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Bricktown Reggae Fest provides musical change of pace

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If you're indie'd out this summer and need a musical change of pace, the two-day Bricktown Reggae Fest is your chance to escape into righteous rhythms and sexy songsmithery.

For the past 12 years, the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues has transformed into an all-ages venue for reggae artists to hypnotize guests and promote peace, unity and the characteristic skanky groove. The big pull? Most bands blend reggae with many different genres " usually blues, jazz and funk " so there's something in store for every kind of music fan.

Perennial favorite Kinky Slinky will take the stage at 5 p.m., followed by big movers Sam and the Stylees and Watusi at 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., respectively, on Friday. Midnight guest Tribal Nation will deliver its unique mixture of reggae, funk and blues.

Slinky will return Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Sam and the Stylees, Mystic Vibe and Local Hero. At 10:30 p.m., One Love Uprising will close the event with a more traditional roots-reggae vibe.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, with free admission until 7 p.m. " tickets thereafter are $7. Like every year, there'll be plenty of food, drinks and swag (it's not quite Reggae Fest without a tie-dye shirt) to commemorate the Rastafarian night out. There's also a Powerball lottery ticket giveaway.

For more information, call 236-4143. "Jake Dalton

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