Festival Season is upon us, and we here at Mixologi wanted to break down one of California’s longest-running reggae events, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, by highlighting four of our must-see performances.
As Chronixx sets to drop Chronology, his first full-length LP and the follow-up to his 2014 critically acclaimed Dread & Terrible EP, this young 24-year-old musician is at the top of his game right now, and has solidified his position as the torchbearer for a new generation of conscious reggae artists. We’re hoping his latest single, “Likes,” serves as some indication of what we should expect as he co-headlines the stage Friday night.
Lee “Scratch” Perry
After his scheduled performance was rained out last year, the legendary producer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, was gracious enough to schedule a return to SNWMF this year and offer its audience a special treat. Instead of rocking the main stage, Perry will enter the late-night dancehall alongside UK reggae legend, Dennis Bovell. It’s hard to imagine what Perry will actually do in this setting, where he’ll trade off his backing band for a bass-rattling DJ sound system, but we can all rest assured it’ll be unlike any other performance this year.
The haunting falsetto of Horace Andy has been one of the most unique voices in reggae music for the last 50 years. Incomparable in approach as he was prolific in musical style, Andy was a formidable presence throughout the deep roots and early dancehall eras of the 70s and 80s. With songs like “Skylarking,” “Cuss Cuss,” and his lovingly painful cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Andy has managed to create beautiful reggae music countless times over.
Capleton has long been absent from headlining any West Coast reggae festivals for several years now. His energetic performances have been well-documented and become the stuff of folklore for those in the industry. With hits pon top of hits, he’s a commanding presence onstage, converting a typical show into an hour-long demonstration of reggae calisthenics while wearing out his audience in the process.
Needless to say, this year’s SNWMF is gonna be legendary!