Kent to host Reggae festival Friday

Downtown Kent is set to host Kent’s reggae, Island and Jam Band Music Festival this Friday at various locations in the area.

Hosted by Main Street Kent and Crooked River Arts Council, 15 participating locations, including Ray’s Place, The Loft, Secret Cellar and the Water Street Tavern will host performances beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m.  Admissions to these performances are free of charge.

This year’s lineup includes internationally acclaimed reggae artist Carlos Jones; Gypsies in the Palace, a Jimmy Buffett cover band; and Steelin’ Hearts Pan Duo, a steel drum band, and more.

Derek Rudy, publicist for Main Street Kent, said the event is for all ages and is not just reggae music.

“It’s a great way to take a break from the cold weather and warm up to some island tunes,” Rudy said.

Bailey Purpura is the downtown reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]