2014-03-31 15:57:16 - Fond d’Or Jazz will return for its celebration of authentic Saint Lucian folk sounds, fusion and smooth jazz and Caribbean Party
For the fourteenth year running, on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 10:00p.m.
This year the festival will play host to Saint Lucia’s Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, a founding artiste of the event and internationally renowned Saint Lucian musician and composer.
Remaining true to its objectives of promoting the island’s cultural tourism, creative industries and civic pride, Fond d’Or Jazz will welcome new local performers Avot Sevis - a Kweyol folk act, Heart and Soul, Shayne Ross, and Irvin “Ace” Loctor.
Fond d’Or jazz has made a name for itself over the last 13 years as the kick-off event of ‘taking jazz to the people’ during the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. “Be it the cool Atlantic breeze;
the people; the culinary delights and exquisite social ambience, nestled in the rustic plantation setting on the east coast of Saint Lucia, Fond d’Or jazz has all the right ingredients to take patrons on a unique journey to jazz,” says a spokesman for the Fond d’Or Foundation.
A special treat, will be Tracy Hamlin, an emerging artiste in the USA and Grammy nominee, who has recorded with Ronald “Boo” Hinkson. Hamlin will perform her latest productions and new compositions.
Building on last year's scintillating festival with French mega group Kassav that saw as many as 6,000 attendees, the 2014 Fond d’Or Jazz will close with a reggae party featuring, Jamaica’s Morgan Heritage.
Fond d'Or Nature Heritage Park will boast a designated area with a wide range of entertainment activities for children.
Tickets are $EC80.00 (US$35.00) adults, while children under the age of 12, accompanied by parents or guardians, enter absolutely free. Tickets may be purchased at ticket outlets to be announced soon or at the gate on the day of the event, May 3rd.
Fond d’Or Jazz is a community event produced by the Fond d’Or Foundation, a not-for-profit community group.
About the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival opens on April 30th 2014 at the Mindoo Phillip Park. The festival’s main headliners include celebrated multiple Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Dee-Dee Bridgewater, Barrington Levy, Teddyson John featuring Alison Hinds, P-Square, Tessanne Chin and Maxwell. The EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the 2014 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. PLATINUM sponsor is Digicel - Be Extraordinary. GOLD sponsors are Heineken, HTS, Karib Cable, Colombus, Flow LUCELEC and The Wave. SILVER sponsor is Cotton Bay Village St. Lucia. BRONZE sponsors are Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd, Chairman’s Reserve - Finest St. Lucian Rum, Radio Caribbean International, RBC Royal Bank and RBTT Bank Ltd. COLLATERAL sponsors are Avis Rent a Car, Blue Waters, DBS, ExelSign, Guy’s Car Rental and Radio St. Lucia. For more information on the full lineup for Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2014 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org