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According to an interview with the Jamaican Observer, singer Causion grew up as a fan of Third World. The two groups will join forces as well as Johnny Dread on Feb. 27 at the Moonsplash concert in Key West.

“I’ve been hanging around them for some time and the vibe has always been great. They asked me recently if I would open for them in a different market and jumped at it,” said Causion.

Causion (real name Gregory Bailey) lives in South Florida and has worked that region’s reggae scene for years. The reggae band will join Third World and Johnny Dread for a special, once-a-year concert at East Martello Fort in Key West.

Third World, who hails from Jamaica, has received 10 Grammy Nominations and was awarded “The United Nations Peace Medal” for their contributions in music and lyrical prose. Furthermore, the Reggae icons have performed with tons of rock heavyweights, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Santana, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Johnny Dread, a local favorite with Cuban roots, will be the opening act at the festival — equipped with new material and classics hits.

Moonsplash is produced by The Rotary Club of Key West, along with Key West Arts & Historical Society. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Rotary’s College Scholarship Fund. The reggae concert will have food and drink vendors, beer and liquor and a kids area. The show is from 5 to 11 p.m. and advance tickets (along with V.I.P.) are available at or Neptune Designs, Bagatelle and Southernmost Beach Cafe. For more details, call 305-754-4044. 

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