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Jammin the “Stress Away” at UCLA’s 2013 JazzReggae Fest Reggae Day

posted May 29, 2013, 11:17 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


This past Memorial Day, I returned to UCLA’s Intramural Field to get my soca wind on and to reggae jam and chill with my Caribbean peoples at the largest West Coast reggae festival around. There aren’t too many fests in general that give you the variety of music you will find on both days, for the price paid ($35 for one day, $50 for both days), with an almost certain guarantee of perfect weather (sunny and 70’s). Although many of us returned to work on Tuesday, it was easy to leave that concern at the door, once the alternating relaxed and Carnival party vibes hit you during each set.


Kicking off the main sets of the day, KES the Band immediately got the crowd to its feet and the Trini flag waving, jumping and winding began shortly after. Doing songs like his popular hits “Wotless”, “Trinidadian” and “Where Yuh From”, it’s easy to see why he’s nominated for Best Live Act awards. I spoke to Kees from Kes after his set and loved his animated energy as he spoke about his music, working with Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion and more. Peep the soundclip of our interview below!

Mr. Vegas

Mr. Vegas

Queen of Reggae Marcia Griffiths next graced the stage, paying tribute to the great Bob Marley and her solo classics such as “Electric Boogie”, getting thousands of people in the crowd to do the Electric slide. Keeping the energy up, Mr. Vegas then took the stage afterwards, doing several reggae covers and hits “Bruk It Down” and “Sweet Jamaica”. I chatted with Mr. Vegas afterwards about working with Shaggy and Sean Paul so check out that interview soundclip down below!


Barrington Levy went on afterwards doing songs like “Here I Come” and brought Mr. Vegas back onstage to do “Love The Way She Love” which kept the crowd on its feet. Following a brief intermission, Grammy winner Ziggy Marley wrapped the fest up and took the stage to thunderous applause, bringing the day to a chill end and on a high note. All in all, had a great time listening to classic and new music, made some new friends and found some new places to find patties and roti in LA!


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