JazzReggae Festival

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I always look forward to Memorial Day, and not just because I get a three day weekend a week or two before finals. Nope, Memorial Day weekend at UCLA is still busy filled with conferences and other huge student-run events.

Memorial Day weekend doesn’t feel quite complete without the UCLA JazzReggae Festival (MySpace). The line up and weather are always great, plus they usually have great vendors for food and arts/clothing. For the 20th annual festival, the student organizers are focusing on showcasing talent at UCLA (Daily Bruin).

Jazz Day includes Dianne Reeves, Trio Beyond, Floetry, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Kenny Burrell & Friends, Donnie, and UCLA Jazz Studies students. Last time Buju Banton headlined, it was impossible to move anywhere on the huge athletic field because of the crowds. Both days usually offer some great entertainment, but many more people attend Reggae Day.

The event is free for UCLA students. For non-students, tickets are $15 each day or $25 for a two day pass.