3rd Annual Virginia Reggae Freedom Fest at Plaza Antigua, Waynesboro, VA. This is a family friendly event. Bring your lawn chairs, and blankets. All ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be food and craft vendors. No outside food or drinks allowed. No pets allowed. No weapons allowed.
Koolant joined the Wailers soon after his cameo appearance in the film Made In Jamaica. A solo track, Rat Race, was getting regular airplay and things were looking up for this young Rasta artist from St. Thomas, who’d already performed at East Fest and several other major stage shows in Jamaica.
Shayar is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Shayar has played guitar for Burning Spear, Anthony B, the Itals, and Gregory Isaacs. He's played studio sessions with the Mighty Diamonds, Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles and many others. Shayar has recorded five albums, and singles, including "Get Up & Try", "Human Spirit", and "Lion Share".
Led by the talented drummer Drummie Zeb, Rasta Country emerges as an exhilarating reggae band that pushes the boundaries of musical expression. Driven by Drummie Zeb's collaboration with Aston "Family Man" Barrett of Bob Marley and The Wailers, Rasta Country combines reggae and country in a genre-defying fusion, captivating audiences with their dynamic performances and unique sound.
Joe Bailey is an R&B and Reggae singer, songwriter, and expert percussionist. He is best known as one of the lead singers of the Razor Posse. He has also recorded several solo albums and singles.
Davina Jackson is an internationally traveled singer and songwriter. She is best known as one of the lead singers of the Razor Posse, as well as backing vocalist of the Wailers and the Itals. She has also recorded several singles.
Iron Lion is a Chicago born R&B, Hip-Hop, and by nature a Roots Reggae singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as one of the original lead singers of Stable Roots. He is also a community event organizer and thought leader. He currently leads the Knotty Lions. He has recorded several solo albums and singles, including "To See Zion", "Whoa to Babylon", and "Ganja is the Healing of the Nation".
Greg Ward is a Long Island, NY born, NJ raised, and VA cultured reggae singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as one of the original guitarists of Stable Roots, guitarist of the Itals, a solo artist, and one of the lead singers, guitarist, and founding members of the Dubsettors. He has also recorded several solo albums and singles, including "Check the Root", "Coming From the Top", and "Who Stole the Gold?".
Righteous is an American born reggae and soul singer, songwriter, and musician. As the son of the late, legendary soul and blues singer, Chris Woodson Sr, Righteous has taken the message and passion of his father to new heights. He is best known as one of the lead singers of the The Righteous Friendz Band. He has also recorded several solo albums and singles, including "Diamonds in the Blunt".
Founded by keyboardist Chris Whitley aka "Peanut", Iron Lion, and guitarist "D-Irie" in the late 90's, Stable Roots was to be one of the most influential reggae bands on the east coast. Greg Ward joined in 1998 and the band began touring with Iron Lion as lead vocalist. Over the next 20 years, Stable Roots has backed many of the most influential reggae artists in the world, including The Itals, Andrew Tosh, Kenyatta Hill, Frankie Paul, and many more. They have recorded several singles, including "Whoa to Babylon" w/Iron Lion and "Who Stole the Gold" w/Greg Ward.
The Dubsettors are a roots reggae band based out of the Shenandoah Valley, VA area. Founded by Greg Ward and drummer Brent Finlen, The Dubsettors are an offspring of the Stable Roots family of musicians. They are best known for their live shows and studio sessions. They have recorded several singles, including "Live Right" w/Greg Ward and "Come on Baby" w/Iron Lion.
Plaza Antigua is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Waynesboro, VA. They are a proud sponsor of the 2023 Va Reggae Freedom Festival. They are located at 23 Windigrove Dr, Waynesboro, VA 22980. They have been serving the Waynesboro community for over a decade. They are open 7 days a week. They can be reached at 540-949-4205.