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The Westchester Reggae Fest Is now the JAMROCK Reggae Fest In N.Y.C. June 14, 2008

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New York, March 11, 2008 – You asked and we are delivering. The 11th Annual JAMROCK Reggaefest, dubbed “Jamming in the City”, is set to hit the Hammerstein Ballroom in full speed on Saturday, June 14th, 2008. Doors open at 6pm and showtime will be at 7:30pm.

The 11th Annual JAMROCK Reggaefest will showcase some of the most requested performers in the industry! “As usual, our events will continue to be of class and high nature,” says David “Squeeze” Annakie, Publisher of JAMROCK Magazine, Inc.

Performers will include Grammy Award winning Beenie Man, whose career spans back to 1981 with great hits like “Dancehall Queen”, “Skettel Tune” and “Memories.” It would be impossible for one to listen to Beenie Man’s songs and not be completely engulfed in his rhythm. His contribution to the music industry is immeasurable, hence why the University of The West Indies recognized his work by honoring him with the title, “The Doctor”. Also known as the “King of the Dancehall” Beenie is the embodiment of an authentic recording artist; he can sing, DJ, dance and is considered a fashion icon. He has a tremendous musical track record that speaks volume about his character and will no doubt bring something to the stage that many have never seen or heard before. Be prepared for this world class performer to entertain.

Ky-Mani Marley will be Continuing the family legacy and grace the stage of the JAMROCK Reggaefest and bring a mix of hip-hop, R&B and jazz that will keep you on your toes for his entire performance. This “Shottas” co-star will be performing his hits “Dear Dad”, “Ghetto Soldier” and “One Time”, to name a few. The remake of Eddy Grant’s “Electic Avenue” with the Fugee’s Pras has made Ky-mani even more of a success. Ky-mani’s last performance was at the annual tribute to his father, “Africa Unite”, with his brothers Damian, Stephen, and Ziggy. We look forward to seeing what surprises Ky-mani has up his sleeves for JAMROCK’s big night.

The Strong One will be there to bring some roots and softness to the concert. This prolific female vocalist has one of the best voices in present day reggae. With every beautiful melody, she is winning the hearts of people one song at a time. Etana has been able to communicate uplifting and inspirational messages to the youths of today. With hits like “Wrong address and “Roots” she will certainly light up the stage with her warm words of peace.

From the first time he stepped on stage, this young artist was destined to become a star. Since winning the Digicel ‘Rising Star’ title in 2005, Chris Martin has hit some of the biggest stages and has been dubbed the next ‘big’ thing. Being one of the official singers of Blue Cross in Jamaica, along with singing on the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage, Chris’ next big stop will indeed be the stage of Reggaefest.

Another soulful singer making his second consecutive appearance at JAMROCK’s Reggaefest is Sanchez. With his mix of reggae soul and gospel, this lovers-rock singer is truly a legend in Reggae music. He
will be performing such hits as “Wild Sanchez”, “Love Mi Lover Bad”, “If I Ever Fall In Love Again” and “Frenzy.” With over 18 years of singing and song writing experience, Sanchez has acquired quite a body of work. With that said, it will not be surprising to hear new tracks from this great singer.

Third World, the longest-lived reggae band, will also be hitting JAMROCK’s stage this evening. Third World is Jamaica’s most popular crossover act among international audiences. While this band is very well based in the authentic roots of Reggae, they usually prefer mixing the elements with R&B, funk, pop and rock. As regular visitors to the American and British music charts in the ’80s, they are loved universally. Hits by Third World do not need to be mentioned, only remembered. We look forward to having such a world acclaimed band with our other performers at the JAMROCK Reggaefest on June 14th, 2008.

Tickets start at $65 and go on sale March 14. Get your tickets in advance at ticketmaster.com or reggaefest.com or call 212-307-7171 or 1-877-320-LINK(5465).

Come greet and meet the performers at JAMROCK’s Reggae Festival Press Party!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7pm

WHERE: Negril Village, NYC
70 West 3rd Street
(between Thompson and LaGuardia)

RSVP: Roxanne Dixon at 212-571-4526, or [email protected]

Business owners interested in sponsoring this event and would like more details should contact:

Roxanne Dixon at 212-571-4526 or [email protected]

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