The 28th annual Jazz Reggae fest kicked off around noon, Sunday of memorial day weekend with the unapologetically Californian band, “the West Coast” comprised solely of UCLA students. After a few songs they busted out one on the ukulele that got everyone in the mood and they were off. Up next came four gorgeous tap dancers led by Sarah Reich, accompanied by a rap duo from Chicago and fellow UCLA students on trumpet/trombone.
People watched in awe and envy as the group tapped their hearts out in front of the still growing crowd. Shortly after we were greeted by Georgia Anne Muldrow and daughter with some beautiful reggae music for the soul, telling us we are all “Children of the Sun”. Followed by the OFWGKTA affiliated band “The Internet” led by Syd tha Kid featuring fellow Odd Future member Matt Martians. By now the crowd was starting to get wild and Syd performed for the very first time with her shoes on due to the stages heat. After short intermission came one of the big headliners, Aloe Blacc, who really got the crowd on their feet performing a few of his hits and others off his latest album, “Lift Your Spirit” including “Wake Me Up” and “The Man”.
Finally the moment most were waiting for came, Snoop Dogg entered the stage to a roaring crowd and started his set with the reggae influenced, Snoop Lion track, “Here Comes the King”. His set included some classics as well as newer music that the crowd was eating up, the rest was a blur full of screaming fans and hands high in the air, but my experience at the UCLA Jazz Reggae fest will not soon be forgotten.
Report By James AKA Jazz Music Reporter