Waterfront Concerts and the Machias Savings Bank concert series announced on Monday the second concert planned for the Maine State Pier on Portland’s waterfront: the inaugural Portland Reggae Fest, an all-day affair set for Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday, May 9, via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000, and are priced at $40 per person. It is a family-friendly concert, and will also feature a number of food and gift vendors.
Headlining the festival will be reggae legend Freddie McGregor, who got his start as a child singer in Jamaica in the 1960s, before staging a comeback as a reggae artist in the 1980s, starting with his 1979 album “Bobby Bobylon,” and continuing through the 2000s, with his Grammy-nominated 2002 album “Anything For You.”
Also set for the festival are New England reggae mainstays John Brown’s Body, longtime reggae favorite Mighty Mystic, New York reggae fusion band New Kingston, Jamaican reggae singer Etana, and Boston reggae band Soul Rebel Project.
Portland Reggae Fest joins one other announced Waterfront Concert at the Maine State Pier; modern rock band Three Doors Down will do an acoustic showcase on Aug. 3.