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Food, flavors of Caribbean served up at Boston JerkFest Plus 1 Recipe and Cocktail!

The bright, spicy flavors, sights and sounds of the Caribbean light up the South End Saturday during the second annual Boston JerkFest.

The family-friendly street festival features about three dozen local restaurants, food vendors, crafts makers, brewers­ and distillers, along with live music, cooking and mixology demos and a pair of chef “throwdown” seafood and jerk cooking competitions. Read more

Meet the Next Generation of Musical Marleys (@JoMersaMarley) and @Daniel_Bambaata

A decade after Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers followed in their father’s musical footsteps with Play the Game Right, two of Bob’s other sons, Stephen and Damian, surprised many with solo releases that added hip-hop and dancehall to their father’s classic reggae sound. Now, a generation later, it’s Bob’s grandchildren who are mixing it up, making music that incorporates contemporary influences from around the globe

“It’s not like I just grew up with reggae culture,” says Daniel Bambaata Marley, the oldest of Ziggy’s six kids, whose singles “Treat You Right” and “Live It in a Fear” find the 24-year-old singing over melodic reggae rhythms but whose Soundcloud highlights an affinity for vintage hip-hop. “When I came to Miami for school, I was in the cipher with all my friends rapping, but the root of my music, regardless of if it might sound a different way, is always reggae.” Read more

Hot Young Reggae artist Chronixx (@IAmChronixx) to play at Dreamland

In a joint effort with Dreamland in Oak Bluffs, Nectar’s summer concert series is back with the first show of the season by up-and-coming Jamaican reggae revival artist Chronixx and his band, Zincfence Redemption. The doors of Dreamland will open to the 21+ crowd for the show this Thursday, July 3, at 9 pm.

Jamar “Chronixx” McNaughton’s performances feature a smooth voice and stimulating lyrics over Diplo’s Major Lazer-backed mixtapes. The young artist found his musical footing during studio visits with his father, reggae musician Chronicle, where Burro Banton and Gregory Isaacs, among others, became his peers. He wandered the Jamaican music scene performing gospel harmonies in high school for artists Jermaine Edwards and Lutan Fyah and creating rhythms for Icebox and Maverick Records. Now 21 years old, he beckons “Rasta youths” in his lyrics and synth-heavy beats that hint at the coming of a reggae revolution.

City One Sound and DJ Kalif will entertain the crowd before and after the show. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Visit for more information.