Reggae festival coming to Kirkwood March 24 |

Reggae festival coming to Kirkwood March 24

Staff Reports

The inaugural High Up Fest, a one day musical event that brings together the popular Reggae movement with rock and hip hop, will host a national line-up of musical acts at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on March 24.

Nationally acclaimed Reggae recording artist Collie Buddz will perform several of his solo hits at thisyear’s High Up Fest in addition to performing with his band, The New Kingston Band. Buddz’ first single, a summer anthem titled “Come Around” was deemed “a monster” by the Miami New Times. Hip Hop Weekly described Buddz as “…one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter.” Buddz’s musical peers were so inspired by his single they created their own remixes of “Come Around” or joined Buddz on the official remix of the single including Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill, Paul Wall, G-Unit and Shaggy.

Also joining the line-up, Philadelphia recording artists The Movement who will entertain fans with hits from their album “Set Sail” which has attained the No. 7 spot on iTunes Top 100 Reggae Albums. The Movement is known for their unique blend of rock, Reggae, and hip-hop as well. They have performed with 311, Common, Ludacris, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and The Wu Tang Clan.

Zion I, a hip-hop duo fromOakland, will introduce fans to music with reggae and dub influences as they perform hits from their album Atomic Clock. The group will have crowds jamming along to their usual mix of sonicexploration and unbridled creativity as they bring classic reggae and forward-thinking dub sounds to the line-up.

National recording artist,Kelley James will also join the musical line up. Coming off a 31-city summer tour with OAR, James’ music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics, and freestyle flows. James released his latest EP, “The Recent Future” in June 2011, which carefully infuses pop melodies with laid-back hip-hop flows. He has shared the stage with Mike Posner, Kate Voegele T-Pain, Slightly Stoopid, Joshua Radin, Shwayze, Sara Bareilles Tyrone Wells, and LMFAO.

A third national recording artist and DJ’s will be announced soon.

Sponsors for High Up Fest 2012 include Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Subaru, and Volcom.

“Battle Born Entertainment is very excited to be working in conjunction with Kirkwood Mountain Resort to showcase the inaugural High Up Fest 2012 on March 24. It promises to be a great day of music, powder and fun,” said CEO of Battle Born Entertainment, Carly Liston.

Stand alone concert tickets start at $39 or combo packages, which include a lift ticket and concert ticket, start at $89. Tickets can be purchased online at