Feel the Beat in the Heat

Feel the Beat in the Heat

Cross summer desert heat with cool island beats and so is born …

Lots and lots of happy feet.

“I like seeing people grab their friend and run onto a dance floor — that doesn’t happen when you go to a rock show,” says Chris Parkhurst, keyboardist for Hawaiian-flavored, Las Vegas-based reggae group HaleAmanO, one of numerous acts booked for Saturday’s eight-hour, ninth annual Reggae in the Desert festival.

“You think of Las Vegas as this high-paced nightlife, but there are still people who don’t want to go out and hear 180 beats per minute, like at the clubs. There are people who want to enjoy their time and their friends and their drinks.”

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