The annual Vinyl-Only Sound System celebration titled Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk happening Sunday, September 3rd, will include a special musical tribute to the historic Greensleeves reggae label. Guest DJs for the event include Chanter International, The Timeless Sound; Vaughn Allstars and Joseph Demension, Downbeat The Ruler and other surprise guests. “The event celebrates classic Jamaican reggae soundsystem culture, and naturally, tracks from the Greensleeves catalog which have been a prominent part of the event over the years, said Founder and Producer of the event, Cater Van Pelt. “The Greensleeves catalog encompasses some of the best reggae of the early 80s, which is now the cornerstone for much of today’s ‘reggae revival.’”
Founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell, Greensleeves Records went from a record store to a full service record label and publishing company hailed for being the launch pad for the careers of reggae legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and others. The label spawned international success with U.K. based acts Dr. Alimantado, Capital Letters, Tippa Irie, Clint Eastwood & General Saint among others.
To commemorate the 40-year anniversary of its founding, parent company VP Records has staged multiple events during the course of the year. The iconic Times Square venue, BB King’s Blues Club was the site of an anniversary concert on June 21 featuring performances by Addis Pablo, Alborosie and Queen Ifrica. The same day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris, France was held for the annual celebration ‘Music Day.’ August 11 was the date of the London celebration at 02 Arena (in affiliation with Jamaica House), performances included Reggae Regulars and Capital Letters.
To support the anniversary events, exclusive editions of Greensleeves classic albums have been released. These include highly praised re-releases of Hugh Mundell “Africa Must Be Free By 1983,” Augustus Pablo “King David’s Melody” and Sylford Walker’s “Lamb’s Bread.” Newly recorded dub releases from Alborosie and King Jammy add to the celebration and legacy of the Greensleeves brand.
“It’s been gratifying to have VP/Greensleeves’ sustained support for Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk since 2013. As always, fans of the event can look forward to surprise guests on September 3rd, as we wrap up another great summer on the boardwalk,” concluded Van Pelt.
Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk
Sunday, September 3rd from 3pm-7pm
Coney Island Boardwalk at West 20th Street.
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