Ya Maka My Weekend is this Saturday!

If you love the relaxed feeling of island living, but can’t take the humidity, you’re in luck! The District of Rock Island will be hosting their annual reggae and steel drum music festival on Saturday, September 14th! In addition to live performances, guests can enjoy a tropical marketplace with Caribbean goods, savory grilled cuisine, and even and a 220’ zipline!

If you’re in the mood to travel, but don’t have the time or money to hop on a plane, you can still go on an "island adventure" in Downtown Rock Island at one of the longest running festivals in the Quad Cities.  Since 1992

Music Line-Up:

Jumbies, Baby J & Golden Street Band, Drea & Zion Iyahbinghi, Universal Expression, and the return of Indika!

The Details:

Saturday, August 14th (gates open at 4pm)
Admission $10 (Kids 12 & under get in FREE)
No coolers allowed
Personal lawn chairs are welcomed

Coconut Cove with live music located inside the Caribbean Food Court
-220’ zipline through the concrete jungle. (5PM – 9PM)
Stay tuned for more information at www.daiquirifactory.com and www.downtownrockisland.org.

Ya Maka My MUSIC

Music and dance have played a large role in Caribbean culture for centuries. The genre of music called reggae began with Jamaican immigrants and their influence on mainstream pop culture. In fact, Bob Marley is known as one of reggae’s greatest ambassadors to mainstream America. Reggae mixes elements from several genres, including dancehall, ska, calypso and jazz. And steel drums are an integral part of island music; they’re made by hammering steel onto oil barrels—creating beautiful tones when struck—and have been used in Caribbean music since at least 1917!

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