Lupe Fiasco and Steel Pulse to headline The 25th Annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival taking place May 29th & 30th

Lupe Fiasco and Steel Pulse to headline The 25th Annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival taking place May 29th & 30th

After a quarter century of entertaining Southern California, the JazzReggae Festival announces its full lineup, which celebrates its illustrious history while providing a platform for upcoming new artists. As headliners Steel Pulse and Lupe Fiasco enthusiastically come to UCLA’s Intramural field, the 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA boasts an innovative and eclectic lineup that will guarantee this year’s festival-goers a truly unique experience.

This year’s festival is excitedly redefining the Jam Day experience on May 29. The festival is proud to announce the debut of The JazzReggae 25 Revue with The 12-piece Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble Featuring Special Guests Talib Kweli, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Quadron, Karriem Riggins and More TBA. One of Los Angeles’ most ingenious and experimental young composers, producers, and musicians, Miguel is well-known for composing the Suite for Ma Dukes, a musical tribute inspired by the work of late producer J. Dilla. He has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Wayne Shorter. After two sold out shows in Los Angeles early this year, Swedish sensation Little Dragon is returning to bring their electric soul style to Jam Day. Funk and Soul veterans Lee Fields and the Expressions are sure to please crowds with their classic sound. Recently signed with Stones Throw Records, The Stepkids will be performing for Jam Day audiences, as well as Le J Trio Collective, a UCLA-based jazz group.

Jamaica native Gyptian will be following headliner Steel Pulse on Reggae Day, May 30. Tanya Stephens, accompanied by Detour Posse, will be bringing her socially conscious and influential dancehall music to UCLA’s Intramural field. Also performing on Reggae Day, Panamanian duo Los Rakas combines bilingual lyricism with a mixture of reggae, hip hop, and dancehall sounds. Also performing on Reggae Day are The Wailing Souls, whose classic reggae roots sound is sure to add to the upbeat vibes of this beautiful Memorial Day spectacle. Southern Californian locals The Expanders and Samoan reggae crooner J-Boog will be performing as well.


About UCLA JazzReggae Festival:
The JazzReggae Festival at UCLA kicks off the summer for the entire Los Angeles community. Held every Memorial Day Weekend since 1986, it has become a historic celebration of music, culture, and community. The JazzReggae Festival is the largest, entirely student produced and run event of its kind on the West Coast. Both days allow everyone in attendance to explore the rich lineage of these musical styles. In addition to music, the JazzReggae Festival incorporates many cultures by showcasing a variety of food and craft vendors from multifarious backgrounds and communities. With such a diverse selection of cultural food and goods.

In 2007 the JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA put forth an active effort to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. Since that time the festival has run their stage from bio-diesel fuel, partnered with environmentally forward thinking companies such as Eco Limo, printed their flyers and other promotional material on recycled paper, and included an informational booth on site in which audience members can learn more about ways to be environmentally responsible.

Past performers have included Erykah Badu, The Roots, Stephen Marley, Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, Goapele, Mr. Vegas, Jill Scott, Les Nubians, Nneka, Nas & Damian Marley, Buju Banton, India.Arie, Dwele, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Roy Ayers as well as showcasing local Los Angeles talent Elevaters, J*DaVeY, U-N-I and Mateo.

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