By Kingsley Dougan,
Heralded as the ‘best reggae soundsystem dance in the USA,’ Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk continues in 2014 on the iconic Brooklyn landmark at West 21st Street (by the historic Childs Restaurant building), on Sunday, May 25; Saturday, June 28; Sunday, July 27th; and Sunday, August 31st, 2014. The events are from 4 to 8 p.m.
Founded by WKCR-FM radio host Carter Van Pelt in 2010, the events feature New York area reggae deejays spinning vinyl on a large system provided by Chanter Sound of Brooklyn, New York. The events celebrate the Jamaican reggae soundsystem and early dancehall culture that developed in the 60s and 70s, all in a family-friendly setting.
Internationally acclaimed guest emcees and iconic reggae singers have performed at Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk, including Luciano, Willi Williams, Johnny Osbourne, Carlton Livingston, Sister Carol, and Ranking Joe. New York area emcees like Screechy Dan, Jim Nastic, Peter Ranks, Mikey Jarrett and many others have been a part of the event as well.
Past guest selectors from New York’s Jamaican community have included Downbeat the Ruler, Son’s Junior Sebastian, Sir Tommy, Tippertone, Jah Life, and Clive Chin, alongside resident selectors and dozens of area guests.
Deejay/selectors are not announced in advance so that the event promotes the music more than the various personalities involved.
This FREE event is made possible with support from VP Records – 17 North Parade and donations through Indiegogo: