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Reggae on the river a success

ANNE GROGAN

Sierra Sun

The first day of Renegade Productions’ Reggae at the Lake, held Saturday evening in the amphitheater at Truckee River Regional Park, proved to be uneventful as concerts go, according to Steve Randall of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District.

“We had no complaints,” Randall said.

Reggae at the Lake was held for four years at the regional park in Tahoe Vista, but moved to Truckee this year after the North Tahoe Public Utility District board placed restrictions upon the event which Renegade Productions owner Robbie Polomsky found unworkable. Polomsky said in an earlier interview the restrictions were prompted by complaints from residents near the park who protested the concerts due to the “type” of people reggae concerts attract.

According to Sgt. Bill Evans of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Truckee division, the Truckee Reggae at the Lake concert ran very smoothly.

“Nothing really happened out there,” Evans said. “We had a report of a stolen backpack, a kid under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and we got a few noise complaints from the surrounding neighborhoods at around 9 o’clock.”

Two bands from Jamaica performed to the crowd of more than 1,000, which filled the amphitheater to near capacity. The first act, Ghetto Youth Crew, performed in Jamaica’s popular dance hall style, while the second act, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, performed more traditional reggae music blended with a hip-hop, pop beat and sound. The Truckee audience danced peacefully and applauded loudly, apparently pleased to have one of the reggae scene’s biggest-name bands in town.

“It was an absolutely incredible event,” Renegade Productions publicist and production manager Kaati said. “It was the best concert Truckee’s ever seen.”

Putting on this concert involved beginning stage set-up at 9 a.m., Polomsky said. About 40 area residents were hired by Renegade Productions to help load in equipment, provide security and clean up after the show. Crews worked until 3 a.m. doing just that and returned the following day to remove the last of the post-concert garbage remaining in the park: hundreds of cigarette butts.

“We love Truckee, we love that venue,” Kaati said. “We want to leave it as beautiful as we found it, if not more so.”

The manager of the two bands phoned Sunday from Reggae on the River in Guerneville to let Polomsky know that the band, which played Sunday to a crowd of 15,000, thoroughly enjoyed the small, intimate setting Truckee River Regional Park offers.

“They definitely want to come back,” Polomsky said.

The second day of Reggae at the Lake will be held this Sunday, Aug. 15, featuring Dean Fraser, Mikey General and the Firehouse Crew, and two of Jamaica’s most popular traditional reggae acts: Luciano and Burning Spear. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show and are available in Truckee at New Moon Natural Foods and Musaic CDs and Tapes.


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