The Itals highlight reggae festival at Truckee park |

The Itals highlight reggae festival at Truckee park

The Itals, featuring Keith Porter, David Isaacs and Ronnie Davis headline Reggae in the Park Saturday at Truckee Regional Park.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the first band, Ancient I’s, start at 5 p.m. with Zion Roots following at about an hour later. The Itals will take the stage around 8 p.m.

In the patois of Jamaica’s Rastafarians, the word “ital” means pure and healthy, unpolluted. These adjectives suitably describe the sound and message of The Itals, one of Reggae’s premier vocal groups, who hail from the beautiful countryside of Jamaica’s Westmoreland Parish. Original members Porter and Isaacs, deliver rock-solid and crystal-clear roots harmony sounds.

While reggae has developed many styles over the years, The Itals’ music retains the spirituality which has been the core of reggae’s success in America.

Zion Roots perform all the reggae standards made famous by Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and then break into high-energy calypso for some hot dancing.

It is a five-piece band, was created in the Santa Cruz mountains when two Rasta countrymen from the Caribbean Isle of Dominica, Nicolas Gregoire and Jus Lewis, both musicians, met up in 1999 and began making their own reggae music.

Nicolas Gregoire, on lead vocals and percussion has been singing and song writing since the age of 18. He has performed with many reggae bands both in the Caribbean and the United States, and has performed with Zion Roots, which he co-founded in 1999.

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