Lovers Rockers C-Sharp Booked For World United Music Festival
The World United Music Festival is bringing together some local favorites and top independent artists from around the U.S. and abroad to bring the best in blues, bluegrass, roots rock, reggae, roots/Americana, folk, country, Tejano, gospel and more.
Festival producer Jon Smith said there is something for everyone.
"Reggae music from Jamaica, we're bringing in folk music from Ireland, we're bringing in jazz music from Paris. There's all different styles of music out here," he said.
Eight stages now dot the hillside behind the city's new convention center. Just a few weeks ago the field was covered with brush, but the site is ready for 160 bands.
Music fans say San Marcos is an ideal place for a festival of this size. And festival organizers hope the three-day celebration of live music will be a historical event for musicians, industry heads and the expected 100,000 festival attendees.
The event is the largest music festival put on by a nonprofit group. United States Entertainment Force CEO Jerry Payne is hoping to raise money they will use to help soldiers and their families.
It's not pro-war, it's not anti-war. We are saying, 'Look, these guys, these gals are going over there, they're giving everything they have and instead of handing them a medal, we're saying we're going to do a big festival, we're going to help you keep your houses," Smith said.
While this is the festival's first year, work has already begun to make sure the event continues year after year.
Artists are hoping to get the attention of executives attending a radio and music industry convention being held alongside the festival.
Jamaican group sensation C-Sharp, Kabbalist and Shamuel are a few noted Reggae musicians who have been billed for the three day event.
The Reggae News Agency