The Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk Series is a continuation of the "reggae beach party"/"Coney Island soundsystem" events conceived and launched in 2010 by Carter Van Pelt of WKCR's "Eastern Standard Time" Jamaican music program.
This project will fund at least two free, daylong Sunday events (May 26, 2013; June 30; and if additional funds are raised beyond the goal, up to two additional events on July 27 and August 25) featuring reggae selectors playing through a "yard-style" soundsystem heard over a large outdoor area - in this case the historic boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, at West 21st Street near the old Child's Restaurant building. In its heyday, Jamaican popular music was almost entirely produced to be heard at public dances through large public soundsystems. These events celebrate an important cultural context specific to reggae that is not widely understood in the digital music era.
As free events, Coney Island Reggae has introduced new listeners to Jamaican popular music (ska, rock steady, reggae, dancehall, dub, etc.) and continues to give those (non-Jamaicans) already familiar with reggae a more authentic context for hearing it.
By its location in Brooklyn, NY, the events benefit from the participation of a large community of Jamaicans integrally involved with the music culture as selectors, singers, producers, and emcees.
Most importantly, these are family-friendly events and everyone is welcome to attend and share in a multicultural community experience only possible in a place like Brooklyn.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used for sound system rental, transportation, generator fuel, tents, and the parks and police permits, and marketing for the events.
Risks and challenges
The event can be challenged by inclement weather, and rain dates will be secured. In the past, the event has been rained out twice and rescheduled successfully.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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