This year marks the 8th annual Reggae on the Mountain Festival, which will take place on July 22 and 23 in Topanga Canyon, California. The festival is sure to bring in positive vibes, music-lovers of all ages, local vendors, and even international acts. JBTV caught up with co-founder of Reggae on the Mountain, Amit Gilad, to find out more.
Amit Gilad and fellow co-founder Brooks Ellis both grew up in Topanga Canyon and have maintained strong relationships within the community. “This town and especially the youth within it are extremely important to us and have a lot to do with the festival’s success,” said Gilad.
In fact, the funds from the fest go towards the Topanga Community Club, a non-profit, volunteer organization that hosts numerous community activities and services. The entire staff of the fest, from the box office to the bar, is made up of friends and family of the community.
“The festival brings economy to the youth and town,” said Gilad. “We broke even the first year, and now, as we are bigger and better, the town reaps the benefits.” The two-day festival is expected to bring in over 3,000 people each day, according to Gilad.
So, the big question. Why reggae? Ellis and Gilad wanted to bring in music with a positive message – one that promoted unity, one love, and a “fusion of diverse cultures, a real melting pot,” said Gilad.
This year is set to be the biggest line-up to-date, including a Black Uhuru reunion show. Black Uhuru was the very first band to win a Grammy for reggae music and original members, Sly & Robbie and Mykal Rose are all set to perform. Other big names, such as Katchafire, Yellowman, Raging Fyah, Eljai, and more will also be performing.
Don’t miss out – be sure to celebrate the #summerofonelove with LA’s favorite Reggae Festival.