggae on the river!! Locals go for free.. that’s what bonaroo does. Everyone in Manchester the gets two free tickets to do with as they please. That’s what a really world famous festival does, they treat the neighbors the best, everyone within earshot or rumbly reggase bass the same lines over and over and over and over should go free, v.i.p. that’s a challenge to any mateel board member reading this….

    • Reggae on the River changed my life 20 years ago, I never meet any rude volunteers or security. Are you sure it’s not the attitude you project? It’s been round long before other festies you speak of. To compare new current festies is silly. At ROTR you don’t have to pack craps for days since you could drive home or take the bus out for any necessities left. More friends will be there than just the ones you came with. If your car takes a crap, no big deal you can hitch or bus it home & tow it the next day. Its not crammed with gazillions of folks. I hate inching thru thick crowds, feeling like a lil sardine. The weather is usually nice & much better than further south or out east. Hooray a giant festival in absolute humidity and dust. Personally Id take ROTR Anyday over other shows.
      P.s. Remind me, to not invite you to my camp. No Debbie Downers allowed.

      • I’ve learned that folks pushing 60 or more or less and talk about “I been around” or such talk are just yuppies. So have fun with that. Some people have lived on festival tour and rotr, no my own projection, is the lamest. Guess I don’t like reggae either much, but that’s besides . Not many people know the best secret in America, respective to all of America, so that’s alright. Go rage reggae brah or sis

      • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

        That is like such a cool and heavy comment about stuff, man…

        It changed my life reading that and I hope we can share nugs and kind vibes to share.

        I’ll be there!

        Look for my diesel lifted truck with an equality sticker on the back, and The Devil’s Lettuce over the windshield, man.

        Like, my dreads are long with pieces of straw in them and my dog on a rope has ribs showing and a blue bandanna. His name is Marley!

        But, brother- my dreads are like fake, but bought in Arcata, so it’s cool man- but don’t share that secret man.

        See you there! I’ll be running a SFV OG grow off the generator in the camper shell for maximum effect dance party of rad vibes.

        I converted the fourth diesel tank on the truck into a keg of dabs bro!

        Look me up for the hook up!

  • I am still in love with Bob Marley’s music and find it hard to accept any others who’ve followed in his shoes.
    I have a strange bias, but, at least I own it.

  • Why so many negative vibes? It is a community festival with money going to local non-profits. How can that be a bad thing?

  • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

    It would be sweet if the entire festival is arrested and sent to a hard labor camp, building a wall that when completed will keep them from ever entering the country again.

    These dope smokers just can’t control themselves when it comes to destroying the environment, I just don’t understand their hatred and war on nature.

    God help us….

    • “war on nature” … perfect!!

      You have the best trolling I’ve ever read on the local news blogs. Better than Puff’n Tuff. I tip my hat CHUMP

  • Diesel DRW - Curb Weight 7762 lbs

    God, I just love that 4 day 24/7 drug party on the river! Hope I don’t see you in the ER with an OD!

    Stay cool! – Burning man, coming up!

    • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

      Oh, far out man!

      Hey kind brother, can you spare a nug, err- 9 pounds for me and my bandanna wearing skinny dog?

      • Diesel DRW - Curb Weight 7762 lbs

        SLIGHTLY stupid? Reggae music, as practiced, is neither. Cool sounds for the developmentally disabled and those folks as are stoned 24/7… If you enjoy this “festival”, you are a pawn of those who would take your excess money to entertain you somewhat, while you occupy a dusty dry spot by the hiway awaiting the sobriety of the next day.

        I love watching the drug victims pulling out after the weekend of extreme intoxication. We have the CHP on ready alert!

        Slightly Stupid indeed!

        • Kind of reminds me of a Grateful Dead concert. I remember Deadheads telling me “you can’t listen to their albums you have to hear them live” and under the influence. And for you righteous anti drug types it was a really good time. I was on to Jimmy Cliff before I heard Bob Marley, who I saw live at Santa Barbara. I never imagined Reggae would still be jammin’ 40 years later. ” One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain”.

          • “Well, they tell me of a pie up in the sky…”


          • Nothing like grateful dead past present or future. “They aren’t the best at what they do, they,re the only ones who do what they do.” Acid at reggae would suck anyway, but only way to make the music interesting.. go watch some interviews by branford marsellias, Bruce Hornsby, Warren haynes, Mike’s Davis.. they will all tell you that the grateful dead was different than anything else.

          • Diesel DRW - Curb Weight 7762 lbs

            Hey, let’s talk about the old days before it wears off!

            Jesus, how lame. Dave Kirby. What are you, like 75?

            Jerry Garcia is currently still dead over 20 years. That shit is OVER…

            My wife used to say “they sound like they are underwater”.

            I finally understand.

  • I personally miss the good old days of hog farm pignics Tara was the best camp mom ever recycology!

  • I remember when tickets were sold out months before the show.

  • 3000 volunteers?

  • Dear “Reggae on the River” and the Mateel Community Center Staff & Board,

    If your “rainwater catchment pond” was empty last week when inspected by County DEH, how can you claim:

    A dream come true for organizers and agency partners, this 780,000+ gallon rainwater catchment pond was installed by Two Brothers Construction and will enable the water supply necessary to effectively manage the ROTR site, with sufficient excess to recharge the aquifer at the driest time of year and offset the festival’s total water usage. This improvement will make Reggae On The River® a water neutral/ positive event- the first of its kind.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Amanda Ruddy
    To:, Ronnean@Waterboards Lund
    Cc: Melissa Richard
    Sent: Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:36:10 -0400 (EDT)
    Subject: RE: ROTR-RE: hydraulically connected to the South Fork Eel River

    At the time Melissa was on-site, she observed the pond to be empty of water.

    Amanda Ruddy, REHS
    CP Supervisor
    Humboldt County DEH

    Ed Voice

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