Dirty River Reggae Fest at Guanabanas October 7


Julian Marley Headlines 6th Annual Dirty River Reggae Fest at Guanabanas October 7

Event presented by Roots Music, Inc. features reggae royalty, nationally-touring acts and local faves in an all-day, all-ages free show beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Jupiter, FL – September 20, 2018 – One of South Florida’s most popular roots and reggae festivals returns to Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar for a sixth straight year, this time featuring one of the genre’s most popular and recognizable names, Julian Marley. This event, sponsored by Corona Light, will also feature SOWFLOMoska Project, Artikal Sound System, Spred the Dub, and Roots Shakedown, and will be hosted by LanceO from Kulcha Shok. Free admission and all ages are welcome; Guanabanas is located at960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“We are very stoked to have Julian headline this year’s festival, which will be a treat not just for reggae fans, but fans of music in general,” says Guanabanas’ Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “I’m equally proud to showcase all the other acts in what will surely be our best line up yet.” Cahur heads up Roots Music, the Jupiter-based music management, production and promotions company that organizes the festival. He’s also the lead sound engineer at Guanabanas.

As a son of Bob Marley, Julian is well-known to fans throughout the world. A musician, singer / songwriter and producer, he’s also a humanitarian, contributing to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as youth programs in his native London. He’s been active as a solo artist or in collaboration with his Marley siblings since releasing his 1996 solo debut Lion in the Morning. Ju-Ju, best known for blending reggae with ambient psychedelia, is currently touring the U.S. with the dub / electronica masters Thievery Corporation. Additional information available here: www.julianmarley.com.

SOWFLO are South West Florida’s rock / reggae musical torchbearers. Based in Naples, FL, the band have been crisscrossing the American mid-west this summer, promoting their full-length debut Such is Life and their latest single called “If You’re Lost”. The quintet’s sound is equal parts rock, reggae, acoustic, hip-hop, dub, and surf, mixed in with good vibes and ganja. More details: www.sowflo.com.

Based in Jupiter, Moska Project specializes in Latin reggae / rock. Semi-regular performers at Guanabanas, particularly during the monthly Noche Latinaseries, the band recently released a new single called “Al Viento” (“To the Wind”). The six-piece’s sound is an amalgamation of Latin / reggae / rock artists such as  Oscar de LeonGilberto Santa RosaGipsy KingsGLoveBen HarperThe DoorsCakeFishboneFaith No More, and others. Additional info: www.moskaproject.com.

Artikal Sound System fuses American, Jamaican and Hispanic reggae cultures. They perform nationally and internationally, and have collaborated with artists from the world reggae scene including: The AbbysiniansApple Gabriel of Israel Vibration, and Biggz General, a descendant of Bob Marley. Their latest release is called “Crave You”, and the band regularly performer throughout South and West Florida. More details: www.artikalsoundsystem.com.

South Florida’s Spred the Dub are known as purveyors of “Good Time Reggae”, which essentially combines elements of soul, funk and R&B over a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae. Based in Palm Beach, they are regulars throughout the West Palm and Fort Lauderdale reggae scene. Their latest release is called Friends and Enemies, which is their third release overall. Learn more at www.spredthedub.com.

The roots / reggae / dub / indie quartet Roots Shakedown also call Palm Beach home. Listeners have been captivated by their dynamic live shows and memorable, sun-drenched hooks. The band can be seen at most major college towns and festivals throughout the Sunshine State. To find out more about the group, please visit their website: www.rootsshakedown.com.

The R3 Foundation will be on hand to raise money for a water bottle filling station initiative aimed at local schools. For more information, please visit www.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.



Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; an all-new brunch menu is available Saturdays and Sundays. Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause. Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com.

For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

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