JAzz & Arts un­folds

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

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!

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