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We jammin' good at Austin's Reggae Festival

The Austin Reggae Festival started Friday afternoon with great music and a few rain showers at Auditorium Shores. The sky cleared up and the good vibe kept going.

The Festival supports the Capital Area Food Bank. In 2011 the festival helped serve 692,000 meals. The festival will run through the weekend.

A little rain didn't keep dancers and hoopers from enjoying the music and company of others.

The comfy shaded spots filled up fast.

Daniel Ramirez of The Rafiki Project opens the Friday festivities at the 19th annual Reggae Festival.

Daniel Ramirez (r) and Charlie Hickman of The Rafiki Project, a reggae/dub influenced quintet based out of San Antonio, Texas.

Festival goers groove and sway to the sounds.

The Bandulus plays traditional ska, rocksteady, and reggae.

Frisbie fun in the park.

The crowd started growing and having a great time once blue skies and sun came to play.

Matt Rusin from Tin Can Phone, an Austin-based rock/reggae group developing a signature sound that is all their own.

Lead guitarist of Tin Can Phone, Josh Nicholson.

Tin Can Phone's drummer Roberto Mesa Jr. tapping out the beats while sporting cool blue shades.

Matt Rusin from Tin Can Phone.

 Daniel Ramirez of The Rafiki Project.

The sun shone after the rain which helped control the dust a bit.