The 22nd Annual UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival has gotten pretty big. What was once a free event until about 9 or 10 years ago, now costs $25 per day ($35 day of event). But this is probably the best lineup in years, no in forever and I’ve only missed the last 4 years since this event began. This festival is always fun and such a beautiful rainbow of Southern California, with the Belizeans and Dominicans representin’ hard.
Monday, May 26th is Contact High Day, otherwise known as Reggae Day and features big dogs of dancehall, Capelton and Mr. Vegas. Stephen Marley is also performing, though I’d prefer the Hot Marley Brother aka Damian Marley.
Beenie Man performs at the 18th Annual Reggae Day
A bonus is that the Jazz Festival Committee is trying to reduce impact, so in addition to the recycling bins we’ve seen before, they have a bio-diesel and solar powered stage and are using electric and bio-diesel fueled transportation. Speaking of transportation, the buses run right up to UCLA surround the campus. Ideal way to get there if you don’t want to pay for parking or deal with the hassle of sitting in line for 20 minutes trying to get into a parking structure. Or you can use the trip planner on the UCLA Jazz Fest site. Be sure to check the rules, the days of freewheeling days in the park are over; no chairs, umbrellas, coolers, tents, etc are allowed. That’s right, you get to bake your ass in the sun so make sure you bring lots of sunscreen and a big hat.