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3rd Annual Lower Keys Reggae Fest

Have a Rum Punch in paradise and Join at the 3rd Annual Reggae Fest on Sugarloaf Key (Mile Marker 17 Gulfside) from Noon to 6pm, Saturday, April 2nd. Grammy-nominated Reggae legend Pato Banton is headlining the show with performances from Grammy Winner Calton Coffie from Inner Circle (“Bad Boys” from Cops), Bongo D, and Marijah. will be recording the full show for later broadcast.

Sugarloaf Key is the perfect tropical island setting for an unforgettable Reggae show. Vendors are creating tasty festival food with Island Spice and hand-made crafts for their booths. The bar is already stocked with plenty of Margarita Mix, Jamaican Rum Punch, and the essential ingredients to make the perfect Bahama Mama. The music will play on until the sun sets over the glistening waters of the Bay and the party will continue all night at the Sugarloaf Tiki Bar (

Buy tickets on-line at for $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. No coolers, back packs, picnic baskets, or pets.

Keep checking for the rebroadcast schedule of the show and keep on listening to

Thanks to all Major Festival Sponsors: Royal Plus, Strike Zone Charters,, The News Barometer, AT&T, The Real Yellow Pages, Pepsi Refreshment Services, Waste Management of The Florida Keys, Centennial Bank, Deco Drive- Fox 7 Miami, AP Design, Jubilee Sound Reinforcement, The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Tourist Development Council, and supplies the sounds of Key West and Pato Banton is an important ingredient of that musical island mix. You can hear “Absolute Perfection”, “Bubbling Hot”, “Don’t Sniff Coke”, “Roots, Rock, Reggae”, and Pato’s version of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” with Musical Youth at any given island time. Go to the “Contact Us” page if you have any comments or suggestions on music you like or would like to hear more of. If you go to you’ll find many interesting facts. Born in London and moved to Birmingham at age 8, Pato (born Patrick Murray) got his nickname from his stepfather, who called him “Patoo”- the sound an owl makes late at night- as young Patrick would serve as look out at late night house parties his father emceed. As soon as the authorities were spotted Patrick became “Pato” (or Patoo). Today Pato’s goal is to spread truth, beauty and goodness through his music. His on-stage dialogue with his audience connects current events and spirituality in messages of positivity and contagious rhythm that you’ll see on-stage April 2nd and hear on-line at

Calton Coffie is also an intricate part of the music on You’ll hear “Bad Boys”, “Rock The Boat”, “Sweat”, and “Tenement Yard” with Jacob Miller on our virtual air. Calton, the former lead singer of “Inner Circle” is best known for lead vocals on the hit song “Bad Boys”from the Fox TV show Cops and songs featured in movies Beverly Hills Cop3, Minority Report, and Bad Boys.  Born in London and raised in Kingston, Jamaica,  Calton has multiple platinum and gold albums, grammy nominations, and was awarded best Reggae Album grammy with Inner Circle for Bad Boys. He also won the New York Reggae Festival song competition for “World Festivity”. Calton is looking forward to building on his “Inner Circle” success with his solo performance on Sugarloaf Key and

A festival favorite, Marijah, “The High Priestess of Percussion”, spent time living in Jamaica soaking up island influences and enhancing her repertoire of Reggae, R&B, Jazz and African-Cuban music. Marijah now lives in Lake Worth, Florida and has multiple albums out including “Supreme Love”, “Spirit of a Woman”, and “Mystic Angel”. Marijah will keep the crowd buzzing Saturday at Mile Marker 17 here in the keys and world-wide at

Bongo D doesn’t have to travel far from his home base in Key West up the road to the festival in Sugarloaf. Bongo D at the Hyatt is an Island Music Sunset Show featuring steel drum, percussion and other Carribean instrument-focused music. Catch Bongo D blown’ the Conch Shell at sunset and on stage at The Lower Keys 3rd Annual Reggae Fest on

We’ll see you at the 3rd Annual Reggae Fest on Sugarloaf Key, Saturday April 2nd starting at Noon.

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