Awards-ceremony performances give audiences direct insight into how the winners earned their spot at the top, unlike dry best-of lists or the inaugural pool parties that mark most presidential elections. See just enough evidence of talent with this GrouponLive deal to the International Festival of Life at Washington Park from Wednesday, July 4, to Sunday, July 8. The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony takes place on Thursday, July 5. Hours for the festival are noon to 10 p.m., except on July 5–6, when gates open at 3 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get a general-admission one-day pass (a $15 value).
- For $17, you get a general-admission five-day pass (a $35 value).
- For $25, you get a VIP one-day pass (a $50 value).
- For $75, you get a VIP five-day pass (a $150 value).
- For $37, you get a VIP platinum one-day pass (a $75 value).
- For $99, you get a VIP platinum five-day pass (a $200 value).<p>
VIP admission includes:
- VIP seating
- Two drinks in the VIP area<p>
VIP platinum admission includes:
- VIP seating
- Limited backstage access
- Three drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the VIP area<p>
Now in its 20th year, the International Festival of Life celebrates the arts, food, music, culture, and indomitable spirit of displaced peoples around the globe. Alongside the similarly freedom-minded Fourth of July celebration, the jubilee this year commemorates Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence by partnering with the IRAWMA and keeping the bass thumping with more than 50 acts piled up on two stages. Fest-goers set their peg-legs prancing as they uncover the treasure trove of dancehall tunes, including calypso, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, and pop, accumulated over nearly a century of history.
Yoking together two of the biggest festivals on the Caribbean and world-music scenes, the five-day carnival sees genre-making legends performing alongside up-and-comers. Third World, one of Jamaica’s longest-running and most popular crossover acts, headlines with reggae flavored with R&B, funk, and a pinch of rap. Second-gen singer Tarrus Riley also takes the stage, mimicking his father Jimmy’s honey-smooth croon in consciousness-expanding songs of his own. On Thursday, July 5, the IRAWMA honors eight Jamaican icons in attendance, including the First Lady of reggae, Rita Marley, rocksteady superstar and ’60s heartthrob Ken Boothe, and Freddie McGregor, whose 50-year career in music began when he sang backup for The Clarendonians at age 7, a time when most musicians are learning which end of the trumpet you blow into.
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