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5th annual Clear Lake/Galveston Bob Marley Festival coming November 10-11

The 11th Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour travels to approximately twenty cities each year spreading Bob Marley’s message of peace, unity and “one love.” The Clear Lake Festival, originally held in Galveston has been part of this Tour for the last 4 years. Over the last 10 years, the Tour has visited 45 cities in the United States and abroad making it the longest annually touring festival in the world.
The Tour will visit Clear Lake for the 5th Annual Bob Marley Festival on Sat. & Sun., Nov 10-11, 2001. The Festival will be held at the Clear Lake City Park Pavilion, 5001 Nasa Rd 1 (From Houston, take the Gulf Freeway (I-45) South towards Galveston, exit Nasa Rd. 1 turn left (East). Travel approximately 5 miles, you will pass the Hilton Hotel and at the next light and turn left into the Park). Music plays from Noon until 10:00 PM Saturday, and Noon until 9:00 PM Sunday.

Tickets for the Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com Ticket prices are $5 presale, plus service charge and $7 Day of Show. In the spirit of Bob Marley, fans can get into the Festival from Noon to 3:00 PM each day by donating $5 in cash or $8 in nonperishable food.

In 1991, the Festival began its tradition of asking the public for donations of food for nonprofit organizations. Over the last 10 years, this tradition has generated over $225,000 in cash and over 1,000,000 pounds of food, school supplies and books for nonprofit organizations throughout the US. Donations of cash and food at this Festival will benefit nonprofit 501©(3) organizations including the Endangered Species Media Project and the University of Houston-Clear Lake Dolphin Research Team.

The Endangered Species Media Project promotes understanding of how the quality of human life can be enhanced by the preservation of our wilderness and wildlife. The University of Houston-Clear Lake Dolphin Research Team conducts research on the dolphins in Galveston Bay.

The Tour’s performers include reggae bands, dance troupes, jugglers, and poets. Children will enjoy our Playscape Village hosted by Blowup Inflatables For Kids, featuring games, rides and Native American storytellers. As in previous years, the Tour will feature Caribbean, African, and Third World arts and crafts along with some of the best foods from these regions. Many of these vendors travel from city to city with the Tour.

The Tour features performances by the next generation of reggae and world beat music superstars. A core group of 25 acts perform in each Festival. In addition, local bands are recruited to perform in each city on the Tour. In addition, a tribute to Osibisa will be performed by Dr. King Cobra. Groups slated to perform include: Rudy Vasquez (Dallas; Tribute to Bob Marley); TexAfrican (Houston; Roots Reggae); Shark Attack (Clear Lake; Reggae); Soul Stingers (Austin; Jamaican Do Wop, Rock N Soul); D.R.U.M. (Houston; Worldbeat); Higher Heights (New Orleans, Canada; Roots Reggae); Sambaxe (Brazil; Mexico; Austin, Drum & Dance Group); Project 1 (Trinidad; Roots, Fusion, Hip-Hop, Soca Reggae); Cosmic Force (Houston; Roots Reggae); Ghandaia (Brazil; Mexico; Caribbean Spanish Fusion Reggae); Trevor Flowers & Irie I’s (Belize; Houston Roots Pop Reggae); Dr. King Cobra (W. Africa Nigeria; Tribute to Osibisa); Bigga Boss (Toronto, Canada; Houston; Dance Hall Reggae); DJRJ (Austin; DJ Mix Master); SunVamp (Clear Lake; Fusion Worldbeat Rock); Rajamani & Ensemble (India; Indian Gypsy Folk Worldbeat); Ayemaya (Chile, Mexico; Fairy Fire Dancers); Felix-The Catman (Granada, DJ Mix Master Roots Dancehall Plus); Tour Master of Ceremonies: LJ Blasé (New Orleans).
Please remember, no food, beverages, glass containers or pets will be allowed into the Festival. For more information, or to inquire about participation in the festival as a volunteer, vendor or performer, please call the Hotline at 713-688-3773. The Festival can also be reached by email at: bobmarleyfest@juno.com and on the Internet at: www.bobmarley-festival.com

The 2001 Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour is not associated with any other event. The Festival is produced nationwide by SV Kyles & Associates in conjunction with EarthWorks Productions. Sponsors include: XM Radio, “Beyond AM, Beyond FM,” Texas Music Magazine, Miller Beer and KKRW 93.7 “The Arrow.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Festival Theme: Natural Mystic

Bob Marley expressed his thoughts on the Natural Mystic and its relationship to race relations and positive thinking in the following quote. “That’s right we need. It’s what your mouth say, keeps you alive. It’ s what your mouth say kills you. And the greatest thing is life. So that is the thing where JAH (GOD) puts you through now. Weed out the devils, overcome the devils with the natural mystic of a thing call love.”

Osibisa

In 1970, around the time Bob Marley was discovered, a new style of music known as Afro-Rock burst into international prominence. Starting in London, a group of roots minded musicians, Osibisa, became the original superstars of African music. Their breath taking concerts combined with the sheer virtuosity of their music propelled them onto major concert stages all over the world. Their fusion of African music and rock was felt throughout a generation of African musicians, particularly those who were teenagers during the time of the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and James Brown. Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, Cat Stevens, War and many other stars of that era heralded them as superstars. Osibisa means, “criss-cross rhythms exploding with happiness” in the Ghanaian language.