World-class reggae bands hailing from as far away as Ethiopia and St. John, Virgin Islands - and as close as Dallas, Houston and Austin - will perform at the 9th Annual Austin Bob Marley Festival. Thousands will gather in the heart of Austin on beautiful Auditorium Shores on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2002 to enjoy this family-oriented event of Rastafarian rhythms while benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. A children’s play area will be available, along with exotic Caribbean foods and vendors selling a variety of third world crafts. The Austin Bob Marley Festival begins at noon each day and goes until 10:00 pm.

The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. (CAFB) is a non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse by receiving and storing truckloads of donated food and other grocery products. CAFB distributes the food and grocery products in manageable quantities to human and social service agencies that help people in need. More than 340 partner agencies in 21 Central Texas counties work with the Capital Area Food Bank. CAFB member agencies include soup kitchens, church pantries, family crisis shelters, hospices, residential treatment programs, daycare centers and senior programs. Member agency clients include low-wage-earning families, children, the terminally ill, elderly housebound people and others in need.

Last year's festival drew thousands of reggae-fans, resulting in over 34,000 pounds of donated food and thousands of dollars in donations and festival proceeds. The CAFB translated these food and cash donations to distribute more than 310,000 meals to our hungry neighbors. "Hundreds of thousands of families in Central Texas are able to put food on their plates because of the generosity of all the people who attend the Austin Bob Marley Festival each year," said Dan Pruett, CAFB deputy director. "We are confident the community will respond again this year to help their neighbors in need."

This year’s musical line-up features some of the best in today's reggae talent. International and national reggae superstars include the Virgin Islands' favorite trio Inner Visions, internationally renowned Ethiopian songstress Chachi Tadesse, and San Francisco's Jethro Jeremiah Band, recent winners of the talent contest. Joining them are Chicago-based reggae veterans Gizzae, along with the original roots reggae of Kansas City’s Elisha Israel and AZ-ONE. Popular mainstays of the Texas scene will include acts such as Dallas veterans Watusi, Houston-based D.R.U.M. and Carlton Pride & Zion from San Marcos. Austin-based Malcolm “Papa Mali” Wellborne (the Killer Bees) fronts his premiere reggae group Texodus.

Due to recent construction, on-site parking is extremely limited at Auditorium Shores. The best option is using the free remote parking and free shuttle from the Austin Music Hall parking lot at 4th and San Antonio. We welcome blankets, lawn chairs, Frisbees and drums. An ATM will be on-site for those “must-have” purchases of good eats and arts & crafts. All well-mannered four-legged friends must be leashed at all times. Don’t forget plenty of sunscreen.

Admission is $5.00 plus a donation of two canned or packaged non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. There is no admission charge for children under 12 years of age.

For up-to-date festival information, weather updates, band links, line-up and/or schedule changes and festival maps, visit the Austin Bob Marley Festival website. Questions about the festival? Contact the festival producers via email.

Musical Line-up*

Sat April 20   Sun April 21
Sambaxe 12:00 Los Locos
Chachi 1:15 Majestiks
Gizzae 2:30 AZ-ONE
Urban Roots 4:00 Inner Visions
Watusi 5:30 Jethro Jeremiah Band
AZ-ONE 7:00 Carlton Pride & Zion
D.R.U.M. 8:30 Texodus
*All acts and times subject to change without notice.

Band Bios (listed alphabetically)

AZ-ONE (Kansas City, MO) Elisha Israel and AZ-ONE specialize in original, socially conscious roots reggae. Formed in 1988 by singer/songwriter/bass player Elisha Israel, AZ-ONE have performed at countless reggae and college festivals, sharing stages with superstars such as The Itals, Andrew Tosh, The Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Yellow Man, Black Uhuru, and Burning Spear. Nominated "Best Reggae/World Beat Band" by Mars Music and Pitch Weekly. (Saturday, 7pm/Sunday, 2:30 pm)

Chachi (Atlanta, GA / Ethiopia) The soft exquisite voice of Chachi Tadesse has been singing reggae in Amharic and contemporary Ethiopian music for over a decade touring extensively internationally and performing in all the major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. Touring the horn region of Africa, she played shows in neighboring Aboudabi, Dubai, Kenya, Oman, Nigeria and South Africa. In the past three years, two European tours have taken her to England, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland and Sweden. (Saturday, 1:15 pm)

D.R.U.M. (Houston, TX) Premiere award-winning World Rhythm, African Rhythm and Reggae band based in Houston, Texas. D.R.U.M. has appeared in concerts from Pori, Finland to Tartu, Estonia and has toured the U.S. with the Bob Marley Festival annual tour since 1993. An intoxicating combination of continental African and African Diasporic rhythms with a healthy dose of jazz, funk, R&B and Latin influences. (Saturday, 8:30 pm)

Gizzae (Chicago, IL) Gizzae (pronounced Gee-Zay) originally hails from the Caribbean island of Dominica and the ancient and Holy Lands of Ethiopia. Formed in 1992 after the breakup of Dallol (Ziggy Marley's touring band) and Moja Nya (New York), collectively the band has over 100 years experience playing with such acts as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Ziggy Marley, Carly Simon, The Talking Heads, Rita Marley, and many others. Combining traditional Jamaican roots reggae with the exotic beats and rhythmic sounds of soca, Creole, calypso, cumpas, jazz, rock and blues. (Saturday, 2:30 pm)

Inner Visions (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands) St. John, a quaint little island in the Northeastern Caribbean, is home to the Virgin Islands’ best-kept secret Inner Visions. In existence for over 20 years this reggae trio have played many Caribbean and international festivals and events in St. Thomas, St. Croix and Puerto Rico, Cancun, Mexico and the U.S.A. (Sunday, 4:00 pm)

Jethro Jeremiah Band (San Francisco, CA) The Jethro Jeremiah Band (JJB) formed in 1998 by award winning singer/songwriter Jethro Jeremiah. Recently one of his songs, "Confrontation" was used as the opening track for a BBC documentary about the Burning Man Festival. JJB recently won the talent contest, an online showcase for the music industry and music fans. While reggae remains the main influence, Jeremiah's original songs have a rootsy crossover appeal with soulful influences, rock-inflected folk music and old school London ska. (Sunday, 5:30 pm)

Los Locos (Austin, TX) Long time Austin favorites, this Tex-Mex quartet brings a rousing Latin salsa beat to the event. (Sunday, 12:00 pm)

Majestiks (Round Rock, TX) Reggae and Caribbean dance music mixing reggae, calypso, soca, salsa, jazz and ska to create a hot n' spicy blend of music guaranteed to keep you jumping. (Sunday, 1:15 pm)

Sambaxé (Austin, TX) Rhythmic, energetic Brazilian music best describes local favorite Sambaxé (pronounced som-ba-shay), which combines the samba of Brazil and axŽ (an African word in the Yoruba language meaning spirit, life, energy and good luck) from the African roots that infuse the Bahia in northeastern Brazil. (Saturday, 12:00 pm)

Texodus (Austin, TX) Texodus is an Austin All-Star Reggae band put together by Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne, of the incredible Funk/Soul/Rock band Papa Mali and the Instagators. Welbourne is also a founding member of internationally acclaimed reggae band The Killer Bees. At last year's Austin Bob Marley Festival, Texodus played Bob Marley and the Wailer's "Exodus" album live. (Sunday, 8:30 pm)

Urban Roots (Austin, TX) Urban Roots have been a funkin', groovin' mainstay of the Austin reggae scene for years. (Saturday, 4:00 pm)

Watusi (Dallas, TX) Reggae and world beat music. Watusi’s members are an example of international unity coming from the Caribbean, Africa and U.S. Incorporating skankin' horns and steel drums, Watusi has an 18-year history of performing internationally with styles ranging from reggae to dancehall with soca, zouk, African and Hawaiian influences. Their latest CD "Cool Runner" is currently released in 85 countries. (Saturday, 5:30 pm)

Carlton Pride & Zion (San Marcos, TX) Son of country hall-of-famer Charley Pride, Carlton moved from Dallas to San Marcos to start a band and a new path in life. Six years later, the band is still going strong. Four phenomenal musicians, who combine the flavors of traditional World Beat and old school rock and roll, with a dash of funk and a sprinkling of blues, join Carlton as Zion. (Sunday, 7:00 pm)

DJ-RJ (Austin, TX) DJ-RJ makes sure the reggae music never stops between acts at the Austin Bob Marley Festival. He’s had lots of practice over the past 14 years as the host of his own successful radio show, Reggae Evolution, on local community radio KAZI 88.7 FM. To promote Texas Reggae RJ maintains the Texas Reggae website and e-mail list.

Band Publicity, Reviews or Interviews
Sharon Jones, publicist
Feedback Media

Food Drive & Media Inquires
Kristie T. Gibson, events coordinator
Capital Area Food Bank
8201 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78745
512.282.2111, ext. 111

Festival Production
Troy Baker, event coordinator

[Published on: 4/16/02]

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