The grand opening of the new Washington Park takes place this Friday. (Photo: 3CDC, provided by CityBeat).
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Reggae Culture Splash 2013 at Washington Park

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Mike Breen

The annual food/music fest Taste of Cincinnati — Cincy's unofficial "start of the summer" — doesn't begin until Saturday, but Friday you can get an outdoor music fix that couldn't be more "summery." Reggae Culture Splash 2013 goes down 7-10:30 p.m. Friday at Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine).

The event features a stellar lineup of contemporary Jamaican Reggae stars, headed up by singer/songwriter Luciano, who is credited for helping keep socially/religiously inspired Roots Reggae music thriving in the face of an increasingly electro-dependent Dancehall craze.

Speaking of Dancehall, fellow Culture Splash performer Sister Nancy is credited as being the first female DJ in the genre and is also a fantastic vocalist. Also scheduled to appear are producer/artist Milton Blake, local collective Black Youth Faith and more, including DJing from I Vibez, Queen City Imperial Sound System and Frankie D.

An after-party will be held at Grammer's (1440 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine) at 10 p.m.; admission is $10 before midnight and $20 after. Tickets for Reggae Culture Splash are available for $20 in advance at or Island Frydays (2826 Vine St., Corryville). Tickets are $25 on the day of the show at the gates.

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