Ya Maka My Weekend kicks off in Rock Island

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A two day annual festival kicked-off in Rock Island bringing a touch of reggae to the District.

Starting things off at Ya Maka My Weekend on Friday, August 9, 2013, was Lion Heights at the Great River Plaza Stage. Twelve bands were scheduled to play throughout the weekend at the Jumer’s Casino & Hotel Stage and the Plaza Stage.

Click here for a list of bands playing at the festival.

This is the 22nd year the festival has been in Rock Island, bringing some veteran musical acts and showcasing some newbies as well.

The festival is between 17th and 19th Streets. Admission is $9 for one day or $14 for two days.