Friday, May 25, 2012


The 26th Annual JazzReggae Festival on Memorial Day Weekend is proud to announce the artists on the 2012 lineup. Joining The Roots and Booker T. Jones on Jam Day will be Gary Clark Jr., Thundercat, Selah Sue, and Sonnymoon! 

The Reggae Day lineup will feature Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Collie Buddz, Alison Hinds, Don Carlos,  Kes the Band, and Cris Cab. With such a collection of talented acts, the 26th Annual JazzReggae Festival will continue its legacy as the premier Memorial Day Weekend celebration of music, art, and culture in Los Angeles.

On May 27th, every performance will showcase a unique and intensifying act for this year's JazzReggae Festival Jam Day The Roots have been breaking contemporary rap boundaries to create their own soulful hybrid of a genre for nearly two decades – making them the exact kind of urban hip-hop and visionary jazz group to headline this year’s Jam Day. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy lifetime achievement, Booker T. Jones is a legendary R&B and soul musician that has worked with artists such as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Elton John, and most recently ?uestlove. 


Rising Austin-based guitar virtuoso, Gary Clark Jr. channels a reminiscent mixture of legends Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan with his soulful croon and his captivating guitar solos.  Los Angeles native Thundercat will bring a jazz fusion element to the festival that has been highly regarded by artists such as Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, and many others. Hailing from Belgium, Selah Sue is a fierce new voice that brings an edgy blend of funk, reggae, and soul. Band mates, Anna and Dane of Sonnymoon define their music by a funky arrangement of sounds, beats, voice, and electric remixes that are sure to bring a unique vibe. 


With multiple album successes, five number one hits, and eleven top ten singles worldwide, Shaggy's performance on Reggae Day will certainly be an unforgettable performance. Tarrus Riley’s music veers in a direction that raises awareness about equality and provides thought-provoking perspective without prejudice in a manner that has been accepted by an adoring public audience since his debut album in 2004. Since his self-titled debut album went to number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in 2007, Bermuda born Collie Buddz has continued to take the Reggae beat by storm. “Queen of Soca” Alison Hinds is a particularly empowering solo performer who brings her shows to life with mesmerizing dance moves and powerful vocals.  


The former lead singer of The Black Uhuru, Don Carlos originally laid the foundation of heavy roots and culture and after several genre-transforming transitional periods, twelve solo albums, and hundreds of unique live performances, he’s set to bring his well-developed sound and positive atmosphere to the JazzReggae stage. After winning the much coveted Soca Monarch Award in 2011 for "Wotless," up and coming Soca act Kes the Band will bring their high energy show with a full band and many dancers to the JazzReggae stage.   Guitar grinding nineteen-year-old, Cris Cab is a singer-songwriter whose music is best described as an innovative combination of hip-hop and reggae sounds.Read More WWW.Jazzreggaefest.Com

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