YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Next Saturday, a one-block stretch of Market Street in Youngstown will be closed for the day for the first ever Reggae Fest, presented by Flambeau’s Live.
The section of Market Street between Saint Louis and W. Dewey avenues will be shut down from 6 a.m. Saturday morning until 1 p.m. Sunday morning.
The festival will begin at 2 p.m. Nine performers are expected to play.
“At 2 p.m. we’re going to be going live with the music right until the end with Sister Nancy, who’s going to be closing us out with her [song], ‘Bam Bam,'” said Sandra Murphy, co-owner of Flambeau’s Live.
The idea came from Murphy’s origins, wanting to bring her culture to the area.
“It’s from the Caribbean, where I am originally from. Jamaican music is very popular — Bob Marley. July 1 is International Reggae Day and we are going to be honoring him with the group Safari, who does a montage of his music,” she said.
Tickets cost $35 if pre-ordered and $45 at the door. VIP tickets cost $125 and include transportation to and from the festival, food and drinks for the entire day. For tickets, call Murphy at 330-953-7822.
Murphy says the response from the public about the event has been fantastic — people seem very excited for the festival.