Reggae in the Desert

With the weather cooperating June 11 for the annual Reggae in the Desert festival at the Clark County Amphitheater, it left no doubt as to why the event is thriving in its 10th year. Once again, the lineup had veteran performers topping the bill, with headliner Freddie McGregor, Mykal Rose, Don Carlos and Junior Reid all bringing strong credentials dating back more than three decades. And with that level of professionalism onstage, the estimated 3,000 in attendance were guaranteed a good time. Carlos, an original member of legendary reggae group Black Uhuru, delivered the day’s most energizing set, shaking hands with nearly every fan surrounding the front of the stage as he delivered messages of peace, love and unity. Although the occasional scent of marijuana drifted through the audience—it is a reggae festival, after all—there might not have been a more family-friendly event in Las Vegas that weekend. Children and adults alike frolicked in the grass, swaying to the island rhythms as the heat of the day gave way to a delightful evening. There is talk about making Reggae in the Desert a two-day festival. That is an idea that should be welcomed like a cold Red Stripe on a hot, summer day.

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