The third edition of Jazz at the Village takes places on the Laborie Village Square this Friday, 19 April, with performances by popular Laborie band Xtra Luv and the talented jazz-fusion quartet Alibi.
Jazz at the Village is a series of free concerts that began in January, with the objective of presenting jazz music and musicians to a wider audience.
Performers to date have included Ricardo Francois, Wendell Richards, the Laborie Steel Pan Project, Shomari Maxwell and guest Andy Narell. Friday’s show begins at 7pm.
Alibi features pianist, composer and bandleader Richard Payne, drummer and vocalist Teddyson John, Francis John on bass and Zack Popo on guitar.
“We are excited about this performance”, says Richard Payne, “because we like the atmosphere of the Laborie Village, and because these free concerts are a unique opportunity to share our music and our passion for Creole Jazz with an appreciating public”.
The concert will open with Xtra Luv, a professional band that has been working in the hotel circuit for many years, and that is very active in supporting music and musicians in the South of Saint Lucia. It will return to the Laborie Village Square with its powerful mix of reggae, soca, soul and jazz.
“Jazz in the South opens in only two weeks”, says Augustin Barthelmy, President of Labowi promotions, “and this final event in the Jazz at the Village series will give our patrons the opportunity to get in the mood for jazz. Alibi and Xtra Luv have worked with Labowi Promotions on many occasions in the past, we greatly appreciate their work, and we are very pleased to feature them for this concert”.
Labowi Promotions organizes Jazz at the Village and Jazz in the South to present and support quality Caribbean Jazz and to generate economic activity in Laborie and other communities in the South.
Jazz at the Village is made possible thanks to the generous participation of the artists and the in-kind contributions of Xtra Luv, MCE Sounds and the Laborie/Augier Constituency Council.