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Starting 2/2/17 – check out the reggae sounds of DJ Mike Potatoes every Thursday at The Cafe at Parlor in Newport, RI! Strict 21+

Reggae Thursdays w/ Mike Potatoes

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NYE 2016 w/ DJ Blademon

NYE 2016 w/ DJ Blademon

2016 has been a crazy year – close it out with WRIU 90.3‘s DJ Blademon at Jimmy’s Saloon in Newport, RI on 12/31! He’ll be spinning Reggae, Hip Hop and more all night for your New Year’s Eve listening and dancing pleasure. Also expect special guest performances, giveaways and a free glass of champagne at midnight! 

$10. 9-close. Strict 21+ RSVP on Facebook

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Ring in the New Year properly with The Big Takeover from Hudson Valley, NY! They’ll be at Jimmy’s Saloon here in Newport, RI on Friday January 1st 2016 providing some high-energy reggae music. Only $5! 9pm-1am. Strict 21+

The Big Takeover

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Head over to  in Newport, RI for a great reggae show on Wednesday September 9th 2015 featuring High Hopes Band & TreeHouse! $5 cover. 9-close. Strict 21+

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High Hopes & TreeHouse | Wednesday 9/9/15 | Jimmy's Saloon, Newport, RI

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With their roots steeped deep in the tradition of the classic 70′s period of conscious reggae, the High Hopes Band (HHB) is considered one of New England’s premiere reggae bands. High Hopes combines influences of roots reggae, dub, & RnB into its own style and sound.

High Hopes has been performing throughout New England for the last 10 years. 2015 marks their 3rd year of touring the U.S. Virgin Islands and their first West coast touring coming in July. High Hopes has provided tour support for Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ziggy Marley, Maxi Priest & Midnite, to name some of the bands/artists they’ve worked with.

At every High Hopes Band performance, audiences are often treated to a wide range of music styles while thanks to the band’s influential bassist, Julie Feola, they also keep it grounded in the foundation of their heavy roots sound. Hailing from St. Croix-US Virgin Island, vocalist Sebastian Franks, with his soulful vibe, creative writing skills, and catchy melodic hooks adds a fresh neo-soul like RnB influence to the band’s already diverse sound. In addition to his role as band member, Franks has played a vital role in developing projects with bands both in the US Virgin Island as well as in the Boston area.

High Hopes Band is keyboardist Paddy McDonnell brings his own reggae dub approach to original material written by the band.


East Coast Reggae Jam Rock band, TreeHouse! formed in 2010 in Myrtle Beach, SC, with members, Jeremy Anderson on vocals and guitar, Matt Link on bass, and Trey Moody on drums. TreeHouse! spearheaded its own original local following in the area until the band was performing special events with some of the biggest acts in their genre at venues such as House of Blues.

TreeHouse! released its debut album in June of 2011 and began touring continuously from North Carolina to Florida. By 2012, the band was performing at regional conferences, events, and festivals across the Southeast. After jamming hundreds of shows together, the band released its sophomore album, Growth, in May of 2013, composed of songs all written through live jams. Since 2013, TreeHouse! has been expanding more North, from Virginia to New York and Ohio. The band has found its “growth” and its niche as a heady festival act, but the band has been known to turn any room into a Rasta Woodstock!

TreeHouse! has two albums out now, the self-titled debut TreeHouse! Album (2011) and the Growth album (2013), both self-produced. The band has been touring heavily across the East coast in promotion of Growth, from Florida to New York to Ohio to Tennessee to the Virgin Islands, and everywhere in between, building a network of good-vibin’ peoples.

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The Omega Sound crew will be bringing you the proper vibe this Sunday for a one-of-a-kind Columbus Day reggae party!! They’ll be joined by special guest selector Mike Potatoes so be sure to come out and let the music hit you.

Free…no cover. 21+ | 10pm-1am | Rhino Bar, 337 Thames St, Newport, RI

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The legendary Freddie McGregor will be at The Spot Underground in Providence on Thursday July 18th. He will be joined by Chino McGregor & High Hopes Band. The show is 18+ and the doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. You can buy tickets HERE and RSVP on facebook HERE.

Also he will be at Half Way Tree Restaurant (44 Hospital St, Providence, RI) before the show if you want to drop by and meet the ambassador in person!

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The Jamaican-born sensation Etana “The Strong One” will be performing on Tuesday July 2nd at One Pelham East in Newport, RI!! She will be joined by the local reggae band The Mintones. The admission fee is only $10 so it’s a great, inexpensive way to kick off the reggae season in Newport. Go to for more information.

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This Sunday, August 21st, catch the reggae dub legends Easy Star All-Stars at the Newport Blues Cafe in downtown Newport, RI. Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003) and Radiodread (2006), and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009), the Dub Side remix album Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), as well as Until That Day (2008), an original EP, the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family. Their latest release, First Light, released in April 2011, allows the group to grow creatively, unleashing its talent on a disc of totally original music.

Originally formed in 1997 for Easy Star Records’ earliest recordings, the Easy Star All-Stars existed mostly as a studio entity until releasing Dub Side of the Moon in 2003. The group, which operates as a collective with a rotating cast of musicians and singers, was put together by Easy Star co-founders Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. These three have directed and managed the band ever since. In 2009, the All-Stars played 125 shows in 25 countries on 6 different continents, truly establishing themselves as one of the top reggae touring acts in the world. The band was nominated for a UK Festival Award for its three-day, three-stage performance at Glastonbury 2009.

Destroy Babylon are a Boston, Massachusetts based band that heavily incorporate elements of dub, reggae and punk with their songs. They have shared the stage with various acts ranging from The Wailers and Lee “Scratch” Perry, to Bad Brains front man HR and UK Legends The English Beat.

$15 Door | The Newport Blues Cafe | 286 Thames Street | Newport, RI

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Jahdan Blakkamoore LIVE in Newport RI! w/ BOO CITY

On August 23rd catch internationally acclaimed reggae artist Jahdan Blakkamoore in Newport, RI at One Pelham East. Jahdan Blakkamoore will be performing LIVE in Newport at an intimate venue with a full live band w/horn section. Local favorites BOO CITY will be opening for this internationally acclaimed recording artist. Doors open @ 8PM show starts @9PM, $10 advance / $12 door.

Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist -- both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message.” Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in Reggae music. As lead singer of his group Noble Society, they received Best Reggae Album of the year on iTunes for ‘Take Charge’ in 2008 and he has not stopped to win over worldwide audiences since. His solo debut album ‘Buzzrock Warrior’, released worldwide in 2009 on the Gold Dust/!K7 label, was also voted Best Reggae album of the year on iTunes. His solo debut has long been anticipated by his large fan base spanning from Brooklyn to Oslo, built over many years of delivering command performances and recordings throughout the US and Europe. ‘The General’, the first single released from ‘Buzzrock Warrior’ was chosen for Song of the Week on National Geographic World Music soon after its release. After a successful European tour with Noble Society in support of their forthcoming album ‘PPM’, Jahdan released his mix tape ‘Global Warning’ a preview to his current solo album ‘Babylon Nightmare’ released December 7th 2010 on the Lustre Kings label. “All Comes Back to One” the first video and single from the album has been receiving positive reviews globally. Routes for a supporting tour with Noble Society are currently being planned for 2011. Jahdan is a featured artist on the track “Cash Flow” from Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer collaboration. He also wrote the song “Struggla” on Matisyahu’s new album. His verse on the hook of Smiff N Wesson’s classic, “Sound Bwoy Buriell” is still played regularly in clubs around the world and in radio throwback sets on Hot 97 by Funk Master Flex, Mr. C, and others. Jahdan has shared the stage with great artist such as Anthony B, Sizzla, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and many others.

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Barrington Levy | Live at Ocean Mist | August 27th

Catch international reggae sensation Barrington Levy live at the Ocean Mist on August 27th.

The Ocean Mist | 895 Matunuck Beach Road Wakefield, RI | (401) 782-3740 | 21+ | $27.50 Advance | 30 Door

In 1976, Levy formed a band with his cousin, Everton Dacres, called the Mighty Multitude; the pair released “My Black Girl” in 1977. Levy established his solo career the next year with “A Long Time Since We Don’t Have No Love”;though the single was a failure, the fourteen year old was a popular performer at Jamaican dancehalls. In 1979, Levy met Henry “Junjo” Lawes and Hyman Wright, both record producers, and recorded several singles with the Roots Radics, including “Al Yah We Deh”, “Looking My Love”, “Englishman”, “Skylarking”, “Wedding Ring Aside” and “Collie Weed”, all of which became hits and established Levy’s career. Levy’s next few singles were similarly successful, including “Shine Eye Girl”, “Wicked Intention”, “Jumpy Girl”, “Disco Music”, “Reggae Music”, “Never Tear My Love Apart”, “Jah”, “You Made Me So Happy” and “When You’re Young and in Love”. Levy then recorded several duets with Toyan, Jah Thomas and Trinity, and appeared at Reggae Sunsplash in 1980 and 1981.

In the 1990s, Levy continued to release periodic hits in Jamaica, and more rarely in the UK, although his vocals were sampled and used in many underground and released jungle tunes. In 1998, he released Living Dangerously, which included a collaboration with one of Jamaica’s most prolific deejays, Bounty Killer, and with Snoop Dogg. The release was one of Levy’s most successful since the start of the 1990s, and saw him finally achieve some success in the US. Levy performed on two tracks on Long Beach Dub All Stars 1999 album Right Back, and also played a few shows with the band. He was featured on a 1999 track by the Rascalz titled “Top Of The World”, also featuring K-os. Levy also appeared on two singles by rapper Shyne (notably Shyne’s 2000 debut single, “Bad Boyz”), and on a track for drum and bass artist Aphrodite’s 2000 album Aftershock. “Here I Come” returned to the charts in 2001, with a new version by Levy and Talisman P reaching number 37 in the UK.

In 2004, he contributed to a track on the album White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School, a project by Prince Paul and Dan the Automator. He also did some collaborations with Slightly Stoopid on their 2005 album Closer To The Sun. Most recently, Levy made a guest appearance on the single “No Fuss” by Red-1 of the Rascalz, from his 2007 album Beg For Nothing.

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