Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant in Marigot Bay Announces its Dinner Jazz Week Programme For Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2015

The established Rainforest Hideaway jazz venue in Marigot Bay is expanding its normal jazz programme to all seven nights of Jazz Week – from Sunday, May 3rd through Saturday, May, 9th featuring some of St Lucia’s best-known jazz musicians. Dine each evening to the soft jazz of Emerson Nurse and Empress Ila, Jab Duplesis, Allison Marquis, Zak Popo and Christa, the St Lucia School of Music quintet – and their musician friends. For Jazz Week , Rainforest has expanded its Dinner Jazz programme to all seven nights between Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th starting at 7:00pm each evening – featuring:   SUNDAY, May 3rd – Allison Marquis & Friends – including Wagner Trinidade MONDAY, May 4th – Zak Popo and Christa – guitar-based jazz and vocals TUESDAY, May 5th – Allison Marquis and Clarence Joseph – steel pan jazz with trumpet WEDNESDAY, May 6th – St Lucia School of Music Jazz Quintet – featuring Wagner Trinidade THURSDAY, May 7th – Jab Duplesis & Hilary Lewis – saxophone and trombone FRIDAY, May 8th – Jab Duplesis & Friends – saxophone and vocals SATURDAY, May 9th – Emerson Nurse & Empress Ila – keyboard jazz and vocals   Call (1 758) 286 0511 or (1 758) 451 4485 or visit www.RainForestHideawayStLucia.com for more...

The Cadet Concert Inaugural Celebration Of The Cultural Icon Series Set For May 3rd 2015

Under the Distinguished Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, The Cultural Development Foundation, the Saint Lucia School of Music are proud to bring you the The Cadet Concert! The inaugural celebration of The Cultural Icon Series – hosted within the 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. We invite you to join with us in celebration of Charles Cadet: A sensational musical tribute to the legacy of Saint Lucia’s foremost composer, Charles Cadet - Savor interpretations of his much loved music including Banjo Man, Chanson Marianne, the Legend of Tom Fool, and the world premiere of his exciting new work “Le Fin Journée” Experience the full spectrum of Charles Cadet’s musical brillianc – Folk, Latin, Sacred, Contemporary and Jazz, featuring: Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Derede Williams, Lennie Stone, Elra Ermay, Shayne Ross, Special Blend, Jessie Leonce, Ready, Jessy Billy, Saint Lucia School of Music Orchestra and many more!!! The Cadet Concert - not to be missed! Sunday 3rd May at 7:30 pm in the newly refurbished National Cultural Centre. Tickets are just $75 available from The Cell, Budget Travel, Splendour Gifts, the CDF, and St. Lucia School of Music.   Presenting Sponsor: The Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Silver Sponsor the Ministry of Tourism Heritage and Creative...

Arts Village Set To Thrill For The 24th Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival

Scores of artisans to display and exhibit their wares! Saint Lucia (April 17, 2015) – The skill, talent and creativity of Saint Lucian artisans are to be exhibited to the world when the popular Rodney Bay strip in the north is transformed into a performance and craft mecca, as part of the Arts component of the re-energized 24th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. A major four-day Arts Village, positioned between the Bay Walk and J. Q. Malls in the north, will take festival patrons on a riveting and inspiring journey of Saint Lucia’s rich cultural and historical legacy, as told through vivid portrayals of artists, crafters and designers, all selling authentic Saint Lucian paintings, pottery, clothing, jewellery, gift items, sculpture, local condiments, souvenirs and more. From May 6 to 9, the Rodney Bay Strip will come alive with artistic displays from dozens of Saint Lucia’s most acclaimed artisans.  The Village will be opened from 11am – 5pm on weekdays and from 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. “The Art Village will showcase all things local and will give festival goers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with artists, while learning and observing first-hand the extraordinary skills, talents and abilities of both aspiring and well established artisans,” notes Chairman of the Cultural Development Foundation Petrus Compton. The Arts Village, which will also include LIVE ART demonstrations ranging from Community canvas art, installation art and live body art, will be fuelled by on-the-spot entertainment, interspersed throughout the day which will feature some of the island’s best known entertainers.  Activities will include traditional masquerade, fashion, performance poetry, street...

Monchy Jazz: Mizik En Kwéyòl Set For Tuesday May 5th 2015

Music, culture and heritage enthusiasts are to be thrilled again in 2015 when the Monchy Mizik En Kweyol (MMEK) Committee on Tuesday May 5th presents its annual jazz staple “Monchy: Mizik En Kwéyòl”. The event was conceptualized in 2012 with an aim to promote local artistes and facilitate the participation of indigenous musical ensembles during the very popular Saint Lucia Jazz Festival (now rebranded the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival). In addition, the organizers endeavored to stimulate local economic development in the community of Monchy by encouraging vendors to capitalize on the event by offering their goods and services to the public. Confirmed acts for 2015 include The Royal Saint Lucia Police Band; a band graced with Saint Lucia’s most talented musicians, known for having an inexhaustible repertoire of music, The Secret Band; a folk band from La Bourne, Monchy, acclaimed as the best solo group on the island, Avot Servis; a local band producing a combination of folk, regional and international blends, performed in a sweet mixture of English and Kweyol, The Invader, Saint Lucia’s multiple calypso monarch who will be performing his complete Creole repertoire. Headlining the event will be the Derek Yarde Project (DYP); a local band known for its perfect renditions of calypso, zouk, cadence, etc. All in all, the objective of the event is to share in the spirit of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, promote ethno-musicality and contribute to the overall diversity of the Festival through greater local community participation. The event has been branded a cultural showcase of traditional music, dance, art and food. From inception, members of the...