There’s a new Reggae festival in town and its going down at Camp Pollock, Sacramento. In their 2011 kick-off festival, the producers of Reggae in the Hills in Calaveras County met with such immediate success that the name has already become a buzz word in Reggae communities in California and far beyond. They now bring that level of expertise to Sacramento with Fyah on the Water.
On April 18 and 19, 2015, the gates will open to thousands of reggae and hip hop fans who anticipate a RITH level of production. Since RITH is presenting this new Fyah on the Water festival, attendees will expect quality music, top caliber sound, lighting, staging and everything else that goes into and comes out of professional music festival production. The challenge is on and fans are already hyped up in anticipation.
The lineup that has people talking includes both local and international stars with big names in Reggae “such as Tribal Seeds who just clinched a spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Albums of 2014,” Marlon Asher “whose hits have raked in more than 15 million downloads across the world,” long time hip hop underground legends Kottonmouth Kings, the Humboldt based hip hop duo Potluck, and the much respected ’90s bay area rap group RBL Posse making a surprise comeback at FOTW. The lineup also includes Sacramento’s own Arden Park Roots, ZuhG, Element of Soul, Massive Delicious, DJ Wokstar and Squarefield Massive, Chico based pop reggae band Mystic Roots, dance hall reggae band Indubious, Junior Toots (son of Grammy award winning Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals) and Modesto based dance band A’La Lune.
According to RITH producer Scott Durst, “Fyah on the Water will stick to the roots of what RITH is all about” but he addresses the differences between the two festivals stating, “we’re definitely mixing it up; Sac is big on rap and hip hop and I wanted to diversify our market and make this fest something that all people would enjoy. We plan on mixing it up with all genres in the future, not just reggae and rap but all music in general.” The founders/producers Scott and Jay are “all about music but reggae really sets the vibe” for them. Scott explains that “Reggae in the Hills is mainly about the roots but we can’t ignore this amazing transformation of reggae music that’s happening right now. History is being made and we’re stoked to see it all go down.”
Some of the other differences between RITH and the new FOTW are that Fyah on the Water is being held in a large populated city at Camp Pollock located at 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento, CA where there are more hotel accommodations. Durst says the “lineup is different because it is multi-genre and the stage will be super epic due to our sponsor A Cosmic Carnivale.” He also notes the new Prop 215 (SB 420) area that they haven’t done before. This area will be a designated medical marijuana/cannabis patient use area within the festival grounds that has been sanctioned by City, County and State officials. This is a rare occurrence for Sacramento and an achievement for which they thank everyone in the government agencies who worked with them to help to make it possible.
Fyah on the Water will also feature an amazing outdoor venue, camping, on the river location, vendors, eclectic foods, live art, bonfires, tribal drum circles, performance art, a beer garden and more. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m., music starting at 10:00 a.m. and close at midnight. You can find ticket and other informaiton at the official RITH website and the Fyah on the Water facebook event page. Some important details to note when planning to attend follow.
- No outside alcohol, or food allowed through gates. Campers will be allowed some provisions.
- Personal cooler ok with water and snack for day pass holders with children.
- Kids 12 and under are FREE with paid adults.
- Fires in designated areas only.!
- Please leave your area the way you found it; this venue is a nature reserve.
- You swim at your own risk. No lifeguards on duty. Children are not allowed near river without parent.
- No dogs allowed anywhere on the premises.
- Many hotels nearby, search Google for closest places to stay.
- Onsite Parking is $5 per day, Campers get free parking… Please carpool or use public transportation; onsite parking is somewhat limited.