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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 Schedule

Friday Night, June 22, 2018

Outdoor Patio

6:00- 7:30  –  DJ Nomadik

7:30 – 9:00 – Cocktail Throwdown

9:00 – 9:30  – DJ Nomadik

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

6:00 – 9:30 –  DJ Nomadik

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


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Session 1


11:00 – 11:30 – DJ Smoov

11:00 -3:00  – Kids & Culture 

11:30 – 12:30  – Band TBD

12:30 – 1:45 – DJ Rugged One

1:45 – 2:45  – Band TBD

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

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

Photo Credit – House of Nahdra

11:00 – 3:00  – DJ Nomadik

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

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

4:15 – 5:15  – Band TBD

5:15 – 6:15  – DJ Smoov

6:15 – 7:15  –  Band TBD

7:15 – 8:00 –  DJ Smoov

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

Indoor (Downstairs Reggae Lounge)

4:00 – 8:00 – DJ Nomadik

Photo Credit – House of Nahdra


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

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




Featured Bands


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.

Featured DJ’s

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