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Reggaetronic brings funky music, cool vibes to Lake Murray; raises money for Camp M.A.T.E.S., Autism Academy

The fifth edition of the Reggaetronic Music Festival, presented by Tidewater Boats and Marine 360, will showcase national, regional and homegrown artists in a 100% floating setup. With an exciting musical line-up, a beautiful location in Lake Murray, and the support of thousands of fans, there will be much fun to be had by all this weekend.

Reggaetronic is South Carolina’s longest running flotilla music festival, set among the backdrop of Spence Island on beautiful Lake Murray. In its fifth year, the festival has become a celebration of modern reggae, funk, rock, and electronic music, fostering an environment of friendship and fellowship highlighting the spirit of the Palmetto State.  “To further enhance the experience for patrons, we put a huge emphasis on talent this year,” said Ronnie Alexander, Electric Promotions CEO.

Reggaetronic is free and open to the public. Because it is a floating festival, its location on Spence Island is only reachable by boat.  While inventory is limited, rental boat craft are still available from Lake Murray Water Sports & Entertainment, Aqua Fun Boat Rentals, and various other Lake Murray marinas.  According to Alexander, one primary goal of Reggaetronic is to bring local businesses in harmony with the community.  “Without these small businesses like Lake Murray Water Sports & Entertainment, Mobile Energy, and GGE&C Services, this festival would not be possible,” acknowledged Alexander.

Reggaetronic seeks to celebrate the vibes of multiple genres of music, all within the backdrop of Lake Murray. This year, however, Reggaetronic will also be making contributions to Camp M.A.T.E.S. and the Autism Academy of South Carolina.

After continued recognition with the community, in 2017, event organizers formed a special partnership with a local charitable organization. Founded in 2010, Camp M.A.T.E.S. (Merging Activities To Enhance Social Skills) is a non-profit organization and summer camp for children and adolescents with social skills deficits which include, but not are not limited to, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities.

“Not only will we be making a contribution to this organization, but we are excited to have a crew of eight volunteer Camp M.A.T.E.S. staff on hand to aid with the running of this year’s epic show,” said Josh Lehew, the pre-show coordinator and media director for Reggaetronic.

The primary goals of the summer camp are to enhance the overall physical health in their campers, increase psychosocial functioning, and to provide a positive summer experience within a supportive environment. “We hope to give them an unforgettable summer camp experience and look forward to working with them,” said Lehew.

Reggaetronic kicks things off at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 15.  It is a 100% floating and a 100% free event for anyone who wishes to join in with more than 10,000 attendees soaking in the sun, sounds and scenery of Lake Murray.

The 2017 line-up contains an eclectic, fun array of musical acts to match the beauty of what Lake Murray has to offer. This year’s line-up showcases popular national, regional and local talent, including: Badfish (Rhode Island); Ballyhoo (Aberdeen, Maryland); Styles&Complete (Charlotte, NC); Lefty at the Washout (Columbia, SC); Pretty Faces Steel Trio Band (Columbia, SC); and DJ Rehab (Charleston, SC).

Badfish, named after a song appearing on the Sublime album 40oz. to Freedom, is a Sublime tribute band from Rhode Island and will be headlining this year’s festival. By channeling the spirit of Sublime, Badfish has developed a dedicated following through their ability to capture the essence of the band they pay tribute to while maintaining their own style.  When reached for comment about Reggaetronic, Badfish had one message: “Lovin’ is what I got for Lake Murray, and remember to join us July 15th!”

Ballyhoo, from Aberdeen, Maryland, has 20 years of experience and 12 albums which blend reggae, rock, ska,and punk. The band saw increased popularity with exposure of their music in various surf videos, skate videos, and compilation albums.

“This floating festival is free to the public. Bring your boat and park in front of a floating stage holding speakers on cranes 40 feet in the air and a diverse lineup of entertainment,” said Alexander. “This event is unlike anything you have ever attended before. We look forward to seeing a crowd of thousands at Spence Island this year.”

Reggaetronic caters to all patrons, offering a custom experience to those who wish to enjoy the simplicity of just floating their way on their own boats.

For those who want to donate to Camp MATES and the Autism Academy of South Carolina, please visit www.reggaetronicsc.com and click on the donate button. 100% of  donations go to the beneficiary through Sherwood Forest.



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