Real Reggae returns to UCLA

Levy and Royal will be backed by one of California’s hardest working and most popular reggae bands, Detour Posse, which is another sure sign of the festival’s commitment to returning to the roots of real reggae music.

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Barrington Levy’s booming voice signals the return of dancehall music to UCLA’s annual JazzReggae Festival. In honor of its 30th year, the festival is going back to its tradition of bringing big stars to Westwood on Memorial Day Monday.

Reggae giant Barrington Levy is no stranger to the annual event having headlined a number of times over the course of its 30 year run. Levy is one of Jamaica’s most enduring artists and a fan-favorite at festivals around the world. He’s sure to bring the holiday crowd to its feet with international hits like Black Roses, Murderer, Broader that Broadway and Under Mi Sensi.

Prominent new artist Jesse Royal will take the stage to showcase his unique style of roots music. An integral representation of the growing Reggae Revival movement, Royal’s vibes are fresh and deeply rooted in Rastafari as reflected in songs like Modern Day Judas.

Royal’s ganja anthems “Gimme Likkle” and “Finally” became songs of celebration after the Jamaican government officially decriminalized marijuana last year.

Levy and Royal will be backed by one of California’s hardest working and most popular reggae bands, Detour Posse, which is another sure sign of the festival’s commitment to returning to the roots of real reggae music.

Representing the next generation of Marley’s, rising star Danial ‘Bambaata’ Marley joins the impressive Memorial Day lineup. His father, Ziggy, and uncles Stephen and Damian Marley have been major players at past UCLA JazzReggae Festivals. Heavy-hitters Buju Banton, Capleton, Steel Pulse, Mr Vegas, Anthony B and dozens of others have also headlined the iconic show over the years.

For three decades, the student run festival has been an annual destination for reggae music lovers far and wide. Along with enjoying world-class music and art, festival goers will be able to satisfy their souls with real authentic Jamaican food and international dishes from a variety of top notch food vendors. This year’s JazzReggae Festival has been scaled back to just one day. Headliners from jazz accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands will also take the stage on Monday.

The UCLA JazzReggae Fest will be held at Sunset Recreation Center, where the first Jazz Reggae Festival was held in 1986. Tickets are $20 for the public and $15 for UCLA faculty and staff. UCLA students get in for $10. Children under 5 years old are free.
For more information about the festival, including a list of what you can and cannot bring into the venue, go to http://www.jazzreggaefest.com/

UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival
May 30, 2016 at UCLA
Doors open at 11am
music + art + food 12pm – 6pm
http://www.jazzreggaefest.com/

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