Montego Bay, Jamaica: An array of international and local musical stars has been confirmed for the 15th edition of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival 2011, which will once again make the picturesque Greenfield Stadium its home.
Already confirmed for the ultra exquisite weeklong Festival is American rock band Maroon 5 who will be making their debut on Friday January 28, 2011.
The California based band which consist of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Adam Levin, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bass guitarist Mickey Madden and drummer Ryan Dusick, will be tantalizing the audience with their slew of mega hits from their Grammy award winning albums Songs About Jane, It Wont Be Soon Before Long and Hands All Over.
Since debuting in 2002, the band who won the Grammy Award for Best New Artiste in 2005, has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and nearly 15 million worldwide.
Also putting pen to paper to perform at the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival is Sisters with Voices better known as SWV. The American female contemporary R&B trio from New York has been mesmerizing fans since coming together in 1990. Their infectious sounds have brought hits such as Weak, Right Here/Human Nature and I’m So Into you. The group, which reunited in 2005 after disbanding to pursue solo projects in 1999, has been ranked number 100 on the top 500 Pop Artiste of the Past 25 years.
The other confirmed acts to date are Jamaican songstress Diana King and Irish recording artist Laura Izibor who has been compared to legendary singer Aretha Franklin. The Soulful singers debut album, Let the Truth Be Told, peaked at 27 in the United States and number two in Ireland.
According to Walter Elmore CEO of TurnKey Productions, the company that stages the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, the patrons are the ones who determine the lineup for the Festival. “Each Year, we ask our patrons who they want to see on the Festival, then we go in search of those acts. We are in the process of signing additional headliners.”
Some of the crème de la crème in international and local music has graced the North Coast of Jamaica for the premier music Festival in the Caribbean, namely Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Hall & Oates, John Legend, Alicia Keyes, Maxi Priest, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Billy Ocean, Third World and many more.
The event which has grown from a modest 1,500 patrons to well over 25,000 will be held January 23 to 29, 2011. Major sponsors for the 2011 edition are the Jamaica Tourist Board, Heineken, Baileys, Johnny Walker and Flow.
Tickets for the events are as follows: Thursday Night Silver Pre-sold US$80.00, Thursday Night Gold Pre-Sold US$110.00. Thursday Night Platinum Pre-sold is US$160.00. Friday Night Silver Presold is US$85.00 while Friday Night Gold Pre-sold are US$120.00. Friday Platinum Pre-sold tickets will be going for US$170.00.
Saturday Night Pre-sold Silver tickets are US$85.00 while Saturday Night Pre-sold Gold Tickets fetch US$120.00. Platinum Saturday pre-sold tickets are US$180.00. Weekend (Fri & Sat) Silver tickets are US$170.00 while Weekend (Fri & Sat) Gold tickets are US$240.00. Weekend Platinum tickets are US$340.00.
Season Silver Tickets (Thu-Sat) are US$250.00 with Season Gold tickets going for US$350.00. Platinum season tickets will run for US$500.00.
Further information on the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues festival can be found on the event website www.jamaicajazzandblues.com as well as Facebook and Twitter.
About the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival
Started in 1996, by the national airline, Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities, the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival has grown over the years and is now a favourite on the calendar of not only Jamaicans but from persons all over the world. Boasting in excess of 25,000 patrons annually, the event has now been expanded to a week-long event benefitting the resort regions of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
For more information on tickets and anniversary hotel packages for the 2011 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, please visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.