Reggae on the border

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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NIAGARA Falls has been a popular tourist spot and location for Hollywood movies for decades. Next week, the scenic area hosts the inaugural staging of the concert Love Order at the Border.

The three-day show on the Canada/United States border kicks off July 4. It has a mix of old school reggae, soul and funk acts such as Freddie McGregor, Errol Dunkley, Lakeside and Con Funk Shun.

Headliner is singer Faith Evans, who emerged during the neo-soul movement of the 1990s.

Jamaican Andrew Stephens is a senior partner in the Real Music Group, promoters of Love Order at the Border. He told the Jamaica Observer that although there are a number of veteran acts, it is not an oldies show.

"The idea for this is to not only celebrate past and present multi-genre music legends and create a stage for uprising local artistes, but to bring everyone together from different backgrounds, cultures and communities from both sides of the border," he said.

Stephens has promoted numerous shows in Canada and the United Kingdom through his Unison Entertainment Enterprise. Last year, he joined with Thomas Tripodi and Tony D'Ambrogio to form RMG.

Love Order at the Border is the company's first major promotion. Stephens says they have received support from the Niagara Parks service which runs Niagara Falls, but RMG is footing most of the bill for the debut event.

"We have offset most costs this year and look forward to working with corporate, mid-size as well as small business sponsoring partners in the years to come," he said.

In addition to McGregor and Dunkley, deejay Lone Ranger and singer Johnny Osbourne are on the slate. So too emerging acts Show Stephens and Pamela Facey.




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