For the second year in a row, a reggae music festival proved to be a popular attraction in Fairport Harbor.
A multitude of music lovers attended Live @ the Lighthouse Reggae in the Harbor on July 9 at the Lighthouse Amphitheatre. This outdoor site is located just north of the Fairport Harbor Navy Museum and Lighthouse at 129 Second St.
“Live @ the Lighthouse’s Reggae in the Harbor has been a smash hit,” said Chris Pinta, Co-Chair of Fairport Harbor Arts and Culture Alliance.
A not-for-profit organization, the alliance celebrates its second year as an organizer and sponsor of the Live @ the Lighthouse Music Festival series.
Reggae in the Harbor launched the series in 2021 and 2022. While the 2021 show featured three bands, this year’s lineup featured five bands.
Fans who attended the entire 2022 Reggae in the Harbor Festival enjoyed the music provided by local favorite Lake Irie; Predator Dub Assassins, from New Jersey; Root Shock, of Syracuse, New York; Carlos Jones and the Cleveland PLUS Band; and Los Angeles-born headliner Arise Roots.
The composition of this list illustrates one of the alliance’s goals for the 2022 Live @ the Lighthouse series: to attract national headliners, while including regional and local musicians.
In addition, the alliance has made fundamental improvements to its festival layout, such as a larger and elevated stage, as well as better quality lighting and sound production.
“The stage we added this year really added to the experience (at Reggae in the Harbor) and the crowd of all ages was engaged all day,” Pinta said.
Live @ the Lighthouse offers free admission to spectators, who are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grass that stretches from the lighthouse to the stage.
For festival goers in need of food, drink, or a diversion from the music, 2022 Live @ the Lighthouse also featured food trucks, a beer tent, and craft and artisan vendors.
“Our vendors and food trucks had nothing but praise for all the visitors, who helped bring many single-day sales records to their small businesses,” Pinta said.
The second and final Live @ the Lighthouse festival for 2022 – Jerry Garcia’s birthday celebration – will take place on August 6. This event is a tribute to the Grateful Dead singer and guitarist who would have turned 80 this year.
Pinta said on July 14 that the local group Grav was added to the August 6 celebration lineup consisting of Papa Bear, Rustbelt Ragtops, Sunshine Daydream, Dupree’s Dead Band and Nashville-based band The Stolen Faces.
Performance times for the revised roster of musicians will be announced soon, Pinta said.