The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will celebrate with Third World Band, their 40th anniversary in what is anticipated to be a musical journey of the bands successful catalogue spanning four decades. Mary J Blige, John Legend and Michael Bolton are set to perform at the 17th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival January 24 – 26, 2013.
Third World Band will join other bands on Thursday night which will feature classic Reggae bands and classic singers. Roots Underground, whose career was launched on the talent stage of the Festival several years ago returns to the main stage to demonstrate their prowess which makes them one of Jamaica’s most popular bands worldwide.
Walter Elmore, producer of the Festival, promises a heightened wholesome entertainment experience on and off the stage for patrons. “We have a tradition of great entertainment experiences at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and this year we will return aspects of the experience favoured by our patrons and add some new elements. 2013 will be even more interactive and engaging for persons at the event with the introduction of our digital lounge, and an integration of our social media spaces.”
On stage Mary J Blige, loved by Jamaicans for her dynamic and passionate music and delivery, will be a powerhouse with favourites such as No More Drama, All I Need, Mr. Wrong. Michael Bolton returns to the Festival and promises a love affair with Jamaicans with hits such as How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Said I Loved You But I lied and his ardent rendition ofWhen A Man Loves A Woman. John Legend who considers himself a friend of the Festival will bring an intimate performance to his adorers with hits such as Ordinary People, Everybody Knows, The Best You’ve Ever Had and the mega hit Stay With Me covered by Reggae Star Tarrus Riley.
Source: Carlette DeLeon