5 Things To Know- South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival 2017

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This weekend, “The Biggest Reggae Festival in SWFL Ever!” makes its return to Cape Coral, as Dixie Roadhouse presents its annual South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival.

During the event, SE 11th Place will be filled with music, food, drink, vendors, and more, as thousands are expected to come out and enjoy this year's event.


About the South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival

Since its inception three years ago, the South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival offers not only a day and evening of Reggae music but, a complete Jamaican culture experience complete with Jamaican food, clothes, drinks, and more, right here in Cape Coral.

This year, organizers are going all out to continue the growth of the festival featuring more of everything that has made the festival a premier event over the past couple of years.


Music on Two Stages

Taking center stage at the festival, is, of course, Reggae Music.

This year's event will feature non-stop music on two stages, one outside, and one inside Dixie Roadhouse.

Last year, organizers upped the ante bringing in international recording artist Ky-Mani Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley. Not resting on their laurels, organizers announced that British Reggae artist Maxi Priest would headline the 2017 festival.

Born in London, Priest began his music career in 1982. However, it wasn’t until 1988 that Priest would have his first major release with his self-titled album. Included on the album was his cover version of Cat Stevens' hit "Wild World" which helped establish him as one Britain's top Reggae singers.

Priest followed up the success of the album with his first American Billboard number one "Close To You" in 1990. The song gave Priest the distinction of being one of only two British Reggae acts (UB40) to reach the Billboard number one in the United States.

Priest continued his success in the United States in the early 1990's with charting duets with Roberta Flack and Shaggy.

Since then, Priest has collaborated with a number of other artists, as well as releasing solo material including 2014's "Easy To Love," which entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number two.

Joining Priest during Saturday's festival will over a dozen Reggae artists from around the state of Florida providing over nine hours of non-stop music.

Other artists scheduled to perform at this year's event include; Jahfe, Jah Movement, Spred The Dub, Nostaljah,

No Need, Roots Almighty , The JewMaicans, Jammin G's, and The Freecoasters.

Music is scheduled to begin on the outside stage at 2:00pm and go until 11:00pm, and inside Dixie Roadhouse from 2:00pm until 8:30pm. However, the live music doesn’t stop there.


After Festival Reggae Jam

Immediately following the live outside music, the party continues inside Rockade (located next to Dixie Roadhouse) with the "Reggae Jam."

The jam will see many of those who performed on the outside stage come together inside for an old-fashioned jam until 2:00am.


Additional Activities at the Festival

While the music continues to be the highlight of the event, the Reggae Festival offers those who attend far more.

During the day and evening enjoy an authentic taste of Rasta culture with a variety of Jamaican themed food, drink, activities, vendors, and more.

Leading the way will be popular Jamaican Chef Sugar Kane, who will be cooking up Jamaican favorite culinary delights. There will also be a variety of vendors at the festival selling everything from island apparel, jewelry, sandals, to custom glass blown products.

This year, organizers are also making the event more family friendly, adding activities and attractions geared toward the children including; face painting, balloons, inflatable attractions, and more, making the 2017 South Cape Reggae Festival a true family friendly experience.


Other Info

The South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival 2017 will take place this Saturday, March 18 on SE 11th Place just off SE 47th Terrace near Dixie Roadhouse, located at 1023 SE 47th Terrace.

Gates open at 1:00pm.

General admission tickets for the festival are $15 per person prior to the event, and $20 per person the day of the festival. 12 years of age and younger are admitted free.

VIP All Access tickets are available for $30 per person and includes access to the VIP tent next to the stage with two free drinks and a free food menu, front section stage viewing, and free beer in the VIP tent from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Ticket holders will also be able to come and go from the event all day and night with free re-entry. Tickets also include admission to the Dixie Roadhouse Dance Party after the festival has ended. To purchase tickets, click here.

No backpacks, lawn chairs, coolers, or outside food or beverages will be allowed at the festival.

For more information about the South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival 2017, click here.