Summer Soundsystem Reggae Series Returns for Summer 2024 

Summer Soundsystem Series – Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk and Reggae Under The Bridge – returns on June 9, July 7, August 4, and August 31st in Brooklyn and Queens.

The first event at K Bridge Park on June 9 from 2-7 p.m. will feature DJ Puma from Brooklyn’s famed LP International soundsystem, DJ Misbehavior, DJ Anthony, African Violet Roots, Chanter The Timeless Sound, and Carter Van Pelt. The beloved free outdoor series features an array of reggae vinyl specialist DJs from Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond.

WKCR DJ Carter Van Pelt founded the event in June 2010, to play classic reggae at an accessible location (the Coney Island Boardwalk) to a broad audience. “It caught on from the very beginning, and I feel proud of what it’s become and how the community has embraced it, including the support and endorsements of the Brooklyn Arts Council and Queens BP Donovan Richards. Over the last dozen years, there has been a growing interest in Jamaican soundsystem culture globally… Thanks to social media, people know about the event around the world and have travelled from Japan, Australia, Europe, and Jamaica to attend.” 

In 2021, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards brought the event to the Rockaway Beach Amphitheater as part of his Queens -Live! series, where it returns again this year on Saturday, August 31st for Labor Day Weekend. “Reggae and Caribbean culture as a whole are integral parts of the Southeast Queens and Rockaway communities. I can’t wait to celebrate these roots when Reggae On The Boardwalk returns to Rockaway Beach this summer for an incredible day of music,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.

The events have benefited from the participation of reggae and soundsystem luminaries, including Jamaican producers King Jammy and Jack Scorpio, singers Luciano, Johnny Osbourne, and Carlton Livingston, and emcees Ranking Joe, Sassafrass, Sister Carol, and Screechy Dan, among others. Giants in the soundclash world have been regular participants, including selectors Puma from LP International, Downbeat The Ruler, Federation Sound, and Sir Tommy. The events are also multi-cultural and multi-generational, featuring a core of Jamaican/Caribbean selectors and others passionate about the music culture, both men and women, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians. The large, Jamaican style soundsystem for the events at K Bridge Park are provided by Chanter The Timeless Sound of Brooklyn.

The event series is free to the public and generously supported by community donations from attendees, by the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Office of the Queens Borough President. For more information, follow @coneyislandreggae on Instagram and “Coney Island Reggae” on Facebook. 

Summer Soundsystem Reggae Event Locations, Dates, and Times for 2024:

Reggae Under The Bridge
Sunday, June 9, 2-7 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2-7 p.m.

Coney Island Reggae On The Boardwalk
Sunday, August 4, 2-6 p.m.
Boardwalk at West 20th Street

Reggae On The Boardwalk – Rockaways
Saturday, August 31, 3-7 p.m.
Rockaway Beach Amphitheater (East 94th)

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