2:15 – 3:00 pm, lower shelterhouse
by reggae artist Zion
With a voice and style reminiscent of classic reggae, this Evansville, Indiana, artist fuses roots music and spoken word to spread a message of love, hope, unity, and peace. He’s excited to lead a drum circle for children of all ages. He will have several types of drums with him and lead the kids in fun, interactive exercises to create groovy rhythms and beats.
Zion has been a crowd favorite in the local Will Read and Sing for Food series. Born in the small village (population 1,288) of La Plaine in rural Dominica West Indies, Zion was shaped at an early age by experiences that taught him perseverance, endurance, and spiritual empowerment. “While everyone my age used to listen to popular music for younger audiences, I was drawn to conscientious reggae music. I never really chose to do music—it was just inside of me. Once I learned to play the guitar as a teenager, it was a natural thing,” he states. Zion has opened up for a number of national and international artists including The Wailers Band. In addition to performing with Ziggy Marley, he has also recorded songs at Bob Marley's legendary Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica.