The biggest problem with being a poor schmuck is, well, you're a poor schmuck who just can't seem to scrounge up enough money to buy what it takes to make you truly happy for once and for all — you know, like a 75-foot yacht, a mansion in the mountains, a staff of illegal immigrants to take care of all of your household chores, and your own personal Gringotts. Fortunately, you can find good vibes for cheap, at least around these parts. Like Charleston County Park and Recreation's annual Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series.
"It's an atmosphere the whole family can enjoy," says CCPRC special events coordinator Melissa Bernhardt. "We started doing these shows about 15 years ago at Wannamaker Park, and then we got a huge following so we had to move it over to James Island. We usually get around 2,000 people for each show, but this year we're trying to break some records."
Gates open at 8 p.m. and the music goes from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. "We'll have food, alcohol, vendors, and some really good music," Bernhardt says. Adult admission is $8, and children 12 and under get in for free.
June 30, Da'Gullah Rootz
Da'Gullah Rootz is a Charleston-based reggae band that integrates Gullah and Geechee-style lyrics with classic reggae rhythms. Their influences and melodies are as diverse as the culture they represent, but one thing is for sure: These guys were born and bred in the Lowcountry.
July 21, Mystic Vibrations
Mystic Vibrations originated in Little London, Westmoreland, Jamaica and they made their U.S. debut in 1992. They have recorded two studio albums (People Get Ready and Busy Street) and one live album (Live in Finlay Park). In 2003, they started the record label Mystik Muzik to bring the music of Mystic Vibrations and other similar artists to the public. Mystic Vibrations is working on a fourth album, Stop Dis War, which will be released in the near future.
Aug. 18, ReggaeInfinity
Based out of Columbia, S.C., ReggaeInfinity has been spreading the word of equality, brotherhood, and universal love all over the world. Featuring band members hailing from the U.S. and various Caribbean islands, the group is led by singer-songwriter Ras B, whose original songs will keep the positive vibes in the air. ReggaeInfinity has shared the stage with The Meditations, The Wailers, and SOJA.