UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival has been around for almost 30 years, and continues to be totally produced by students attending the school.

The two-day festival routinely held during Memorial Day weekend. The jazz section, which is now called the Jam Day, is on Sunday, and the reggae performances are on Monday, Memorial Day.

The celebration is one of the largest annually held festivals in Los Angeles, and brings in thousands of people looking to enjoy the awesome performers, artists and food.

This year’s fest included some of the best musicians in the world: Snoop Dogg, Aloe Blacc, Ky-Mani Marley, and Black Uhuru to name a few.

Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, found a way to incorporate his well-known hip-hop with his recent reggae releases. “I liked how Snoop wove in some of his reggae with some of his old school joints,” said attendee Nicole Walker.

The reggae portion of the festival is usually the most popular day. In keeping with last year’s theme, the headliner for this year was Ky-Mani Marley, son of Legendary musician and activist Bob Marley.

As the crowd waited for Marley to come on stage, his band played a medley of his father’s songs while the crowd anticipated the live performance.

Another great performance was that of the iconic band Black Uhuru. The group came out to the lively, “Party Next Door,” which proved to be very pleasing to the crowd.

In addition to the great music, there was also visual art on display, and some of the artists created the works on the spot at the event.

Moreover, the food is always the best, and this year did not disappoint. Jamaican, Thai, and Vegan restaurants provided savory treats while other venders offered funnel cake and ice cream for those looking for something sweet.

As usual, the UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival was memorable and a success.