Third Annual Reggae in the Park

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Two years ago, the Mann Center ushered in a brand new, two-stage festival celebrating the feel-good power of reggae music with headlining performances by genre legends Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond, the latter of whom returned to headline the following year. This time around, Philadelphia welcomes back one of its favorite suburban sons in Matisyahu, whose name sits proudly at the top of the bill for the concert’s third edition.

The West Chester native certainly has big shoes to fill, but in the decade it’s been since he released his first album, Matisyahu has proven himself as a reasonably unique force in the game by injecting some Yiddish fervor into his rap-rooted style and letting his Hasidic Judaist faith shine throughout his musical catalogue. Fresh off the June release of his fifth record, Akeda (Hebrew for “binding”), it’s safe to assume he’ll be receiving a gracious homecoming.  

Of course, Matisyahu won’t be alone up there; Veterans like Steel Pulse and Inner Circle—both of which have been around since reggae’s ‘70s glory days—along with more contemporary acts like Morgan Heritage, Sensamotion and Cultureal, can be found on both the main stage and the Crescendo tent. Plus, there will be plenty of live DJ sets, arts and crafts and divine Caribbean cuisine to add some Rastafarian spice to the festivities, all of which are guaranteed to make the subsequent work week fly by with the greatest of ease. // JAKE ABBATE

2pm. $40-$94.50. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900. manncenter.org

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Sunday, August 03, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/03/2014. .

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