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Portland Jerk Festival hosts Rodney Price

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Bounty Killer
Dancehall duo Voicemail.
Kevin Downswell
Devin Di Dakta

Dancehall icon Bounty Killer will perform as Rodney Price on a strong line-up for the 15th staging of the Portland Jerk Festival on Sunday, July 5.

The festival, slated for the Heritage Site at Folly Grounds in Port Antonio, will also feature Voicemail, Ikaya, veteran reggae band Mystic Revealers, Leroy Sibbles, and Louie Culture. Kevin Downswell and Bryan Art are also slated to perform, and patrons will be treated to performances from Jamaica Cultural Development Commission award winning acts and 2015 Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall contest winner, Devin Di Dakta.

Price is expected to deliver a quality show with hits from a catalogue spanning over two decades. The veteran deejay can call upon classics such as Fed Up, Roots, Reality & Culture and Down in a the Ghetto as well as modern club rockers such as Support fi Support, Mi Alright and Hot Feet.

The Portland Jerk Festival has become renowned for its entertainment package, which complements the food offerings to be had at the event. Festival organiser Kasey Bourne is upbeat about the entertainment package and is looking forward to a clean showcase.

perfect fit

"I am really pleased with the line-up we have been able to put together. I think Rodney Price is a perfect fit to headline the Portland Jerk Festival. His music can be appreciated across several generations, as parents, young adults and teenagers can all relate. We have also managed to secure the likes of Voicemail, Ikaya, Louie Culture and Kevin Downswell, so we should have a dynamic mixture of quality performances," explained Bourne.

Voicemail is sure to keep the energy pumping with a range of hits such as Party Hard and Let's Dance, while their latest hit Shampoo is sure to put the exclamation mark on clean entertainment. The powerful voice of Ikaya will also be on show at the festival and the rangy vocalist will look to soothe and rile the crowd all at once with her hits Ugly Girl, Hard Way, Bang Bang and Lenient Wifey.

vintage reggae stylings

The festival's entertainment package will also provide vintage reggae stylings with the inclusion of the Mystic Revealers. The reggae band possesses a number of hits going back to the 1970s. The Mystic Revealers can be expected to draw from hits such as Conquering Lion, Judgement Day, Young Revolutionaries and Got to Be a Better Way.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at Barbican Texaco, and Mary Brown's Corner Texaco in Kingston, Braham's Texaco (Port Antonio), Fontana Pharmacy (Ocho Rios and Mandeville), Fairview Texaco (Montego Bay), and Young's Pharmacy (May Pen).