This year’s version of the UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival has a new venue, and unfortunately one less day, but still has the a great lineup for students and UCLA community members to jam out to. Here’s the On The Hill Guide to the artists performing at this year’s festival. For ticket info visit this link.
Probably the biggest name on the line-up, Wale is a Washington D.C. rapper who with has won over listeners and critics with his smooth lyric delivery. His 2013 effort, The Gifted, reached number one on the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of tracks such as “Bad” and “LoveHate Thing” and fans have been eagerly awaiting his new album tentatively scheduled for release at the end of the month.
2. Portugal. The Man
This alternative rock group hails for Portland, instead of their namesake nation. Portugal. The Man, represents a bit of a shift for the festival, bringing their indie rock sensibilities psychedelically tinted tunes to the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Their latest album, 2013’s Evil Friends was produced by the legendary DJ Danger Mouse and sees a change in style for the band toward a more hip-hop oriented sound.
A SoCal-based American rapper, Shwayze had his breakout year in 2008, charting “Buzzin” and “Corona and Lime” while also dropping his debut self-titled album. His music has a taste of the coastal beach chill with hooks often provided by his writing partner and frequent collaborator singer Cisco Adler.
For those looking for more electronic fare, Norwegian artist Lido has got you covered. The 22-year-old originally became popular with his remixes of popular tracks such as The Weeknd’s “Often” and Disclosure’s hit “Latch,” imbibing the songs with his unique trap music stylings.
5. Marian Hill
Marian Hill, a duo made up of vocalist Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd, has gained a slowly growing fanbase through their electronic pop sound and tracks like 2014’s “One Time”. Gongol provides the floating vocals that soar above the jazzy modern production providing a contrast that has been described as “sax-ual” by the band.
It’s hard to pin down Christian Berishaj, better known by his stage name JMSN, in a few words. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and director of music videos JMSN is a burgeoning R&B talent that has released a diverse and interesting collection of music including “Something” and “Alone.”
Tickets are available here: http://www.jazzreggaefest.com/tickets-1/