“The Best Lit­tle Jazz Show In Town” Re­turns in 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Ken­son Hip­polyte Choco­late Berthier

In May 2016, SEAFARI St Lucia and renowned Saint Lu­cian gui­tarist Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son pro­duced the in­au­gu­ral ‘Voices on the Bay/Boo, Jazz and Big Chef’ mu­sic cel­e­bra­tion - a week of spe­cialty live mu­sic events held in ob­ser­vance of the 25th an­niver­sary of the then Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val. This year they’re back with an even big­ger cel­e­bra­tion! At this one-of-a-kind se­ries of events, pa­trons can en­joy two weeks of in­ti­mate din­ing and con­cert ex­pe­ri­ences be­gin­ning May 6th.

The ‘Boo, Jazz and Big Chef’ pro­duc­tion held at Big Chef Steak­house will fea­ture Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son and some of Saint Lucia’s most ex­cep­tional jazz mu­si­cians. Lo­cated in the heart of Rodney Bay, Big Chef Steak­house is cher­ished for its per­fectly pre­pared An­gus beef, crisp sal­ads, suc­cu­lent lo­cal fish and other seafood, and its chic and com­fort­able lounge bar with its killer cock­tails and top tier wine list.

‘Voices on the Bay’, at the beau­ti­ful wa­ter­front restau­rant Tapas on the Bay, will show­case some of Saint Lucia’s finest ris­ing stars.

Of­ten de­scribed as the lan­guage of feel­ing and pas­sion, mu­sic can be a beau­ti­ful re­minder of the most touch­ing times of our lives. We can all as­so­ci­ate songs, bands or even gen­res of mu­sic with par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ences. Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son, who has been awarded the pres­ti­gious OBE for ser­vices to mu­sic, has been mak­ing sweet mu­sic in Sim­ply Beau­ti­ful Saint Lucia for more than three decades. From the leg­endary Tru Tones group to his now solo act, Boo is supremely gifted and is espe­cially loved for his tech­ni­cal prow­ess and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. For ‘Boo and Friends’ on Satur­day May 6th, he will be joined by Bar­bara Cadet on sax­o­phone, Clarence Joseph on trum­pet, Hi­lary Lewis on trom­bone, Nicky Pam­phile on bass and vo­cal­ist Semi Werner Fran­cis. He and Fran­cis will re­turn on Satur­day May 13th.

As if the above were not al­ready a mu­si­cal menu made in heaven, also in con­cert at Big Chef will be the ac­com­plished Saint Lu­cian pi­anist Richard Payne, best known as a co-founder of Blue­mango, the We­spé Pou Ay­iti Project and Alibi, and a se­ries of un­for­get­table evenings with Ken­son Hip­polyte on pi­ano and vo­cals.

Tapas on the Bay - fa­mous for in­cor­po­rat­ing tra­di­tional bite-sized tapas with Saint Lu­cian and Caribbean in­flu­ences, fine wines, san­grias and other pitcher drinks - will host ‘Voices on the Bay,’ a Boo Hink­son pro­duc­tion co­or­di­nated by Dupes Did It Mu­sic’s Jonelle James and Sher­winn Dupes Brice. The events at the funky Span­ish-style set­ting on the Rodney Bay wa­ter­front will launch on May 7th with a Sun­day Brunch and Jazz af­fair fea­tur­ing Bar­bara Cadet. New to this year’s event is ‘Up­starts on the Bay’, a show­case of in­no­va­tive young Saint Lu­cian en­ter­prises: Ca­cao Sainte Lucie (choco­late), Cel­e­bra­tion Av­enue (hand­made cus­tom pa­per goods for spe­cial oc­ca­sions), For­ever Fac­tory (sta­tionery), In­spi’d by Lully (cro­cheted biki­nis), Jem Art (art work) and Na­tureskei (or­ganic food de­liv­ery). The evening will close with a din­ner con­cert fea­tur­ing Sher­winn Dupes Brice, Linda “Choco­late” Berthier and Ken­son Hip­polyte.

The bliss­ful evenings of in­ti­mate din­ing and con­cert ex­pe­ri­ences con­tinue with show­cases of some of Saint Lucia’s finest ris­ing stars. Ex­pe­ri­ence un­ri­valled per­for­mances from Irvin “Ace” Loc­tar, Ju­liana & Paul K, Mayah “Aiyah” Leonce, Olivia Abra­ham, Rob Zi Tay­lor & Phy­ness, Shanne James, Shan­non Pinel, Shayne Ross and Wil­burne.

Make your reservations to­day and pre­pare for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. Sooth­ing sounds, an un­ri­valled selec­tion of wines, a de­lec­ta­ble menu and a su­perb at­mos­phere await you, your friends and fam­ily at Big Chef Steak­house and Tapas on the Bay. Dine and Jazz with us. We want you to be a part of the cel­e­bra­tion! Wed­nes­day May 10th Shan­non Pinel Aiyah Olivia Abra­ham Irvin ‘Ace’ Loc­tar Thurs­day May 11th Ju­liana and Paul K Fri­day May 12th Rob Zi Tay­lor & Phy­ness Wed­nes­day May 17th Shan­non Pinel Wil­burne Shanne James Shayne Ross

Bar­bara Cadet.

Rob Zi Tay­lor & Phy­ness.

Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son.

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