Reggae on the Way Tacoma’s sole reggae festival returns bigger and better

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The popular music festival Reggae On The Way returns on Saturday, July 28, bringing both local and internationally-acclaimed musicians to the heart of South Tacoma Way, between 54th and 56th Streets. This year’s headliners include reggae singer J Boog, Hawaiian six-piece The Green and surf-rockers The Expendables.

“After last year’s success, we’re excited to grow and continue to fuel Tacoma’s insatiable appetite for good reggae music,” said Dan Rankin, owner of Danno Presents and creator of Reggae On The Way. The sold-out inaugural festival, held in July 2017, saw thousands of attendees dancing to buoyant island grooves across two city blocks. 

“This year, organizers are working around the clock to not only double the number of attendees, but enhance the overall festival experience,” said Rankin.

Festivalgoers this year can expect a longer day packed with more artists, a more streamlined layout to improve foot traffic and a higher number of food trucks and dining options, highlighting Tacoma’s rapidly evolving restaurant scene. The event is now also free to children age 10 and under, attending with a paying adult, creating a true family-friendly experience.

“We’re thrilled to support not only the international reggae scene, but our talented local musicians as well,” said Rankin. “After last year, it’s clear the Tacoma community cares about music and deserves a festival of this scale.”

Tickets for Reggae On The Way are available now for $55. Four-pack bundles at a discounted rate of $200 are also available. Physical tickets can be purchased at Airport Tavern, 5406 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. 

Lineup: J Boog; The Green; The Expendables; Leilani Wolfgramm; Dubtonic Kru; Jah Sun; Tatanka; Power Laces; Mighty High; Dub Lounge International; High Ceiling; P.O. Boxx.

Reggae On The Way is Tacoma’s newest summer tradition, bringing island vibes to the Pacific Northwest in the form of talented local and national performers. Created by Dan Rankin of Danno Presents in 2017, the adult-oriented yet family-friendly music festival brings thousands of attendees to South Tacoma Way, reviving the city’s old-school entertainment district.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/reggaeontheway.

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