Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Find enchanting summer sounds with this GrouponLive deal to the 40th annual Rock N Reggae Festival at Woodbury Ski Area’s amphitheater, taking place Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and live music starts at 11 a.m. Choose between the following options:
- $32 for a one-day pass (a $65 value)
- $99 for a two-day VIP pass (a $199 value), which includes:
- VIP parking
- Rental of campground space on Woodbury Ski Area’s grounds
- A backstage pass, preferred seating, and tubing on the hills during both days
The 40th annual Rock N Reggae Festival treats lovers of reggae, roots, and rock to mellow tunes under the sun. As deep-green trees sway in the nearby hills, patrons dance on breeze-swept fields to soul and rock newcomers out of New Zealand Six60 and early reggae groundbreakers The Melodians. The instrumental reggae-fusion group New Kingston blends pop, jazz, and R&B, and Todo Bien fills patrons with good vibrations via bubbling bass, upstroke guitar, and optimistic lyrics. King Yellowman regales fans with reactionary rhythms and his energetic stage presence. After being ridiculed for his albinism as a child, the dynamic performer transformed his angst into dancehall euphoria, going on to be recognized as one of the first ragga artists to get signed to an American record label.
During the festival, audiences can bring their coolers and blankets to spread out on the ground or use as bait for trapping cartoon bears. Art, crafts, and food vendors dot the surrounding fields, and VIPs camping out under the stars can also slip into swim gear and take a dip in the creek-side river pool.
Woodbury Ski Area
In the past 40 years, the Southern Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut have seldom stood without an echo of laughter or music. That's because Woodbury Ski Area keeps them pulsing with skiers and snowboarders during winter months and warm-weather revelers and concertgoers throughout the summer. Tubing slides run down the hills throughout the summer, along with zorb balls—inflatable spheres that carry passengers to the bottom in 45 seconds.
Woodbury Ski Area's president Rod Taylor, who competed as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, maintains the facility with the same drive he used to become the national downhill ski champion and record holder for clearing 222 feet in the Glendale Jump contest. While helping to keep adrenaline levels high, Rod ensures the facility hosts more laid-back cultural events with concerts on the Woodbury stage. Past shows have featured legends including The Wailers, Fela Kuti, and UB40, as well as Muddy Waters, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs.