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Reggae coming to Crosslake Outdoor Music Series

By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

Next up on the Crosslake Outdoor Music Series stage is Dred I Dread, an award-winning reggae band from Minneapolis. They’ll play at 7 p.m. in Crosslake Town Square on Saturday, July 19, under the gazebo.

With musicians from New Orleans, Jamaica, Minnesota, Turkey and Mexico, Dred I dread has a diverse heritage that they say echoes in their music.

The band is fronted by Peewee Dread, of New Orleans, who has been singing since childhood. He incorporates his Creole-Caribbean style into reggae and hip hop. The band was formed by Rawle’ G, who moved to the US from Jamaica to pursue music. After living in New York, he moved to Minneapolis in 1998 and formed Dred I Dread.

Dred I Dread has received several awards, having been named “Best Local Reggae Band” by City Pages in 1999 and “Best Reggae Band in MInnesota” in 2000 and 2001 by members of the Minnesota Music Academy. They’ve opened for The Wailers, Yellowman, Israeli Vibration, The Meditations, De La Soul and other well-known bands.

The Crosslake Outdoor Music Series continues every Saturday through August in Town Square. The performance schedule includes: Dred I Dread on July 19, Decade 7 on July 26, Patty and the Buttons on Aug. 2, Boss Grant: Johnny Cash Revue on Aug. 9, Jacob Martin Band on Aug. 16, Daybreak on Aug. 23 and Decade 7 on Aug. 30. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

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