Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 30, 2013 10:18AM
2 days!!! Can't wait!
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 31, 2013 11:34AM
18 more hours. Geez already.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 31, 2013 12:15PM
I get to go know see u folks there saterday & sunday
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 31, 2013 06:48PM
Thursday! see you soon! DJ Sets should be interesting Thursday Night!

safe travels!

Cheers
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 31, 2013 07:14PM
Yes!!! At the airport now and in route. C ya all tomorrow.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
July 31, 2013 10:28PM
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westafari
I agree random. It looked bleak, and now it turning out to look off the hook.

Yeah funny, it's the exact same lineup when u first complained about it cept Junior Kelly, and now it's off the hook?

Reggae is ready and the bowl looks great! I can't wait for my top three; Army, Natural Black and Julian. As i said Julian can and will hold down the top spot.



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Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
August 01, 2013 12:59AM
Steeleman, don't be negative. I have embraced the lineup and admitted I was too critical at the start. Be positive and come say hello to the eye in the sky.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
August 02, 2013 08:02AM
Going to my first ever Reggae On the River, and cannot wait! This is a very solid lineup!
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 02, 2013 04:41PM
Reggae on the River a success for the Mateel; management team listens to neighbors of the event
Redwood Times
Posted: 09/25/2013 01:34:38 PM PDT

Reggae on the River at French's Camp in Piercy performed beyond initial expectations this year, board treasurer Garth Epling told the board and staff of the Mateel Community Center at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Though the final numbers are not in yet, Epling said it is safe to say that the Mateel netted at least $340,000 from the event. The Mateel does not provide copies of board packets or financial statements to the public or press at their board meetings, but they say that information is available to view during business hours at the Mateel office in Redway.

General manager Justin Crellin attributed the reasons for the profitability of holding the event at French's Camp over Benbow State Recreation Area to the higher attendance numbers and higher ticket price justified by the longer event, three and four days instead of two days, and camping on site.

Crellin expressed the opinion that more people came to the event because it was the more traditional reggae experience.

Site manager John Jennings updated the board on the Reggae on the River site. There were water quality requirements with all the agencies and Jennings said he is happy with the way things turned out. He has placed a high priority on taking care of the water, he said.

All the agencies have been informed, Jennings reported, Fish and Wildlife, NOAH, Water Quality Board, Army Corps of Engineers and a follow-up meeting with the agencies was scheduled for last Saturday.

Jennings reported that they now have eight more water tanks up on the hill above the site for 40,000 more gallons of water storage. This is in addition to the 30,0000 to 40,000 gallons of storage already there, he said.

Jennings said that the Mateel has gotten permission from the Water Control Board for next year to water the bowl at the event site before the show because the water goes back into the river. Jennings requested authorization to purchase a lawnmower and put it at the site before the bridge is removed for the winter. His hope is to mow the lawn a few times in the spring next year and then when the bridge is replaced in the summer, bring in a water truck and flood it with 3,000 gallons to get it green to keep the dust down during the show. The bridge over the river will be removed this week, he said.

Jennings also purchased a container to store all the fencing on site.

The Mateel is committed to bringing the leach fields for gray water at the site used for the showers, nonprofit kitchens and volunteer kitchens up to compliance.

Epling reported that they had borrowed from their reserve share at the beginning of the year and he suggested replenishing that and adding 10 percent, which would bring it up to approximately $165,000.

With the 30th anniversary of Reggae coming up, there will be a lot of expenses. The Mateel is already looking at the starter budget for next year's Reggae on the River with broad strokes, Crellin said.

Epling said since they know reggae netted a minimum of $340,000 the Mateel will be able to add $8,500 to the donation fund and the same to the phase-two building fund. Due to the impacts the event has on the South Fork Eel River, the Mateel is exploring nonprofits that benefit the river for donation, to find a way to give back something. They are talking to Sanctuary Forest, Salmonid Restoration Federation, Friends of the Eel River, and Richard Geinger.

The board also discussed funding Recycled Youth this year because the grant funds to that program, which is integral to the Mateel, are not guaranteed by other funding sources. Some years the Mateel fully funds that program, and some years the program receives outside grant funding. It helps Recycled Youth in their applications to funders that the Mateel funds them some years. The Mateel also picks up the slack in funding on the years that Recycled Youth does get funding. The cost for that program is usually in the $10,000 range.

Crellin reported that the Mateel's fall schedule is looking good, with a Hank III show, Hempfest and rentals of the hall lined up. The theme chosen this year for the Winter Arts Faire is Hawaiian Holiday.

Jennings reported that work at the community center hall included completion of the cupola by New Age Plastering of Arcata, and plans to upgrade the toilets.

Dick Stull, accompanied by Robie Tenario and Kathleen Sweet, made a presentation to the board requesting a donation of hall use for an all-day workshop on March 29 with Dave Gluck, who co-wrote a book about the convergence of music and sports, peak performance and the zone. The tentative plan is to have Gluck present a general talk to the public, a percussion workshop, and then a jam. The Mateel board was receptive to the idea since it is in keeping with their mission.

When asked about the news of the sale of the Dimmick ranch to five Bay Area partners reportedly interested in using the site as a concert venue, Crellin and Jennings said they were still trying to wrap their minds around it. Jennings said the new property owners want to work with the Mateel.

After the meeting Crellin confirmed that there was a critical incident at this year's Reggae on the River involving unauthorized use of an event golf cart resulting in an accident in which two volunteers were injured, one seriously. Crellin said the incident is being investigated by the sheriff, the California Highway Patrol and the Mateel's insurance investigators.

Reggae has good-natured neighbors in Piercy

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Mateel Community Center's Reggae on the River management team met with interested residents of Piercy for an event follow-up at the Richardson Grove RV family campground. About 25 people attended, including Sgt. Ken Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office's Garberville substation.

Katz Boose, who manages operations for the Summer Arts and Music Festival and Reggae on the River facilitated the meeting, one of several required by the Conditional Use Permit for the event.

Every person present was given an opportunity to share their experiences. Boose also passed around a suggestion box.

Mateel general manager Justin Crellin said that the event was a big learning experience for him and everyone involved. He said they retooled some aspects of the event to keep it more in line with community ideals. The smaller attendance numbers and staggered entrance times helped alleviate traffic problems, he said.

In general, most of the people present expressed support for the Mateel Community Center and Reggae on the River, though some people who lived near the event said they found it hellish. But they said they like reggae music, so it wasn't all bad.

Most people felt that the Mateel had listened to their concerns before, during and after the event and were responsive to the neighbors. Several neighbors who had lived there for many years said this year the event went much better than in years past when it was in the area and much bigger. Most of those present said they liked the smaller size of the event and many didn't want to see attendance increased in the future. The residents and businesses noted the huge impact the event had on their lives for the duration of the event and for some time before and after. A few talked about the noise bothering them.

The management team admitted they were unprepared for the incapacity of local cell phone towers to handle the increased cell phone use, causing all of Piercy to lose cell phone service during the event. One of the event coordinators said that mistake can be remedied next time by trucking in additional cell phone towers. It's done at other events all the time, he said.

Fencing and off-site security were frequently mentioned as areas that needed improvement.

The California Highway Patrol, who were not represented at the meeting, had directed that crossing the highway from the event site to the Patriot Gas Station and the campground be prohibited during the event.

Most people thought that was a mistake and crossing the road during the event should be allowed in the future. Some of the Piercy businesses said they lost business during the event and some thought it was because of how the road was blocked off, and shuttling was not adequate to alleviate the problem. Others said their regular tourists were put off by the concert attendees and that those who were there for the event were not their target market.

Security for locals was deemed to be somewhat lax, which made some people uncomfortable. One Piercy resident said that the fire department had to do some security tasks that the Mateel should have done.

A business owner suggested special wristbands that identified locals.

One local resident and business owner who stated his support for the Mateel and Reggae complained that there was antagonism between the Mateel and some Piercy residents.

The reggae management team reiterated their willingness to meet individually with those who had problems with the event.

A coordinator promised improvement in preseason training of off-site security.

Sgt. Swithenbank commended the Mateel on a well-run event. He said from the sheriff's office point of view it went smoothly, and the size was fantastic.

How the proceeds of the event directly benefit the community was brought up. Several people wanted donations to go to schools, and one person wondered why Leggett School does not receive donations from the event.

Crellin explained that the Mateel has established donation funds. Both major fundraising festivals, Reggae on the River and the Summer Arts and Music Festival give 2.5 percent of their proceeds back to two different funds. One directly benefits causes that align with the Mateel's mission, and one benefits the Mateel Community Center hall. Crellin explained that there is still a phase-two building plan for the hall, a grand design to make the center a multi-use facility that will benefit the community. He pointed out that there will be a donation to benefit the South Fork Eel River. Crellin said that last year the Mateel donated to the skate park, Humboldt Area Foundation, South Fork High School and the Garberville Town Square.

The Mateel board has open meetings and will hear suggestions for possible recipients of donations.

In the spring there will be another meeting to begin planning for next years' reggae event.

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Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 07, 2013 08:58AM
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Daniel
Reggae on the River a success for the Mateel; management team listens to neighbors of the event
Redwood Times
Posted: 09/25/2013 01:34:38 PM PDT

Most people thought that was a mistake and crossing the road during the event should be allowed in the future. Some of the Piercy businesses said they lost business during the event and some thought it was because of how the road was blocked off, and shuttling was not adequate to alleviate the problem.
Original Source

This was a major issue and a huge inconvenience for probably over a thousand or more concert patrons. There is no telling how many of those people won't be back next year but I can imagine it will be a substantial number. I don't know all the details of how or why the restriction to not allow people to cross the highway came to be a requirement for the event permit...but, that sorely needs to change next year. The shuttle system, as expected, was totally inadequate for the number of people involved. Seems to me there could be a reasonable solution like allowing people to cross the highway for a few minutes every 1/2 hour or so...after all, there are something like five traffic lights stopping traffic on the highway in Willits and the 101 is not a freeway at that location in front of the venue. Looks like anyone who wasn't camping at the venue or Richardson's Grove State Park was impacted by this situation and forced to use the shuttle.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 07, 2013 10:45AM
they don't want to pay and the police to do it. IF someone got hit it is all over. This is the land of the lawsuit. Reasonable people lose everytime
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 07, 2013 01:10PM
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Ninja
they don't want to pay and the police to do it. IF someone got hit it is all over. This is the land of the lawsuit. Reasonable people lose everytime

Not sure what you mean????

There was fencing and lots of police there around the clock keeping people from crossing the highway and giving out $200 tickets if anyone tried to cross.

I'm pretty sure the festival had to pay for all this law enforcement activity with overtime as well as to pay for all the shuttles busing people from one side of the highway to the other side by driving a half mile down the road, turning around and coming back up the other side.

Looks to me like this was some unreasonable restriction imposed by some people who were hoping this obstacle would be a showstopper and prevent the festival from taking place...but, the festival managed a work-around to keep the festival alive this time but it really isn't a practical long term solution me thinks.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 07, 2013 01:46PM
The answer seems simple. Hire a few people to act as crossing guards - give them reflective vests and flashlights (at night); publish hours of operation to coincide with the bidnesses across the street. we do it for youngsters at schools; apply the same principle here.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 07, 2013 09:16PM
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Walter
The answer seems simple. Hire a few people to act as crossing guards - give them reflective vests and flashlights (at night); publish hours of operation to coincide with the bidnesses across the street. we do it for youngsters at schools; apply the same principle here.

As I recall, that was pretty much how it was handled back in the very early 90's. As the festival got much larger in the following years, so did the problems associated with highway traffic and pedestrian safety. I really have no clue as to how bad the traffic and safety situation had become in the peak years of festival attendance but I do remember there was always a lot of concern by many about the problem. I think this issue is a lot more complicated and difficult then would appear on the surface. I just hope they can sort it all out and come up with a practical solution.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 09, 2013 05:26AM
I was one of the unfortunate that planned on camping elsewhere, and was forced to take the shuttle merely to cross the road. I will never attend this festival again if i think there is a chance that i will get stuck on the shuttle. Don't do it. After yelling at the hiway patrol to start things off, i watched hundreds of people get left in line for hours at Benbow and Rich Grove. The driver said that the Mateel had cancelled six buses, leaving four total to make all the shuttle runs. I love reggae, and the acts and sound at the fest were top notch, but i don't leave my transportation to chance. I did not come back for saturday, and wasted a ton of money.

Love that reggae!
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 10, 2013 10:28AM
if that was me, I would have just walked up/down the highway and jaywalked accross. It's only 2 lanes with a 35 mph speed limit!
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 10, 2013 10:34AM
exactly. Honestly this isn't Syria. You will not be shot for making it across a 24 foot wide road. Just don't do it right by the entry way.

Walter... I think it is the insurance cost that has them not hiring crossing guards. IF anyone was to get hurt... Land of the Lawsuit.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 10, 2013 12:50PM
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Reggabe
if that was me, I would have just walked up/down the highway and jaywalked accross. It's only 2 lanes with a 35 mph speed limit!

I could be wrong, but I think they had that obvious tactic covered. I know they had fencing at the entry point to the festival. You could cross the road but probably could not enter the festival from that side of the roadway due to fencing and security guards at the entry gate.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 10, 2013 02:25PM
@Ninja - Yeah, that makes sense and seems most likely to be the reason. Thanks.
Re: Reggae on the River 2013 Line-Up
October 10, 2013 03:00PM
It was not possible to cross the road with CHP sitting there yelling thru their amplified bullhorns that if we touched the hiway we would get a 300 dollar ticket. There was fencing on both sides of the hiway so you could not simply walk down around the corner and cross. There was a CHP mobile office unit set up at the corner of the venue. I'm the last person who would care WTF the cops said, but practically it would have been very difficult to avoid them at that time. I'm sure there were times that it would have been possible but that would have required a lot of waiting around.

I believe that the reason it happened that way is that the last concert held at that site never paid the CHP what they were owed, so the cops punished them with those stupid shenanigans. Probably also included the Mateel not wanting to pay more money either. There were certainly those who just ran across the street later in the day, which i would have been happy to do if it didn't mean getting a jaywalking ticket. Also, i had my bag of gear, tripods and a chair and i was not looking forward to schlepping them thru the forest. Yes, the cops are that stupid and vindictive.

Love that reggae!
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