If there’s one thing we have been told repeatedly over the years is this: “when it’s good, say it’s good”. This year’s Jazz and Arts Festival was not just good, it was superb.
The weekend shows, also known as main stage events, and usually the most talked about events of the Festival,were held last weekend at the Pigeon Island Landmark. Hundreds flocked the Landmark to witness the stellar shows.
Krosfyah, Meshach and headliner Beres Hammond were the main acts on Friday. Saturday’s show featured Jon Secada and Timbalive, Arturo Tappin, Pan Fusion and headliner Flo Rida. Sunday’s show, the culmination, featured Chrisette Michele, Robin Thicke, Derede Williams, Jessy Billy, and Jimmy Cliff as headliner.
Krosfyah, a Barbadian Group, performed a slew of singles, amongst them, “Pump Me Up”, a crowd favourite and “Nah Missing Me”. The soca group’s energetic set was one the crowd wholly enjoyed.
Beres, a repeat Jazz performer and favourite, brought out large numbers that night. The landmark was filled to capacity! The reggae crooner performed many fan favourites including “No Disturb Sign”, “I Feel Good” and “She Loves Me Now”.
Flo Rida, who was greeted by hundreds of shrieking teens,was highly praised for his phenomenal delivery. Flo, who came on stage decked in a Saint Lucian themed tank, received high praises. The Florida native, who distributed roses and invited fans on stage, performed his best hits including his latest hit, GDFR, (Going Down For Real), a Billboard 100 success along with other Billboard hits, “Whistle”, “Right Round”, “Wild Ones”, “Good Feeling”, “Low”, amongst many others to the delight of the predominantly teen audience.
Robin Thicke’s smooth high pitched vocals had a soothing effect. “Lost Without You”, “Give It to You” had many grooving but it was “Blurred Lines”, his most successful hit to date, that had many excitedly on their feet, dancing away. Like Flo Rida, Thicke added a Saint Lucian element, bringing local dancers in carnival costumes for his performance.
Chrisette Michelle, a vocal powerhouse, was sublime. Amongst the songs performed included “Better”, “Super Chris”, and in true jazz fashion, she performed Etta James, “Summertime”. Her vocals were syrupy and honey-like, blending perfectly with the atmosphere.
The other performers both main stage and side stage, gave their all, contributing to the festival being an indelible one.
The arts component, too, which included riveting drama, was an enjoyable part of the three-day event.
Now that you have read, take a close look at some of the best moments at the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. See if you spot yourself!