Reggae, jerk chicken and Scotch bonnets take over Central City BBQ_lowres


The second annual Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival combines Jamaican and New Orleans music and food at Central City BBQ Saturday, Jan. 20. Caribbean sounds include performances by Jamaican reggae, hip-hop and soul singer Ammoye, Hawaiian reggae singer TEKI and Jam-X, which combines reggae, ska, soca and other Caribbean sounds. DJ T-Roy mixes reggae and dance hall music. Also performing are the TBC Brass Band, One Love Brass Band, hip-hop artist OG Blake Owens, bounce dancer Game Ova Skip and DJ Megatron.

  There's Jamaican food from 14 Parishes, Boswell's Jamaican Grill, Island Paradise Restaurant & Grill, Johnny's Jamaican Grill, Karibu Kitchen, Irie Nyammings and Queen Trini Lisa. There's also barbecue from Central City BBQ, and New Orleans cuisine from Miss Linda Green The Yakamein Lady, phyto-NOLA, Cue's Cajun Corner, Loretta's Authentic Pralines and Fluffy Cakes Cupcakes. Vegetarian items are available.

  The festival includes a Scotch bonnet pepper-eating contest and a jerk chicken-cooking contest. There's also a vendors' market. Admission at the gate is cash only: $10 before 3 p.m., $12 after 3 p.m.; $5 for children. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 20. Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St., (504) 558-4276;