The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is gearing up for its famed music festival, the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, a 13-day event which takes place mostly at the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark and other venues such as Fond d’Or Heritage Park in Dennery, Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie, Port Castries, and Derek Walcott Square. The 2013 Jazz and Arts Festival will also host the popular “Jazz on the Square” in the heart of Castries and a return to the picturesque open-air venue of Balenbouche Estate in the south. The festival opens on April 30 and culminates on Mother’s Day, May 12.
Performances will be varied including musicians such as Trinidadian-born trumpet player Etienne Charles; Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca; contemporary jazz bands from the French Antilles, Fal Frett; Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson; bandleader and mambo musician Tito Puente Jr.; and electric guitarist The John Scofield Uberjam Band. There will also be performances by akon, Ginuwine, The Jacksons, Saint Lucian songwriter ACE, R Kelly (Robert Sylvester Kelly), the Ojays, and acclaimed Caribbean maestro David Rudder.
Besides the numerous music performances, activities will include drama, dance, steel pan shows, spoken word performances, fashion shows, and other cultural events. The festival will open with much fanfare at the ‘people’s auditorium’—the Mindoo Phillip Park—with a line-up that will be announced shortly.
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