‘We cer­tainly love it there’

Cape Bre­ton Jazz and World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val draws large crowd in North Syd­ney

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/ Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

An evening of singing and danc­ing high­lighted the an­nual Cape Bre­ton Jazz and World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on the North­side, Fri­day.

The Cuban band Los Pri­mos, fea­tur­ing Au­gusto En­riquez and Jeff Good­speed, took cen­tre stage for a per­for­mance at the North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney, which or­ga­niz­ers are call­ing a suc­cess.

Carl Getto, founder and or­ga­nizer of the fes­ti­val, said about 100 peo­ple at­tended the show, which kicked off the week­long fes­ti­val.

“I was very pleased with how things went. We had peo­ple from all parts of the Cape Bre­ton show up,” he said. “We had a lot of peo­ple up on the dance floor for most of the evening and the Cuban group liked it.”

Getto wasn’t sur­prised with the turnout for the show.

“(Los Pri­mos) were here a cou­ple of years ago and they had a great turnout then, so I think they were an­tic­i­pat­ing a good turnout as well and that’s what hap­pened,” said Getto.

“For some in at­ten­dance they were peo­ple who are reg­u­lar trav­ellers to Cuba and prob­a­bly danced down there,” he said. “For oth­ers it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for them to hear and dance to this kind of mu­sic.”

With the fes­ti­val’s con­tin­ued suc­cess on the North­side, Getto ex­pects to re­turn to the com­mu­nity for an­other per­for­mance next year.

“We cer­tainly love it there – they have been very sup­port­ive,” said Getto. “We have a rich area to draw from, of course you have North Syd­ney, Syd­ney Mines and all the sur­round­ing ar­eas that sur­round those two com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Cape Bre­ton Jazz and World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will con­tinue this week with per­for­mances sched­uled at the Hearth­stone Inn in Syd­ney.

For full sched­ule visit the fes­ti­val web­site at www.cape­bre­ton­jaz­zfes­ti­val.com.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED/KIM H LANTZ

Au­gusto En­riquez, cen­tre, of Los Pri­mos per­forms at the North­ern Yacht Club in North Syd­ney, Fri­day. Or­ga­niz­ers say 100 peo­ple at­tended the per­for­mance.

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