By Adrian Carlos |Staff Writer|
Excellent Jamaican food, authentic local reggae bands and genuine artwork are what completed this year’s One Love Reggae Night.
The sixth annual Reggae Night was put together by the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) and Cross Cultural Center.
The coordinator for this event was Tamara Holder, who is the coordinator of the Cross Cultural and Osher Adult Re-Entry Center.
“Reggae is the great unifier, it brings people together and exposes them to a broader diverse group of people, the Reggae Night is an event that is student oriented and is for the students,” said Holder.
The Reggae Night was showcasing original tone Jamaican paintings that were for sale by Tony Beconcious (The Ghetto Mandel).
Beconcious said, “I am more than happy to showcase and sell my Rastafarian pieces of Bob Marley and the Jamaican culture.”
The event put out a warming atmosphere and included free Jamaican food, catered and served by Stone’s and Chin’s Jamaican Restaurant and Bar.
Stone’s and Chin’s prepared rice, beans and a “mouthwatering” curry chicken.
“The chicken was ripe and the music was chill,” said student Matt Bell.
The Reggae Night featured three bands, two of which were local.
Riverside’s own Living Stones, all the way from Waikoloa Village, HI Rian Basilio & The Roosters, and El Monte natives Two Tone Boners, played at the event with a mix of reggae and ska.
The Reggae Night even hosted Club Sevilla’s very own DJ Gabe, who was playing music and sound control for the bands.
The CSUSB Street Team was also in attendance.
The group is in charge of making the flyers and promoting events for the Student Union, which they did for this event.
The Street Team was also giving away and raffling prizes for students who were participating in their games and surveys.
Student Cleo Upshaw said, “The Jamaican food was awesome, I loved the sunglasses I won from the Street Team, and… I loved the artwork and the opportunity to meet new people.”
Student Raquel Fiorello, a first time attendee, said, “The reggae festival was lovely and the groups of students here were so welcoming.”
All of the bands who performed were recommended by students.
“We aim to bring student bands first, and give a variety of groups a chance to play for the Reggae night, but change them out periodically,” said Holder.
Approximately 250 students showed up.
“Its all about a multicultural gathering, and all for Bob Marley the father of reggae,” said Holder.