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Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Fest Announces Celebrity Judges, Music Lineup

Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival returns on February 9 this year to honor Jamaican music, food, crafts and more. This year’s festival will feature seven celebrity guest judges and over 15 musical performances. Each judge will help crown a winner of New Orleans’ Scotch Bonnet pepper-eating contest and Jerk Chicken Cook-Off Competition.

Celebrity Guest Judges Include:

1) Wild Wayne

2) Chef and restaurateur Edgar Caro

3) producer BlaqNMild

4) Anthony Dazet from @EatingNOLA

5) Celebrity chef Ashley Jonique

6) Social media maven LaStarya

7) Jet Life records DJ Kelly Green

Besides the food-inspired events and competitions, Marley Gras Festival will present music from Jamaican reggae to New Orleans brass and bounce. This musical mix will create a Jamaican and New Orleans fusion bigger and better than years of the past. With both outdoor and indoor stages, Marley Gras musical performances will make every attendee want to groove and jam throughout the festival!

2019 Musical Lineup Includes:

Main Stage:

Hosted by: MC Cheefa Kush & Downtown Leslie Brown

1:00 p.m. – DJ T-Roy

1:30pm – Yard Squad Band

2:15pm – Denisia

2:30pm – K.O.B. Brass Band

3:00pm – Second Line w/ Mardi Gras Indians

3:30pm – Zion

4:25pm – Scotch Bonnet Pepper Eating Competition

5:25pm – CASME

6:20pm – Hot Boy Ronald

6:30pm – Hasizzle

6:40pm – Game Ova Skip, Big Choo Live, Dior, Satchmo Slim, Bruce Dillion, Young Hub City

7:25pm – Jerk Chicken Cook-Off Competition

8:00pm – Robin Barnes performing Bob Marley

8:15pm – Rayvon


Indoor Stage:

1:00pm – DJ Megatron 

3:00pm – DJ Raj Smoove

4:00pm – DJ Jubilee

5:00pm – Tashia
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 before 3 p.m., cash only. Children’s tickets are $5. To buy tickets online, click here. For more information regarding details of Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival, visit