The second annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival doesn’t happen until September but it has already nailed down some impressive headliners, including Sting and Stevie Wonder, as Jay Smith reports for pollstar.com.
Taking place during Labor Day Weekend on the Caribbean island of Curacao at the World Trade Center in Piscadera Bay, Sept. 2-3, the first day’s lineup includes Sting, Chic featuring Niles Rodgers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Terence Blanchard with Poncho Sanchez, Danilo Perez Trio, Kassav, Branford Marsalis Quartet and Levi Silvanie.
Stevie Wonder tops the Sept. 3 lineup that also includes Juan Luis Guerra, Chucho Valdes & Afro Cuban Messengers, Ruben Blades, Dionne Warwick, Roberto Fonseca and Ronchi Matthew.
A glance at the festival’s name might make you think it’s taking place somewhere in northern Europe if only because one rarely hears “North Sea” and “Caribbean” mentioned in the same sentence. Until only a few months ago, Curacao was considered part of the Netherlands Antilles cluster of islands. Although the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in October 2010, Curacao still belongs to the Kingdom Of The Netherlands, the same country that hosts the mammoth North Sea Jazz Festival.
The Curacao festival is teasing “pop-up” concerts that might take place during the week leading up to the event and is pushing the fact that the island receives twice weekly nonstop flights on Continental Airlines from New Jersey. Other flight options include twice-a-day hops from Miami via American Airlines and local carrier InselAir flying once a day from Miami Sunday through Friday.
Tickets for this year’s Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival start at $185. Check out the event’s website for more information.
For the original report go to http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2011/04/13/763575.aspx