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Boston JerkFest features live music with more than a dozen artists jamming to the tunes of reggae, soca, steel drums, world music, Caribbean rhythms, and more.

2018 Entertainment Schedule

Friday Night, June 22, 2018, Rum & Brew Tasting

Outdoor Patio

DJ 4eign

 

6:00- 7:30  –  DJ 4eign, WJMN JAMN’ 94.5 FM

7:30 – 9:00 – Cocktail Throwdown

9:00 – 9:30  – DJ 4eign, WJMN JAMN’ 94.5 FM

 

 

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

DJ Nomadik

6:00 – 9:30 –  DJ Nomadik

6:00 – 9:30 – Reggae Lounge games and activities, including dominoes, games

6:30 – 9:30  – Painting as Art and Ritual

 

 

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Saturday, June 23, 2018, Jerk Food Festival

Session 1 – Outdoor (11am – 3pm)

11:00 – 11:30 – DJ Smoov

11:00 -3:00  – Kids & Culture 

11:30 – 12:30  – Qew Lunel and the all fruits band

12:30 – 1:45 – DJ Smoov

1:45 – 2:45  – Riddim Symphony

11:30 – 3:00  – Tempo International Steel Band (varies)

Session 1 – Indoor ( Reggae Lounge) (11am – 3pm) 

Photo Credit – House of Nahdra

DJ Nomadik

11:00 – 3:00  – DJ Nomadik

1:00 – 1:30 – House of Nahdra Fashion Showcase with DJ Nomadik

2:00 – 3:00 -FIYAWORKS (Reggae)

11:00 – 3:00  Reggae Lounge games and activities, including dominoes, games

 

 

Session 2 – Outdoor (4-8pm)

4:00 – 4:15   – DJ Smoov

3:00 – 7:00  – Kids & Culture

4:15 – 5:15  – Samba Lolo and Percussion (African Roots)

5:15 – 6:15  – DJ Smoov

6:15 – 7:15  –  Jah N I Roots Band (Roots Reggae)

7:15 – 8:00 –  DJ Smoov

4:30 – 8:00 –  Tempo International Steel Band (varies)

Session 2 – Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge) (4-8pm)

Photo Credit – House of Nahdra

DJ Nomadik

4:00 – 8:00 – DJ Nomadik

 5:00 – 5:30 – House of Nahdra Fashion Showcase with DJ Nomadik

6:30 – 7:30 – Dis-N-Dat (Reggae, Soca)

4:00 – 8:00  – Reggae Lounge games and activities, including dominoes, games

 

 

 Featured Bands

Jahriffe & JAH-N-I ROOTS MOVEMENT

Jahriffe & JAH-N-I ROOTS MOVEMENT – Roots Band release their first album “Rastafari Love” in 2005. A ten song album of a journey and purpose which received national & international audience attention. Jahriffe, lead vocal of JAH-N-I Roots Band began opening for great reggae musicians like Kymani Marley, Anthony B, Mighty Diamonds, Midnite, while also winning 2007 Urban Music Award. By 2013 still holding strong to the inspiration births forth a second JAH-N-I Roots Band release “Check Your Timing” an album of persistence and love for creating music with reason. Receiving great welcoming to the album from the listeners songs like Empress, You Remind Me, and Bless The Seed becoming fans favorites.  Alongside a 2014 performance opening for Chronixx was good promo for the release. In 2015 changes start to take place for the long standing Roots Reggae Band. Inspired for a new direction Jahriffe brings himself to the fore front as Jahriffe & JAH-N-I Roots Movement. The evolution created more vision for the task felt in the soul of Jahriffe. He becomes the voice and face of a music that defines an experience of humanity’s higher self. This metamorphoses opened up the platform to guest speaking at  Mobile Alabama University which led to many lectures in the US, and closing 2015 with an energetic performance supporting Kabaka Pyramid & Iba Mahr. Jahriffe takes it straight to the roots with a single giving veneration to his spiritual foundation of The Rastafari Movement.“Rasta Can’t Fade” single released October of 2016 awaken the souls of the people accompanied with a music video receiving more than 100 thousand YouTube views and currently growing. Gaining more support from fans, “Love is One” wins best video of the year 2016 Garrison Award. Keeping a steady flow, Jahriffe was awarded from the Mayor of Boston for he’s musical contribution during his live performance featured in the sold out 2016 African Fashion Week Boston. Jahriffe welcomes 2017 with a theatrical role as, Bob Marley in the play “ Its about Time” located at the historical Strand Theatre in Boston. His desire to be apart of the change for truth, rights, love and equality for all using Reggae Music as a vehicle to send the message, is alive and well within his community and beyond. Jahriffe delivers a hopeful, compassionate, fearless, inspired performance that re-awakens the JAH-N-I Roots Movement in the mind, body, and souls of he’s audience. The success of the movement continues to grow and develop a wanted experience by many. Jahriffe stands in the place with other humanitarian of the world, feeding the inspired with more inspiration.

FIYAWORKS

FIYAWORKS– Music is life and it crosses all boundaries and goes across all oceans. Just like the actual fireworks that burst in the air with their own unique splendor; so is the one and only: ‘FYAWORKS’

Johnny (Fyaworks) Graham, is a very talented and diverse artist, his music is alike yet still different in its own respect; his music captivates the mind and soothes the soul with his melodic voice and heartfelt songs. He touches all subjects pertaining to life and what’s going on in the world today. Fyaworks can put his sound to any track.

The name fyaworks, defines: an artistic display; the works of the fyah is always hot! The works of the Fire is love; but if you vex the fire you will get burned(musically Speaking). The fire! works, it can heal, mend broken hearts, bring joy to those feeling pain. His experience and knowledge of music, can be heard pulsating trough the speakers and swaying on the riddims. His a very positive artist; and uplifting, still he’s quick to turn over babylon corruption table. His musical moods change with each song, as you will hear, whether it be a love song, culture, dancehall, or voicing on a hip hop track, techno or soca; he’ll get it to the masses. All races and genres must hear my music says Fyah!

 

Riddim Symphony

RIDDIM SYMPHONY – Riddim Symphony is a band that was created in fall of 2016 by Berklee College of Music students who hail from various parts of the West Indies.  They specialize in Soca, Calypso, and Reggae. Over the past year, they have been performing at various universities, sharing their love for their culture as well as cultivating the carnival spirit everywhere they go. They have had the privilege to even open for Konshens at northeastern this past spring! Since then they have performed for  fashions shows like Boston Caribbean Fashion week and a fashion show held for Boston Carnival.

 

 

QEW LUNEL – Pierre Lunel Davilmar Jr. known professionally as Qew Lunel, is a ASCAP Member, World Artist with the heart and soul to be Reggae. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Qew Lunel came from a family of Music Enthusiasts, starting with Qew Lunel’s Mother and Father who both played the Guitar, also  an Uncle who was a Musician and Band Leader. Music has always moved Qew Lunel in a very deep and spiritual way. From a young boy Qew Lunel started writing and creating music at the age 11 with older Cousin, Hulls Charles. For the past year Qew Lunelhas been affiliated with the Loud N Proud Family which is a group of talented, motivated and focused Artists from New York, Jamaica, Florida, Africa, Italy, California and a few Artists from everywhere around the world. Qew Lunel has released the first single “Who Jah Bless No Man Curse” available via the Major Digital Music Distributors like iTunesGoogle Play, Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music, is a track from the upcoming album titled “Universal Language” which is scheduled to be in stores February 2017. The second single “Bun Dem (Listen Up)” will be available December 2016. A promotional single “Blessings” (which is a free download) is available exclusively on QewLunelMusic.com where fans may also view the “These Days” Video which was released last year and the “Blessings” Video which is also on YouTube. Qew Lunel has performed several Live Performances as a member of The All Fruits Ripe Band at the Milk River Restaurant & Lounge, Trash Bar, The Bitter End, Fontana’s, Best Bar & Desmond’s Tavern just to name a few of the most popular Venues and at many charitable events such as “Champs Kid’s Fashion Show For Children With Autism 2017, Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, Color Of Teal Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser At Hunter College and many more .Qew Lunel’s Music is registered to Rock With It Entertainment, an Independent Label since 2010.  www.qewlunelmusic.com, www.facebook.com/qewlunelmusic, www.instagram.com/qewlunel,

 DIS-N-DAT

Dis-N-Dat

 DIS-N-DAT – Formed in 1999 by four time grammy nominated Black Uhuru drummer ‘Rangotan and 6 time steel pan champion Sista D, Dis-N-Dat  has a unique sound, setting us apart from all the rest.  Dis-N-Dat incorporates Roots Reggae, Dance Hall and R&B in to a sound all our own known as Neo-Reggae, moving audiences all over the U.S. for almost 20 years.  We take the reggae to a new level, at the same time rocking the foundation sound that so many are looking for. The band has performed at many from venues like Chelo’s Bar and Grille in Rhode Island and the Hot Tin Roof on Martha’s Vineyard to large festivals like the MOJA Arts Festival (Charleston, SC), Midwest Reggae Festival (Southbend, ID), Seabreeze Reggae Festival (Long Beach, CA), Seacrets (Ocean City, MD).  Dis-N-Dat has also backed top International Reggae acts that include Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Anthony B, Everton Blender, Sister Nancy and many more. Dis-N-Dat continues to blaze a trail of vibes worldwide from shows to albums.  Our most recent album ‘One Perfect Love’ hit #7 in the Reggae Charts and we look forward to releasing ’Straight Up’ later this year.  A Dis-N-Dat performance is an truly experience to behold.

 

SAMBA LOLO

Samba Lolo

SAMBA LOLO – Singing in Bambara and Manding, Boubacar Diabate and Samba Lolo create a performance that spans the full spectrum of Traditional to Contemporary Malian music from West Africa combined with Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Bluegrass – Bouba sings of our common shared experience of love, life and humanity, giving all an opportunity to hear the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling through song

 

 

 

King Iliash

KING ILIBASH  

Featured DJ’s

DJ NOMADIK

DJ NOMADIK got her start as a DJ w/the Jazz Oasis show on WERS 88.9fm (Emerson College), She moved on to hiphop/reggae/soul shows from 2000-2004. following WERS, she spent 8 years as a DJ on WMBR (MIT) She has continued to broaden her DJing experience in various venues throughout the Greater Boston area, including private parties and occupying residencies at ZuZu in Cambridge, the Milky Way, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge Caribbean Carnival, Berklee College and Now at Jerk Fest in Boston to name a few. In addition to her DJing, Nomadik organizes, promotes, manages artists, & “Provides quality entertainment” for the Boston area & beyond. She has been creating shows & events on an on-going basis since 2001. The first party (just 2 weeks after 9-11 tragedy) sold out within the 1st hour at the original House of Blues (now on Landsdowne St.) Since then, she has gone on to produce various forms of cultural entertainment. DJ Nomadik was featured in Boston’s Weekly Dig Magazine as one of Boston’s core DJs (July 2007). Also in 2007, She won Best Promoter of the year at Boston’s M.I.C. awards. Additionally, Nomadik’s open mic event at Milky way won the “Dig this Awards 2007” BEST club night – Nomadik won 2009 Urban music award for best female DJ and was nominated Best DJ for the Boston fab awards 2015

 

DJ 4EIGN

DJ 4EIGHN – With music being a universal symbol of enjoyment and feeling for all who listen to and create it, such a form of leisure has created avenues all across the world that people can travel along. DJ 4eign hails as an ideal example of a musician who’s successfully maneuvered down these roads along his journey to success. Born in the African nation of Kenya, DJ 4eign (pronounced foreign) aka “the African kid”, has become a success locally and overseas as a result of his exploits as a highly acclaimed disc jockey. He has been steadily dominating the club and mixtape scene, as well as Djing for some of the industry greats such as: French Montana, Young MA, Fabolous, Usher, Mario, Juelz Santana, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Mr.Vegas, Kevin Lyttle, and Ayo Jay, just to name a few. DJ 4eign has also infiltrated the airwaves through various stations, such as SiriusXm & Boston’s WJMN JAMN’ 94.5 FM where you can find him hosting and mixing on the stations nightly weekend mix shows, along with hearing him afternoons on his weekend show. He also serves as producer/host and mixer on Tropical Blendz show on Sundays from 12-2am on Jamn 94.5 FM, which he prides in showcasing the talents of Caribbean and Afrobeat artists. A highlight to his ongoing radio career, Dj 4eign was recently promoted to be the afternoon voice on weekends, On-air Saturdays 12-2pm and Sundays 12-8pm. He is excited about his recent accomplishment because he can now show his versatility as an on-air radio personality, showcasing his talents past just being a DJ. But the goal doesn’t stop there, 4eign has his eyes set on being involved in every aspect of radio and beyond, taking advantage of every opportunity that comes with it.Dj 4eign prides himself on his versatility. He is able to command or control any event he is booked for or mix he throws down. A lover of music from an early age, which he attributes to his father always keeping music flowing throw the house speakers, 4eign can adapt to any situation. But it’s not just about the art of Djing for him, it’s about the experience. “Anyone can DJ nowadays….but not everyone can entertain” he asserts. That’s where he knows he stands out from the rest. Forever screaming his slogan “From Africa To the World” 4eign knows the world will come to know his name. www.instagram.com/dj4eign, www.soundcloud.com/dj4eign, www.twitter.com/dj4eign, www.facebook.com/dj4eign1

DJ SMOOV

DJ SMOOVE – DJ Smoov is one of Boston’s highly sought after, premiere and versatile DJ’s with over 10 years of experience. There is no doubt
when you enter a SmoovNetwork party you will leave BLOWN AWAY! DJ Smoov is known for his energy, smooth blends, seamless mixes and
overall ability to give the crowd EXACTLY what they came for. He is not only the man behind the turn tables, he is the man in the middle of the dance floor making sure his audience is well entertained. His efforts have brought him countless opportunities to exhibit his talents across the United States as well as internationally.From birthday parties, weddings, school events, concerts, clubs, upscale galas, and corporate events DJ Smoov makes sure to create a
FLAWLESS night for his clients. DJ Smoov has joined forces on many occasions with well-known artists whether it was opening a concert, creating a track or providing sound reinforcement. He is also the man behind Boston’s FIRST EVER Haitian Masquerade Camp, where he made sure that an audience of over 500,000 people saw and felt the Haitian Culture as the truck/float made its way down the parade route for several years. Along with his extensive list of hosted events, DJ Smoov still manages to put out a variety of mix tapes for your personal listening pleasure.What makes DJ Smoov stand out among all other DJ’s is that DJ Smoov has a couple of degrees in Audio Technology. Not only does he have an extensive educational background in Audio and musical culture, Dj Smoov is also a respected college professor. There so much more to being a DJ than playing music. When Dj Smoov a.ka. The “The DJ Professor” is on the tables he gives his audience an experience that they will never forget.