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I have no idea whether there are still tickets available, but here’s the info:

Get your 29th Annual Reggae On The River™ 2013 tickets now…. Online and Local Outlet Tickets are NOW ON SALE For Highly Anticipated French’s Camp Homecoming! Online sales will close at 8am on Wednesday July 31. Tickets (if still available) will be henceforth available at the gate only.

Don’t delay in planning your pilgrimage to the 29th annual Reggae On The River™ on August 1-4, 2013. Making a highly anticipated return to the festival’s original French’s Camp venue, located approximately 10 miles south of Garberville in Humboldt County, CA, reggae fans worldwide are overjoyed at the news of the festival’s homecoming and tickets are flying out the door!

The main 3-day festival will take place Friday through Sunday, August 2-4, and a limited number of early arrival tickets will allow access to the grounds and an extra evening of DJs and special guests on Thursday, August 1. A total of 6000 tickets will be made available to the public for the 2013 event, and only 2500 of these will be early arrival tickets, which are expected to sell out first…

Tickets include the option of camping on site and are priced at:

~ $250 – 4-day early arrival ticket.  Allows access to festival grounds at 8am on Thursday, August 1, plus an extra evening of DJs and special guests.
ROTR 2013~ $190 – 3-day main event ticket.  Allows access to the festival grounds at 8am on Friday, August 2.
~ $250 – RV parking.  A limited number of additional RV spaces have recently been allotted. These were recently sold out, so get yours now!

Single Day Tickets will also be available for the following prices:

~ Friday – $75
~ Saturday – $75
~ Sunday – $55

Please Note: Single Day tickets will not be available in advance and will only be available to walk ups on the days of the event at Guest & Media Check In (not Will Call). Single day ticket holders are not permitted to park or camp on site and must either park in one of the offsite lots or ride the shuttle to the event.

~ In the interest of safety, we encourage our patrons to arrive before dark if at all possible. ~

Don’t miss this historic homecoming celebration! Stay tuned to this website or for all the details and be sure to join the ROTR newsletter where we’ve been offering a weekly sneak peek into all the epic talent in store for this very special Reggae On The River™ homecoming celebration. For more information call the Mateel office at (707) 923-3368 or send an email to

ROTRPassed 4 to 1.  Despite the opposition from a local business owner concerned that he wouldn’t make enough money with the plan as is.

According to the Times Standard article, Supervisor Rex Bohn dissented, but the article doesn’t explain.  In fact, later in the article Rex is quoted as dismissing the appeal from the business owner as “economic issues” that can’t be addressed.  Does anybody know why Rex voted against?

Interesting to see that the CHP estimated 25,000 in attendance at previous events.  The cap this year is 8000.

Tickets are on sale now.

From the Mateel Site:
What: A World-Renowned Reggae Music Experience
: Saturday & Sunday, July 21st and 22nd, 2012
Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Benbow, CA
Advanced Weekend $110 ($120 at Gate) / Single Day (at gate only) $60

~ Tickets ON SALE now! …buy with above button or see outlets here.
~ Advance weekend tickets at $110 are advised as this event sells out!
~ Single day tickets (available only at the gate) are $60
~ Weekend tickets (sold at the gate) are $120

On Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2012 the Mateel Community Center proudly presents the 28th Annual Reggae On The River™ festival at Benbow Lake Recreation Area in Humboldt County, California.

An internationally renowned celebration of the best in reggae and world music, the 2012 Reggae On The River™ festival will feature nearly 30 classic and cutting edge reggae and world music artists on two stages, along with 80+ vendors, a lively kid zone, and a weekend full of fun on the banks of the majestic Eel River.

Lots more info, including the lineup schedule, through the link above.

And Hank made it.

From the Mateel Community Center:

What: 27th annual Reggae On The River

Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area (Garberville, CA)

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 16-17, 2011

Why: Internationally renowned celebration of reggae & world music!

 For immediate release:

 Reggae On The River Talent Announced/ Local Outlet Tickets Now Available

 On the weekend of July 16th and 17th, 2011, the Mateel Community Center is proud to present the 27th annual Reggae On The River at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt County, CA. An internationally renowned showcase of the best in reggae and world music, this year’s event will feature two stages (an ROTR first!) and is shaping up to be a good one.

Though the full line-up is not totally complete, a list of the confirmed acts so far includes Ky-Mani Marley, Gramps Morgan, Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80, J Boog, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Bushman, Gondwana, Rootz Underground, Annette Brissett, Perfect, Clinton Fearon, Army, HR, Edi Fitzroy, Pashon Minott, Indubious, Zili Misik, SILA, Sahra Indio, Native Elements, The Alliez, The Impalers, Jah Sun & Ishi Dube w/ Redemption Band, Jade Steel, and Ambush, with several acts still TBA.

Weekend passes are currently available online at and at the usual local outlets in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. Advance tickets are advised as this event sells out. Single day tickets will go on sale June 15th if the event is not sold out by this point.

For more information on the 27th annual Reggae On The River visit or call (707) 923-3368 and be sure to make your plans soon to join the festival fun on the weekend of July 16 and 17.

Several medical patients taking a break from the concert to take their medicine at Reggae on the River – 2010

Tons of vids posted at Youtube this year.

Addendum: Is the driver the cameraman?  Doesn’t that make you feel safe driving 101?

I think tickets are still on sale, though given the other news they probably won’t last long.  More details at the Mateel website.

Here are some youtubes of Reggae on the River 2009, the one that bagged the Mateel 80 grand.

Now is everbody happy?

Reggae On The River’s 25th Anniversary A Smashing Success

The Mateel Community Center would like to share its appreciation for everyone who came out in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Reggae On The River. Held on Saturday, July 18th at Benbow Lake State Recreation, this year’s festival was an important building block in the Mateel Community Center‘s effort to reestablish the great Reggae On The River tradition.

The natural majesty of our redwood surroundings and our mellow community vibe set the stage for a beautiful event which came to life in a diverse array of powerful performance, with lots of fabulous craft and import vendors, and plenty of fun stuff for families and kids. All of us at the Mateel Community Center feel it was the perfect, if unexpected, way to celebrate our silver anniversary and we hope the positive vibrations will resonate throughout the land and that even more of you will join our tribe in 2010.

Most of all we want to thank the ticket buying patrons.  Your willingness to spend your hard earned dollars in support of our efforts is truly humbling and, more than anything else, has ensured that Reggae On The River will remain part of the Mateel/ local identity for years to come.

Thanks also to our sponsors: Humboldt Nutrients, KMUD, Lagunitas Brewing Company, North Coast Mercantile, Hydro Pacific, KHUM, North Coast Co-Op, Amerigas, Redway Liquor & Deli, Sweet Leaf Tea, US Cellular, New Harris General Store, Mystic Lion Art, and Pipe Creek Posters.  Your support went a long way in making the festival a financial success.

Major kudos to our wonderful coordinators, contractors, and volunteer crews.  Your dedication to your jobs helped make for a smooth running event and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.

We’d also like to share our appreciation for our festival neighbors, especially Charles and Jan Benbow, John Porter, Matt Futrell, and Chris Anderson (who we’d also like to thank for the lions he donated), plus Garberville Chevron and the businesses of the Majestic Center for use of their properties for parking and as festival shuttle stops.

Big ups also to the good folks at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area for all their support.  Although we never expected that Reggae On The River would (or could) happen at this venue, we can’t thank them enough for welcoming us with open arms and allowing us to continue the tradition in our local park.

All in all it was a wonderful experience and we can’t wait to see you again next year as we celebrate 26 years of great reggae and world music. Long live Reggae On The River and the Mateel Community Center!

Justin Crellin

On behalf of the board and staff of the Mateel Community Center


March 2020