Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2017

It was another great year at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival opening up this years festivities on Friday Night was Exco Levi 
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After Exco Levi it was a quick run over to the Village stage for I-Taweh who put on a great set. His band was fantastic. It included Veteran Guitar player Tuff LIon and Devon Bradshaw on bass and Rochelle Bradshaw was on Backing vocals 
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After I-Taweh's set it was another quick run back to the Big Valley stage for Chronixx. His set got off to a little rocky start because of some sound issues but after they got those settled his set was very good
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Gentleman was the headliner Friday night on the Valley Stage but DJ legend Ranking Joe was on at the same time as Gentleman and I chose to take in Joe's set. It was such a throw back vibe with the band just laying out classic riddim after classic riddim and Ranking Joe brining the Lyrical Fire
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After Ranking Joe it was time to head over to the Dancehall Barn for Paolo Baldini dubfiles and his live dub mixing with the Mellow Mood Crew supporting on vocals
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Saturday started early with a set on the Village stage from Marla Brown. She is the daughter of Dennis Brown and her happy and bubbly personality was one of the highlights of the festival. She had smiles for all backstage all weekend long
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I-Taweh performed again on Saturday on The Valley stage and following him was none other than The Dub Master Dennis Bovell who not only performed but ran his own tracks at the same time. He was Smooth!
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Up next it was time for Christopher Ellis. He did a pure rocksteady set mixing in his music along with his Fathers.
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After Christopher Ellis it was time for one of the most entertaining performers I have seen in a long time, Macka B. He is a Rhyming machine Promoting a healthy and positive lifestyle while holding Rastafari near and dear 
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Never Played a 45:
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The Fire never stopped Saturday as up next it was Anthony B. His set was so full of energy and one love vibes. It was a perfect way to bring in Saturday night
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Following Anthony B was Tarrus Riley & Black Soil. After what happened between these two at this years Rebel Salute I went backstage to feel the vibes but I am happy to report that both performers were true professionals this time around 
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I had to leave Tarrus's set halfway through because coming up on the Village stage was Keith & Tex. They put on another outstanding performance at what was their 3rd SNWMF appearance. They mixed in their Rocksteady classics with new material from their new album Same Old Story. CDs flew off the merch table and Keith & tex came out after their performance to sign the albums for their fans
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Capleton on the Valley stage and Sub Atomic Sound with Lee Scratch Perry in the Dancehall rounded out a very memorable Saturday.
Sunday started off with The NST and the Soul Sauce straight from South Korea. The temperature on Sunday hit 100 degrees but that did not stop Gappy Ranks who was very fired up and had quite an edge to him for it being such a hot day 
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He also brought out special guests like Christopher Ellis Leaf of Life and Rocker T who was also in his band 
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After Gappy it was time for The Black Seeds from New Zealand. Unfortunately for these guys  their set was at the hottest time of the day and most people headed for somewhere to cool off. Their set was strong none the less 
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Prezident Brown Performed next who was a last minute replacement for Horace Andy. The Prez always puts on a solid performance 
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As Sunday was finally cooling down It was time for Third World. Theu put on their usual professional set but this time for me it seemed a little more roots based playing Jah Glory, Satta Massagana and a very fitting for the hot day 96 degrees in the Shade
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After three days of Reggae skanking in Boonville it was time for Barrington Levy to shut down this years festival. Barrington Levy's voice is in fine form and ripped through a bunch of his classics and also his new song GSOAT. He finished his set with an audience participation segment to send the people off wanting more
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Year after year SNWMF seems to never disappoint and in such a beautiful setting as Northern California where the Vibes are perfect for a reggae festival it makes the perfect get away not only for music but for a great vacation. 
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