The One Love Reggae Fest
—billed as “the last big reggae festival of the year”—brings 10 bands, emcees and DJs to the Durham Armory Saturday night from as far away as Jamaica and as near as the Bull City itself. Former WNCU DJ Cayenne the Lion King assembled the line-up and will perform his own solo material, while author and artist Antony Leonard Pierre hosts the night.
Jamaican-born vocalists Grindsman and Devon “Bobo Saw” Clarke headline: The former offers dancehall with a heavy hip-hop influence, while the latter’s ethereal, experimental roots vibes promises the night’s most intriguing set. A trio of locals round out the bill of live performances, which gets rolling at 9: Dub Addis infuses indigenous polyrhythms into soulful roots tunes, while King Ayoola & Pure Fiyah Reggae Band and Crucial Fiya respectively blend their modernized reggae with elements of rock, rap and R&B. DJs Evryting Criss, Ras J and Kulcha Lion Sound also spin—presumably starting when doors open at 7—and Jamaican food will be available.
Tickets are available via eTix for $20 in advance.