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The festival, held in the Redland area, was started 17 years ago, and will feature a variety of musical artists

COURTESY PHOTO - Jexon White performs at a previous year's Northwest World Reggae Festival.

Reggae music is the focus of an upcoming event in the Redland area.

The Northwest World Reggae Festival is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7, at 17721 S. Deininger Road, between the Estacada and Oregon City areas. Admission is $40 for a day pass, $100 for a two day pass with camping or $60 for Saturday admission and camping that night. Children 14 and younger can enter for free.

Doug Carnie, one of the founders of the event and a sound engineer, said the festival was started 17 years ago by some of the same people who started the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta.

"We focus on world reggae acts — not just Jamaican acts, but from all over the world," Carnie said, noting that they've had artists from Australia and Africa in previous years. "This year is a bit more limited because of COVID. We have performers from Jamaica, the Virgin Islands and the U.S."

The festival's music lineup includes Hempress Sativa, Reemah, CoLoSo, Jubba White, Honey B, James Edmun Greeley, Don Carlos, Prezident Brown, Reggae Angels, Jubba White, Pedro World Citizen, Lion of Judah Band, I-chele and Bloodshot Riddims.

"We do roots, the style that Bob Marley did," Carnie said. "A lot of the artists are focused on peace and love."

If they are not regulated by the state's COVID-19 regulations at the time, masks will be encouraged during the event.

There will be a general store with snacks and drinks available for purchase, and vendors will sell art, tarot readings, handmade bamboo flutes and additional items.

"We try to provide a festival that the average person can come to. There are so many events that are out of their price range," Carnie said, adding that the event is also focused on families. "There's positivity in the music, and no negativity coming from the stage."

Carnie appreciates being involved with the event.

"All of the work is worth it for that one person you see in the center of the dance floor, lost in the music," he said.

If you go

What: Northwest World Reggae Festival

When: Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7

Where: 17721 S. Deininger Road, Oregon City

Cost: Tickets are between $40 to $100.

More information: nwwrf.com


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