Leading up to the International Oktoberfest on October 17th and 18th, Waterfront Events has announced they will host a Fall Waterfront Reggae Concert on Friday, October 16th.

The Fall Waterfront Reggae Concert, to take place rain or shine next Friday, October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island, promises to be smokin’ with headliner Collie Buddz, local reggae band The Ravers and music between sets from DJ Paul Michael and DJ Matik. 

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The general admission tickets with no re-entry are $25 in advance through Thursday, October 15thand $35 the day of the concert.  Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.  For the ultimate reggae fan who is 21 years or older, an exclusive Rocksteady Pass is available for $50 in limited quantities which includes one admission, access to a reserved dockside lounge, cocktail service and a complimentary island cocktail or Red Stripe beer.  All tickets can be purchased online at www.riwaterfrontevents.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by stopping by the Half Way Tree Jamaican restaurant at 150 Chestnut Street in Providence.

“We had such an incredible turnout for the 6th Annual Waterfront Reggae Festival in August that we wanted to bring another night of reggae to Providence before the end of our outdoor concert schedule.  There is nothing better than a hot reggae show on a crisp October night,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions.  “Collie Buddz is part of a new generation of acclaimed reggae artists we have been trying to land for the Festival and we’re thrilled he’ll help us close out our event season.”  Palmieri added that it is a standing room/festival style event so attendees are welcome to bring a blanket or low chair but no coolers, large bags or outside food & beverage will be allowed into the concert.

In addition to the music, the concert will feature authentic Jamaican food options from the Half Way Tree restaurant as well as more traditional fare while multiple bars will offer cold brews and festive island cocktails.  Artisan vendors, including Motherland Life and Greenside Up Gallery, will sell African and Caribbean collectibles.

After a string of successful one-off singles and collaborations including “Yesterday” (featuring Riff Raff and Snoop Dogg), Collie Buddz will headline the Fall Waterfront Reggae Concert in support of his Blue Dreamz EP, a seven-track project that features his trademark melodic vocals, soaring synthesizers and addictive percussion. Best known for his single “Come Around” which was ranked #1 on the BBC Radio UK dancehall charts, he recently signed with the Louder Than Life label, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.  Born Colin Harper in New Orleans, Buddz was raised by his mother in Bermuda where reggae music became a formidable influence.  He has toured the world with artists including Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Damian Marley, Lil Jon, Shaggy and Third World and was the featured act with Rebelution, Matisyahu and Zion I on the Good Vibes Tour in 2013.

Buddz has also been a headliner at major music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Boomtown, Summer Jam, Reggae on the Rocks, California Roots Festival and the Marley Family 9 Mile Music Festival.

The Ravers have been a reggae staple in Rhode Island for the past 27 years playing both original music and covers. The nine-piece group catalog of over 100 songs.

In addition to the Fall Waterfront Reggae Concert, the International Oktoberfest! will be on tap the following two days Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th.  Please visit www.riwaterfrontevents.com for all the details.

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