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THE MARLEY BROTHERS DROP OUT OF BOB MARLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL!

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Stephen and the other Marley bros aren’t showing up for Marley Fest.
Before you roll up and roll out to Virginia Key Beach Park next weekend for the Nine Mile Music Festival (which Miami has known as Marley Fest for as long as anyone can remember), be aware that Damian “Jr. Gong,” Julian, and recent Grammy winner Stephen Marley will not be appearing or performing.Details are limited. But it likely has something to do with a 2011 lawsuit the Marley family filed against festival promoter and Bob’s supposed half brother Richard Booker.

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In December, TMZ reported on the lawsuit, noting the apparent conflict in Damian, Julian, and Stephen headlining a show thrown by a dude who they’re taking to court.

Nine Mile Music Festival 2012 Lineup
Stephen Marley
Damian Marley
Julian Marley
-Burning Spear
-Capleton
-Cocoa Tea
-Tarrus Riley
-Collie Buddz
-Kevens
-Khev

The lawsuit, filed by 9 of Bob Marley’s kids, and his widow Rita, alleges that Booker is using the Marley name for profit that they are entitled to, going so far as to register a trademark for “Mama Marley” to sell everything from fish sausage to fish croquettes.

The festival website makes no mention of the acts’ cancellation.

Nine Mile Music Festival. Saturday, March 3. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and tickets cost $49.87 to $166.50 plus fees. Four canned goods are also required for admission. Call 877-440-8499 or visitninemilemusicfestival.com

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