Saint Lucia Jazz Festival - Pigeon Island
Saint Lucia Jazz Festival - Pigeon Island Reviews
Jazz in the Sun May 03, 2011
Every year in the month of May, for about one week, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival offers music lovers and travellers a spectacular week of musical performances by a wide array of local and international artist.
In previous years artist such as Santana, Carl Gustave, Kenny G, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle have delivered impressive performances to the crowd. This year 2011, the festival will feature artist in the likes of Mike Stern, Regina Carter and John Legend to name just a few. The festival is usually organised over a period of a week and a few days with prices ranging from US$40.00 to US$175.00 but there are quite a few performances before the main week of activities. While the main performances and big acts are the highlights of the festival which falls on the Saturday and Sunday in the north of the island, there are free performances in various communities around the island, tea time jazz at the mall or on the pier, lunch time jazz on the square in the city or jazz on the beach usually on the Sunday preceding the week of the festival. Both the paid and free performances are usually well attended and have proven to be quite a musical feast for both locals and international visitors alike, it is also a great place to mingle, meet new friends and to enjoy the local cusine. The acts are arranged according to Side Stage and Main Stage performances, with the latter being held on the final day which is the Sunday.
The main stage performances are also usually held in the northern part of the island, where most of the hotels are located, a very touristy area. A huge stage is usually erected at the Pigeon Island National Park, a great place to explore if you have time before or after the festival for photos or just some quiet time at the beach. Depending on the hotel one stays at you can be shuttled to and from the park or you have the option of taking a leisure walk. Be sure to arrive early if you really want to be in front of the action and get a very good view of the stage. It is wise to bring along sunscreen and sunglasses, dress code is light and free flowing casuals, shorts, linen pants and shirt etc. Caps and hats are a good idea as well, sometimes you do see the occasional swimwear top especially worn with a tank. Most people seem to prefer being dressed in white, not sure what it is about Jazz and white outfits though, but that seems to be the norm. There is no need to worry about food and drinks as this will be available on sale in abundance, though the prices may be a little on the high side, however if you prefer a small cooler bag is permitted, also if you have a small folding chair or cushion not so much a bad idea either. Oh and don't forget your camera, so that when you look back at those photos of yourself dancing to the jazz rhythms, blue Caribbean sea in the background, bright sunshine, tropical palms and beer in hand you have something to carry you on to the next year till the next Jazz Fest. I know I will.
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