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Stephen Marley
Stephen Marley
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A New Generation of Marleys at Kaya Fest 2019

Do you already have plans for 4/20? If so, you might want to change them. Kaya Fest just announced that the Bayfront Park Amphitheater spectacle is set for one of the most irie days of the year: April 20.

Kaya Fest is the brainchild of Stephen Marley, the eight-time Grammy-winning reggae singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and son of Bob Marley. The elder Marley's classic 1978 album Kaya — along with the song and tour of the same title — was undoubtedly the inspiration for this festival's name.

Stephen Marley founded Kaya Fest to "educate people to the many uses of the cannabis plant as well as to inspire and encourage positive public awareness especially since more and more states are approving the use of medical marijuana, such as Florida where it recently became legal," the event's press release reads.

He won't be alone onstage. He's invited just about every Marley out there to take a turn performing, including his brothers Ziggy, Damian, Ky-Mani, and Julian. If you prefer a newer generation of the clan, you can also check out Bob Marley's grandkids playing as the Third Generation Marley Family, which includes Skip Marley, Yohan Marley, and Mystic Marley.

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Kaya Fest began in 2017 with a phenomenal lineup. Beyond the Marley brothers' sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, the extravaganza also offered performances by Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul, and Inner Circle, plus a guest appearance by Pitbull of all people. In 2018, the festival headed west to Southern California, where Action Bronson and Cypress Hill joined the Marleys. It will be interesting to see which other headliners will be announced for this year's edition.

As a 4/20-friendly bonus, the festival's press release states, "In addition to the booths of food, crafts, and other refreshments... there will also be those passing along information highlighting the benefits derived from all aspects of the cannabis plant. How it has medical and ecological advantages that make it a valuable addition to all our lifestyles. Kaya Fest is a cutting-edge and positive event which promotes education, raising consciousness, and spreading unity."

Kaya Fest. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Tickets cost $80-$300 via livenation.com.

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