Aussies for Castries and a Trini in St Kitts – the latest on Music Festivals in the next few months

Music Festivals abound this year once again. in Castries and Basseterre – two months from now over in the Helen of The Caribbean?

Grammy Award winning American balladeer Michael Bolton as well as soft rock duo Air Supply have joined the line-up for the 2008 edition of St. Lucia Jazz set to celebrate its 17th anniversary from May 2 to 11 in the Caribbean this year.

Organisers announced that the Air Supply and Bolton bookings completed the selection of headliners for the final weekend of concerts, which will feature among others Angie Stone, Anita Baker, Dianne Reeves, Dionne Warwick, Jonathan Butler, Najee and Wyclef Jean.

Considered one of the Caribbean’s premier jazz festivals, St. Lucia Jazz – produced by the St. Lucia Tourist Board in partnership with BET Event Productions – attracts droves of visitors each year to enjoy island-wide musical acts…

…other acts carded for the festival include the Juilliard Quintet, featuring saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, drummer Carl Allen and bassist Ben Wolfe. Also performing at St. Lucia Jazz will be saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart; keyboardist Alex Bugnon, guitarist Nick Colionne and neo-soul singer Ledisi; along with top local and Caribbean performers.

As you recall, Michael Bolton was in St Kitts last year, this year the going remains not tough – the singer of the theme of Jewel Of The Nile no less!

Grammy Award Winning artist Billy Ocean will be among the premier acts performing at the 12th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place from June 26-28, 2008.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Billy Ocean has sold in excess of 30 million singles and albums worldwide and earned a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for ?Caribbean Queen (no more love on the run).? Some of his other hit songs include, ?When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going,? ?Suddenly,? ?Lover Boy,? ?There?ll Be Sad Songs (to make you cry),? ?Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car,? ?Love Zone? and many more. After taking a 15-year hiatus from recording, Billy is releasing a brand new studio album, ?Wilburforce,? and the album?s first single, ?Chained,? later this month.

Born Leslie Sebastian Charles in 1950 in Fyzabad, Trinidad, Billy immigrated to England at the age of eight and continues to live there today with his family.

Minister Skerritt said additional musical acts will be added and announced in the coming weeks. Now in its 12th year, the St Kitts festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

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