Hail the Sound Systems at Reggae On The River

‘Pull Up!’ – Sound systems played an irrevocable role in roots reggae’s historical beginnings in Jamaica. Starting in the 1950’s, a truck loaded up with a custom stack of speakers and turntables provided the impetus for a street party while providing an outlet for local artists and the arising Black consciousness to be heard and gain strength.

To this day, a needle on the wax (or a click of the lap top), an emcee on the mic, and an immense amount of bass brings forward the reality of word, power and sound as one comes to know that reggae music is not just meant to be heard, but also felt.

Coming at you from the stage as well as the river bar, this year we have a whole host of sound systems and DJs who’ll be spinning the finest in roots, culture and dancehall.

Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi feat. Rocker T – Known for their quality selection and performance, this sound has been entertaining the Bay Area and beyond since 1998 and is CA’s leading reggae sound system. Rocker-T, meanwhile, is an international underground sensation whose newest album, The Hurban Warrior of Peace was released last year.

Guerrilla Takeover – Armed with exclusive dub plates, remixes and the biggest tunes out of Jamaica, Mendocino County’s Guerrilla Takeover always turns up the heat with some rude boy tunes and something real for the ladies, too.
One Wise Sound – Representing the Humboldt County reggae scene since 2001 with a diverse arsenal of original productions, remixes, mixtapes, deep crates, and dub plates, One Wise won the Club Dread Sound Clash in San Francisco back to back in 2010 and 2011.

WBLK – Operated by DJ Jacques and DJ Guacamole since 2000, WBLK hosts a weekly party in Sebastopol, plays festivals throughout the state, and even the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.  A series of mix CDs by DJ Jacques has garnered attention by the public and industry folks alike.

Blessed Coast Sound – In 2006, a growing stack of vinyl birthed Blessed Coast Sound. They now provide a firm foundation for the reggae scene that thrives in the Pacific Northwest (Santa Cruz, CA to Bellingham, WA).  Known as one of the top sounds on the West Coast, they will also present Bobby Hustle and support Jahdan Blakkamoore on this bill.
DJ Sister Yasmin – As the founder of Mendocino County’s first reggae radio music program, this reggae pioneer has been rocking California’s radio airwaves, festivals and venues since 1989.

I N I Vibrations – Founded at the turn of 2006, I N I Vibration crew is best known for SKYLARKING, the Bay Area’s all vinyl reggae jamboree going on eight years in San Francisco’s Mission District while also holding residency at Rocker’s International with See-I in Washington, DC.

Massive Sound International – Playing ROTR since the 1980s, Massive Sound Int’l consists of DJ’s Robert Rankin & Spliff Skankin who have been spinning reggae music in the Bay Area (on KKUP, KFJC and KPFA), in the clubs and at festivals for almost 30 years.

DJ Galen Davis – A DJ, producer and drummer from Southern Humboldt County, Galen has crafted tracks for artists such as J Boog, Demarco, M1 of Dead Prez, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Ishi Dube, Winstrong, and many more. He has rocked countless shows and parties from the West Coast to Colorado, Hawaii, and Central America and is also part owner of SHC Records in Garberville.

Brimstone Sound – DJ Crown of Eugene, Oregon, blazes the freshest and finest in reggae and dancehall- new joints, the classics, the obscure, and the rarities.
Stay Positive Sound – Since 2002, from Chico to San Diego, Stay Positive has rocked crowds with reggae, hip-hop and electronic dance music- and as a special ROTR treat will feature vocalists Cootdog, Katherine Ramirez and Marko of the Mystic Roots Band.

Dub Cowboy – Since 1999, Dub Cowboy has been on the bill for over 1,000 local events and is currently spinning five nights a week and produces the #1 reggae radio show in Humboldt County, the Reggae Jamdown on KHSU.

Just One – Just One is a New York City grown DJ/ producer that’s been rocking shows since the early 90’s- spinning the best hip-hop and reggae parties.  Since reallocation to CA in 2000 he has gotten to produce, remix, and spin for some of the greats of our Northern Cali music community, and is now part owner of SHC Records & Studios in Garberville.
And Just Added!- DJs Rundat, Marley, Restless Rebel, Sun Dub and Green B.