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Go Pato for reggae-infused Tunes & Tacos

Get ready to feel irie this Saturday with the return of Tunes & Tacos, which will be held at Central Park at Mill Creek.

The 18-and-over event has a "reggae in the park" theme reinforced by headliner Pato Banton, the Grammy-nominated reggae legend who will close the show.

Event organizer Manuel Gutierrez said they haven't done a reggae theme since the first event (this is the sixth).

"Every Tunes & Tacos has been different. ... We've done Latin events, rock events and we're going back to the reggae. It's a whole different style of music and audience."

"Pato Banton is more roots reggae. He brings an older crowd as well. His style is more like Bob Marley."

Other supporting reggae artists for the day include Tunnel Vision, Hazmatt, Kali Sol, Dub Seeds, Junior Toots, OP Stylee and Jaymonson.

DJs Noe G and Nick Q will play between sets.

Living up to the other half of the event's name is the taco competition, which will have six contestants: Nov's Soul Spot, Homie's Tacos, Zaddy's Tacos, Don Chepe's, Cowboys Country 661 social club and Elements Venue, which is operated by Gutierrez, one of the event organizers.

There will be awards for first, second and third in the competition that will include a plaque and cash prize.

Guests can purchase tacos and other food from the vendors, including barbecue from Nov's Soul Spot. VIP ticket holders will receive vouchers to try each taco.

There will also be a michelada tent and piña colada and margarita booths.

Gates open at 1 p.m. (noon for VIPs) and the festival runs until 9 p.m. at the park, 500 19th St.

Admission is $28, $77 for VIPs, $62 for VIPs under age 21; all tickets include fees with online purchase. VIP tickets include six taco vouchers, three draft beers (for those over 21) and reserved seats near the stage. Purchase tickets at or

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.