UCLA JazzReggae Fest Returns Memorial Day Weekend

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Attendees of a previous JazzReggae Fest (Photo courtesy of JazzReggae Fest)

The two-day JazzReggae music festival at UCLA's intramural field returns for the 26th year this weekend to entertain those of us not hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend. As always, Sunday May 27 is Jam Day and Monday is billed as Reggae Day.

Organized by a staff of all UCLA student volunteers, the festival features an especially impressive line-up for Sunday's Jam Day. The Roots are back to headline for the first time since 2008, and they are supported by Booker T. Jones, who is collaborating with $uestlove on the album The Road to Memphis. Jam Day also features Gary Clark Jr., who can groove and shred as well as anyone in the game today.

If you are feeling nostalgic for Y2K, relive the year 2000 with Reggae Day headliner Shaggy. You'll have "It Wasn't Me" stuck in your head all of next week, guaranteed. Also featured on Reggae Day are Tarrus Riley, Collie Buddz, Alison Hinds, and Don Carlos.

In addition to great music, UCLA JazzReggae Festival features eclectic community vendors and art projects. If you've ever wandered around the UCLA campus wondering what it would look like if it didn't have a diversity crisis, this weekend is your chance to see for yourself.

The Festival runs from 11 am - 7 pm both days. Tickets are available online