Second serving of Chicago Jerk Festival

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Clinton Garibaldi, a former music producer who now resides in the United States, has big plans for the second Chicago Jerk Festival on June 23 at Washington Park. The event is promoted by Jabari C G Productions and Africa International House.

“Chicago is the epicentre of the United States. A vast Caribbean population resides in the Midwest, and having the event in June serves two purposes. June is celebrated as Caribbean American Heritage Month and it also puts the culture of Jamaica and the Caribbean on display,” Garibaldi told the Jamaica Observer.

He estimates the inaugural show last year attracted over 5,000 patrons.

“Last year's staging had patrons fully immersed in the Caribbean culture. We had art and craft vendors displaying various artefacts, clothing and jewellery. There were lots of jerk dishes available and patrons had their fill,” said Garibaldi.

Next month's show has a diverse cast of performers. For the mature fan, there is rocksteady/reggae singer Errol Dunkley while Destra from Trinidad and Tobago brings the soca vibe. Aidonia and Mad Cobra will cater to the dancehall demographic, with Stonebwoy from Ghana representing Afro-beat and dancehall.

Garibaldi said organisers will launch the Chicago Jerk Festival Foundation, a non-profit thrust to help children in underserved populations in Chicago and the Caribbean.

Originally from Kingston, Garibaldi's P&L Records had success in 2006 with the Holiday rhythm which produced hit songs such as Charm by Bounty Killer and Holiday by Lexxus. He also produced A Who, which is from Buju Banton's Grammy-winning album, Before The Dawn.

Garibaldi migrated to the United States more than 10 years ago.

Comedian Pretty Boy Floyd and Field Marshall are co-hosts for the Chicago Jerk Festival.

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