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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.

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Friday Night, June 23, 2016


6:00- 7:30 Music

7:30 – 9:00 Cocktail Throwdown

9:00 – 9:30 Music

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

6:00 – 9:30  DJ Nomadik

6:30 – 9:00  Cocktail Demos

6:00 – 9:30  Tasting Vendors

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

Upstairs Tasting Room

6:00 – 6:30 VIP Tasting

6:30 – 9:30  Tasting Vendors

6:30 – 7:15  Bouba Diabate Band

8:30 – 9:15  Bouba Diabate Band


Saturday, June 24, 2017

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11:00 – 11:30 DJ Rugged One

11:00 -3:00  Kids & Culture with Afrobeat Fit

11:30 – 12:30  Mamadou Band

12:30 – 1:45 DJ Rugged One

1:45 – 2:45  Heirloom Seeds Band

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

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

11:00 – 3:00  DJ Smoov

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

Session 2


4:00 – 4:15   DJ Smoov

3:00 – 7:00  Kids & Culture with Afrobeat Fit


4:15 – 5:15  Samba Lolo

5:15 – 6:15  DJ Smoove

6:15 – 7:15   Jahriffe & JAH-N-I ROOTS MOVEMENT

7:15 – 8:00  DJ Smoov

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

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

4:00 – 8:00 DJ Rugged One

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


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.


Greg Fils-Aime aka DJ Rugged One has been in the game for many years and has firmly established a name for himself in the industry as a professional deejay and producer. Spinning at numerous bars, lounges & clubs, he effortlessly creates a vibe that keeps the dance floor packed. Holding a residency in Brooklyn, NY (Last Exit Bar) for the past year, he continues to be recognized for his style and grace. His passion for music naturally led him into the realm of music production, where he actively takes on remix projects and creates brand new material with a plethora of skilled artists. Rugged One earned his stripes during his years as a competitive DJ, placing as a finalist in many battles, never failing to intimidate and turn heads! He continues to be sought after and commissioned to create mix CDs for respected organizations in the hip hop realm, including Undergroundhiphop.com, Brick Records and others, all while juggling his own independent releases. Receiving notable praise in a vast array of publications & websites, Rugged has evolved over the years to become the “total package,” a DJ who can satisfy the purest of hip hop heads, the wildest of college club-goers and everything in between, taking you on a musical trip in the process. He enjoys what he does and is a true entertainer.


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


Heirloom Seeds is an original Southern Vermont and Boston Massachusetts based Roots Reggae band. They range from an acoustic trio to a thirteen piece orchestra as featured on their premiere album ‘Kebra’. Heirloom Seeds are also known for their work as a backing band for artists such as Lady Lee (Barbados), Kirsty Rock (Easy Star Allstars/Trumystic), Ras Takura (Jamaica), and King I Sankofa (Trinidad). Their sound stays true to the old school regal drum and bass with a spirited ‘back to the land’ homespun message. Organic seed saving and biodynamic farming practices are thematic to the Heirloom Seeds lyrical mission. Lead singer Daniel Anbessa brings a powerful message calling for localized sustainable living practices over commercial GMO pesticide contamination and fossil fuel reliance. In this hands on role Heirloom Seeds has secured herself a vital place in the ever growing ‘conscious reggae’ movement. Members of Heirloom Seeds have backed many great Reggae artists like Rebelle (Senegal/MA), Toots and the Maytals (Jamaica), Trumystic (NY), Rocker T (CA), Aziz Boukote (Senegal/France), Bigga Hatian (Haiti), Toussaint (MA), Al Pancho (Jamaica), Manjul (Mali), and Jahriffe (VI/MA). The Worldliness and easygoing stage presence of the band brings Heirloom Seeds in close contact with an ever widening circle of fans, venues, and artist collaborations. Heirloom Seeds’ first album ‘Kebra’ released in 2015 was self produced and mastered by Igrade Records in St Croix VI. The title track ‘Kebra’ or ‘Glorify’ in the ancient Geez language of Ethiopia is characteristic of Heirloom Seeds deep spiritual content. They are currently working on a second album ‘Tehellim/Psalms’ to be released in 2016 that furthers their connection with clean organic living and cultured Ras Tafarian mysticism.


No other band performs with such a command of African poly-rhythms and as high an energy as MAMADOU. Performing original songs and arrangements, MAMADOU has developed a unique sound that WILL GET YOU TO DANCE!! The rhythms that emanate from MAMADOU are infectious, and have to be experienced to be understood. The truly multicultural band is led by the immensely talented Mamadou Diop (pronounced ‘maa-maa-doo jop’).  Prior to coming to the United States, Mamadou Diop (known throughout West Africa as Modou Diop) was a recognized rhythm guitarists from Senegal with a unique approach to music. He toured Africa, Europe, and Canada performing with some of Senegal’s most noted musicians and bands (including those of Orchestra Baobab, Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour, Thione Seck, etc.).  Today, Mamadou resides in Massachusetts, constantly writing and arranging new materials that are introduced routinely in front of live audiences. Surrounded by some of the top musicians in New England, he and his band are ready to bring their creations to you!  Says Mamadou:
“It is my wish for this music to be in direct contact with the soul of the audience, to lift up their spirits and to bring a sense of freedom to their minds.”