The Flavor of the Islands at the Louisville Water Tower Park

The sound of steel drums and the savory smell of Caribbean-inspired foods make this the premiere Memorial Day event for those longing for summer. Flavorful dishes from the Jamaican Association of Louisville, Caribbean Market featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more. All surrounded by the contagious and soul-satisfying sounds of live, authentic reggae music. You’ll find it all at the Kentucky Reggae Festival.

Bands and Schedule

For over twenty years the Kentucky Reggae Festival has fulfilled patron desires for Jamaican culture with authentic Roots Reggae rhythms. This year’s line-up will feature a multitude of contagious soul-satisfying musicians. You can expect to hear covers of the late and greats such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, as well as original tunes.

Roots of a Rebellion

Roots of a Rebellion is a regional touring reggae/dub act from Nashville, TN. They are a bolster of heavy rock with influences from the Jamaican coast lines and Southeastern U.S.

5:30pm - 8:30pm

The Cliftones

The Cliftones are an original reggae band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their unique blend of roots and dance hall rhythms in combination with their 10 member band makes for an impressive sound.

9:00pm - 11:30pm

Positive Mental Attitude

Louisville’s own powerhouse reggae band, PMA is a lively blend of roots, lovers rock, dancehall and modern reggae. Their message of positivity is garnering attention near and far!

3pm – 5:00pm

** Pati KeLe Drum Ensemble and Dancer

Pati Kele (pronounced Pah-TEA Kay-LAY) brings traditional West African music and dance to life with djembe rhythms, African songs and West African masked dancers.

5pm - 5:30pm


DiMachine consists of front man Big Bunn, former members of the award winning bands, INDIKA, Dub Dis and Rude Beat and the award winning vocalist Devon Brown.

5:30pm - 8:30pm

** Pati KeLe Drum Ensemble and Dancer

Pati Kele (pronounced Pah-TEA Kay-LAY) brings traditional West African music and dance to life with djembe rhythms, African songs and West African masked dancers.

8:30pm - 9pm

Lazo & Gizzae

Former member of the Wailers. Honored with awards from industry peers, Lazo was chosen as the Top Reggae Performer of the Year from the internationally recognized Canadian Reggae Music Award.

9pm – 11:30pm

Dem Reggae Bon

A local, Louisville favorite, Dem Reggae Bon has been around since the inception of the Kentucky Reggae Festival, over 20 years ago!

3pm – 5:00pm


Uprizin, is led by virtuoso Trinidadian-born, steel drummer, Lyndon Sorzano. This roots reggae artist began playing the steel drums at the age of 8!

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Chicago All-Stars

This indika reggae band brings strong and addictive music to their fans at each and every show. They have won several Chicago Music Awards.

9pm – 11:30pm

2015 Reggae Festival Tickets

Special Deal: Online Only

3 day ticket


1 day ticket

Warning Sign No food, drink or pets allowed.
Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
FREE parking at the event.


To maintain a safe and fun festival, the following items are prohibited from the event:

  • Weapons / firearms
  • Flammables
  • Backpacks / duffle bags
  • Drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • Outside food / drink
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers
  • Pets (service animals are an exception)
  • Scooters / skateboards / motorized vehicles
  • Amplified sound
  • Tents
  • Vending / soliciting (unless previously approved by event promoter)

Note: All prohibited items are subject to confiscation by event promoter and/or staff

  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome!
  • Digital cameras and cell phones are encouraged… snap some photos and upload to social media using #KYReggaeFest15
  • There will be on-site parking
  • Handicapped parking will be available
  • Friday, May 22, 5pm - 11pm
  • Saturday, May 23, 2pm - 11:30pm
  • Sunday, May 24, 2pm - 11:30pm
  • Note: time is subject to change
  • Credit cards are not currently accepted, however on-site ATMs are available
  • You may also buy a 3-day pass with a credit card online, prior to the event
  • There will be a lost and found
  • Please contact event staff to locate any lost items
  • Camping will not be allowed at the event
  • Hotels and camp grounds are located nearby
  • Re-entry is generally not allowed (please see event staff for exceptions)

The event promoter (Bisig Impact Group), event staff, Louisville Water Company, City of Louisville, sponsors, or contracted vendors are not held liable for injury, loss, property damage, inclement weather or natural disasters on event premises.

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Jennifer Washle

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