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First-Ever Reggae Fest Coming To Chicago This August

 Toots & The Maytals are slated to headline the first-ever Reggae Fest Chicago at Addams Medill Park Aug. 13.
Toots & The Maytals are slated to headline the first-ever Reggae Fest Chicago at Addams Medill Park Aug. 13.
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Reggae Fest Chicago

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — A new "one day, one love" fest dedicated to Reggae lovers will be jammin' on the Near West Side this summer. 

The first-ever Reggae Fest Chicago will take over Addams/Medill Park on Aug. 13, promoters announced Monday. The iconic Toots & the Maytals and Lee “Scratch" Perry will headline the fest. 

Curated by Subterranean, the fest will feature two stages of non-stop live ska, reggaeton, roots reggae and world music and is expected to attract reggae fans from across the Midwest. 

Early bird general admission ($37.50) and VIP tickets ($75) go on sale online Friday. 

The fest's debut will coincide with the legendary Toots & the Maytals' return to Chicago — the band hasn't played in the city since 2010 and hasn't played at all since 2013, after frontman Frederick "Toots" Hibbert endured a concussion after being struck by a bottle on stage.

California band Iration, reggae legend and Bob Marley collaborator Lee "Scratch" Perry, and ska/reggae band HEPCAT are also slated to perform. 

The lineup includes: 

North Stage

• Noon-12:30 p.m.: Akasha

• 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Keith & Tex

• 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Daby Toure

• 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Budos Band

• 7:15-8:15 p.m.: Iration

• 9-10 p.m.: Toots & The Maytals

South Stage

• 12:45-1:15 p.m.: The Prizefighters

• 2:30-3:15 p.m.: Charley Organaire & The Sunshine Festival Band

• 4:30-5:15 p.m.: Derrick Morgan

• 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Hepcat

• 8:15-9 p.m.: Lee "Scratch" Perry

The event will also feature local food vendors, food trucks, and handmade Caribbean wares made by artisans. Beer and island-themed cocktails will be available for purchase. 

Reggae Fest Chicago is produced by Optimum Events LLC and Subterranean.  

A portion of the Reggae Fest Chicago proceeds will be donated to local non-profits, A Safe Haven and the ABLA Local Advisory Committee. 

Longtime fest African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, scheduled for July 1-4 at Union Park this summer, also features a number of reggae acts. 

Addams/Medill Park, located at 15th Street and South Loomis Street, will also host the electronic dance Spring Awakening music festival and three-day Ruido Fest, a Latin alt music festival, this summer. 

Lee "Scratch" Perry, a reggae legend and Bob Marley collaborator, will take the stage at the first-ever Reggae Fest Chicago in August. [Reggae Fest Chicago]

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