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LAKE WORTH — For many, a reggae festival wouldn't be complete without paying homage to reggae legend Bob Marley.
This year, for the first time, Julian Marley, a son of the trailblazing artist, will be the headline performer at this weekend's Reggae Fest in Bryant Park. Julian Marley and the Uprising Band are scheduled to perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The two-day waterfront music festival, which begins Saturday, also will feature the food, crafts and culture of the Caribbean islands.
During the festival, local artist Buzz the Sandman will create sand sculptures, and the event will have an expanded children's area with a space shuttle super slide, rock wall, bungee quad, face painting and a Home Depot children's workshop, said Tom Ramiccio, president of the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is organizing the festival.
For the first time, the festival also will have a green focus. The Cool Green Village, a special vendor area, will host environmentally friendly companies, products and services.
The Cool Green Village is presented by Romano Law Group, which is building the first green office building in the city.
With each ticket, festival-goers will have a chance to win round-trip airfare for two from Air Jamaica. The ticket price is $5, and admission is free for children younger than 12. Ramiccio said the ticket price has remained affordable so that families can attend.
The festival, which began in 2000, previously had an admission cost of $3. The event formerly was known as the Caribbean Carnivale.
Lake Worth resident Marijah Speziale, lead singer of the band Marijah and the Reggae All-Stars, said most area reggae festivals typically charge much more. Her band takes the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday.
She said she especially likes Bryant Park as a venue. "It's the right kind of island environment for a reggae festival. When you're on the stage, you can look at the water," she said.
Bradley Brown, drummer for Marijah and the Reggae All-Stars, also performs with Safari, another band that will play at Reggae Fest. Safari's performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Brown is a Bahamian-born drummer, vocalist and bass player with plans to release his own CD soon. He said reggae music allows artists to get their message across to a wide range of people.
"I just love the way it makes me feel when I'm singing it and when I'm playing it," Brown said. "It's a true love feeling."
Brown, like many reggae artists, is a longtime admirer of Bob Marley. "He's the one that made me want to play reggae music," he said.
Other scheduled performers on Saturday include steel drum player David DeSouza at 10 a.m.; Sweet Justice at 12:30 p.m., and 4th Dimension at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Scholars Word will perform starting at noon, and the Red Stripe girls will make an appearance during the afternoon.
For information about Reggae Fest, call the chamber at (561) 582-4401 or visit the Web site: www.lwchamber.com/reggaefest.
For information about the Cool Green Village, visit www.getgreentodayexpo.com.
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