Although the dry, sweltering summers of Las Vegas may not be reminiscent of the Caribbean’s tropical climate, Reggae in the Desert is bringing island vibes to the Mojave Desert on June 10. The annual music festival returns to the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater for its 16th year with live performances from Common Kings, Alborosie, Tanya Stephens, Passafire, Eljai and Inna Vision—plus more to be announced.
The lineup offers the promise of new music alongside classic hits, with each act bringing their own regional appeal. Common Kings and Passafire both dropped new albums this year. And Tanya Stephens brings her influential style and some sing-along hits, while Inna Vision represents for Hawaii on the ceremonial ninth island.
The all-ages event (children 5 and under receive free entry) kicks off at noon and concludes at 10 p.m., making for a daylong affair. With ample lawns, mature trees and plenty of room to spread out, “It’s one of those venues that makes you feel like you’re not in the middle of the desert,” says Frederic Apcar, Jr., the event’s producer. Guests are invited to bring blankets as well as one factory-sealed water bottle—and with temperatures soaring, make that bottle a big one!
Beyond the music, the island lifestyle will be fully cultivated with the event’s Caribbean Islands Vendor Village. On top of authentic craft vendors, “the food is the biggest thing. We try to stay true and [offer] as much of the Caribbean cuisine as we can,” Apcar says. Taste of Jamaica and other authentic purveyors will serve island-style cuisine alongside non-island fare.
Make a day of it with the whole family and enjoy the simple, heady vibes of reggae music and the accompanying chill lifestyle.
Reggae in the Desert
June 10, noon–10 p.m., Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, reggaeinthedesert.com