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Alright, alright — in years past we’ve been not-so-kind to the annual Caribbean Festival, known in years past as the Bob Marley Fest. But can you blame us? With previous lineups blending thuggish hip-hop elements and random pop music wonders, some local fans grew skeptical. We’re happy to report that in its 16th year, the festival has returned to its roots. Dismiss your fears, and emancipate yourself from mental slavery. This year’s lineup will surely result in clouds of joy floating over beautiful Bayfront Park. And guess what? Our favorite local reggae DJ, Lance-O, will be hosting the event!

“Everybody on this year’s lineup is amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the performances, even the headliners. This is the festival’s 16th year, and it’s a tribute to Mother B — Cedella Marley Booker — who passed away last year,” Lance-O explained. Many of the artists in the lineup are in the bloodline — Stephen, Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani Marley will all perform, and fleshing out the all-star progeny will be Jamaican superstars Buju Banton, Capleton, and Sizzla, Bermuda’s own Collie Buddz, and Miami-based roots rock reggae band Jahfe.

Bayfront Park sits at 301 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Tickets cost $36. Call 305-740-7344, or visit
Sat., Feb. 28, 2009

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