PRESS RELEASE – For the 14th year running, Fond d’Or Jazz will return for its celebration of authentic Saint Lucian folk sounds, fusion and smooth jazz and Caribbean Party on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.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 (US$35) 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.
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014
Fond D’or Jazz at Fond D’or Nature and Heritage Park from 2 p.m.; adults – $80 EC; children (12 years and under) FREE.
Ronald “Boo” Hinkson
Heart and Soul
Jazz on the Bay (free concert) in Marigot Bay from 12 noon – 10 p.m.
Derek Yarde Project
Secret Solo Band