Third World Reggae Ambassadors will headline the exclusive inaugural Reggae GP event at Bamboo Gallery in South Florida on May 8th.
The event, conceptualized by Third World insider Rupert Bent III, will be an after-party to the staging of the F1 Grand Prix in Miami. The musician explained the connection between reggae and car racing.
“The impetus to do this was based on the fact that for the first time in many years there will be a Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami and we know that last year a lot of people left Jamaica for Austin, Texas for that race. Formula 1,” he said. The Sunday Picker. “We thought, this is a great opportunity to do a Third World-focused after-party and do a really high-end after-party.”
Beyond his personal interest as a member of the Grammy-nominated band, Bent III said they proved to be the consummate performers of the event, synonymous with reggae.
“Third World is the best reggae band in the world, so that’s something,” he said. “We felt like our particular target audience would be really into seeing the Third World in this kind of setting, so it seemed like a perfect fit.”
But there’s also a philanthropic aspect to the event, which makes Third World a perfect fit. Reggae GP will use the event to raise awareness of the initiatives of the environmental group Alligator Head Foundation, including donating part of the profits and encouraging donations from the limited event of 220 patrons.
“They have a number of initiatives around clean oceans and they have a Portland marine sanctuary and they’re re-growing reefs in labs and then replanting them… So this party is about having a good time first and foremost, but also to take advantage of the opportunity to support initiatives like this one”.
DJ Squeeze will also be part of the entertainment lineup, as well as some surprise guests. Bent added, “Because it’s so intimate, people who come to the party will be able to rub shoulders with the band, have a drink with us, and get to know them up close.”
The feeling of home will be amplified by cuisine from celebrity Jamaican chefs, Jacqui Tyson and Paul Martin Williams. As a special touch, Bent said the original roasted peanuts wrapped in brown paper, reminiscent of the experience of going to a Jamaican cultural event, will be available.
“We are trying to make this special in every way. Bamboo Gallery itself is like an orchid garden, and there will be waterfalls, fire pits, little lounges set up, I think anyone who comes will be absolutely blown away just by the experience of being there… There’s an element, I guess, of nostalgia or what it feels like to be Jamaican in what I like to think was the good old days in Jamaica, that sort of golden age in Jamaica, and we’re trying to recreate that experience and bring back that nostalgic thing. I’ve been to a lot of parties and shows in my life and my team is trying to top them all as an experience.”
The 2022 Reggae GP rolls out the red carpet for an ultra-exclusive, super-inclusive luxury experience for 220 select guests seeking an unforgettable and undeniably Jamaican night of entertainment and pampering. Located 10 minutes from the race, the venue is said to be one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets.
“Our guests will be presented with impeccable hospitality. Celebrated Jamaican chefs, Jacqui Tyson and Paul-Martin Williams, will prepare a constant stream of exquisite culinary delights to please the most discerning and refined palates. Connoisseurs of fine rum and premium spirits will not be disappointed with our premium spirits, including our specialty brand craft cocktails and a Blue Mountain coffee bar. Everything will be taken care of throughout the event by our professional service staff, decked out in their Reggae GP-branded uniforms,” organizers said.
Third World will be joined by friends, including a team of international DJs, who will keep the festivities going before and after the show.