JAzz & Arts unfolds
It opened with a bang last evening at the Mindoo Phillip Park and from now until May 8 the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, now into its 25 year is expected to keep patrons riveted, entertained and thrilled. Visitors are expected to come from all over the globe for the annual event organized by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and which features events all over the island including Vieux Fort, Choiseul, Soufriere, Marigot, Castries, Monchy and Gros Islet. T oday April 30 Marigot Fusion Jazz will feature Midnight Groovers among others while on Sunday May 1 Soufriere Jazz under the Pitons will feature headliners Maxi Priest and Wyclef. Vieux Jazz a La Chaudiere on Monday May 2 will be headlined by Reggae crooner Sanchez.
As part of the arts component the Cultural Icons series-Tribute to Vergie Alexander will be held May 1 at the NC, while the Blue Session (spoken word) will take place May 2 at the Arts Village, Choc. The village will be open throughout the week, featuring various components of the arts. The Shakespeare Globe Theatre will present Omeros May 3 at the NC and the following day May 4 the annual Hot Couture fashion show takes place at Sandals Grande. O n May 5 the NC will host the Jazz showcase with Joey Alexander and Donald Harrison. Another community event Monchy Mizik en Kweyol takes place May 3 and the calendar for the week will also include Jazz on the Square, Jazz on the beach at Windjammer, Jazz at Tapas on the Bay, Tea Time Jazz and many more activities. The SLTB ’s main stage program continues Friday May 6 at Pigeon Island with a Caribbean night featuring TJ with Kes and Da’ville as well as Omi and Shaggy. On Saturday May 7 the Pigeon Island stage will be graced by Omarion, BWB, Irvin Ace Loctar and Kassav. The finale on Sunday May 8 will feature Marc Anthony, Kassav, George Benson, Boo Hinkson, Air Supply and Kool and the gang.
Multi talented Ace! Balladeers Air Supply! Silky Reggae singer Sanchez! Child prodigy Joey Alexander!
Mr. Lover, lover Shaggy! Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter George Benson!
Zouk masters Kassav!