Reggae Rise Up: A Weekend of Sunshine and Good Vibes


Leave it to Florida to turn what was supposed to be a rainy weekend into the first glimpses of the summer Florida is known for. Pure sunshine and blue skies greeted attendees to this year’s Reggae Rise Up in St. Petersburg on Friday, welcomed by the lapping intercoastal dotted with local boaters who came for the show.

When you live in Florida there are two things you’re going to be familiar with whether you’d like it or not – sunburns and reggaeton. While reggae may not make sense to those raised in crisp mountainside towns, reggae is the music created in response to hours of vitamin D and saltwater in the air. And the 5th annual Reggae Rise Up provided vibes everyone with a taste for sunshine and ocean could enjoy.

Take a peak at the scene and some of our favorite acts of the weekend:

HIRIE was a crowd favorite of the weekend enchanting crowds with her stellar voice and moves

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Falling asleep to concert DVDs as a wee tot next her to her Dad at decibels surely scorned by doctors, Alex’s passion for music sprouted alongside classics like The Beatles, Zeppelin, and Joplin. During her time at Florida State University she learned, much to the dismay of said Dad, that other music existed besides classic rock and thus began her voyage to music festivals far and wide. Typically seen cradling a camera under her arm, you can catch Alex traversing the globe for her next adventure.