Tuesday, 7 January 2014

IN THE OPEN: Four unique Jamaican festivals invite patrons to just take it outside

JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL 
When: January 30-February 1 
Where: Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium 
Who: An entertainmnent aggregation teeming with star power, featuring headliners Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Joe and Beres Hammond 
Great Expectations: In recent years, the festival has delivered electrifying and unforgettable presentations with the megastar likes of Celine Dion and John Legend rocking out centrestage. It will be quite interesting to see if this year's festivities can adequately measure up and pack the requisite punch. See what's in store at jamaicajazzandblues.com. 

THE BLUE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 
When: Feb 22 and 23 
Where: In the cool Blue Mountains

Who: Third World, T.O.K, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid and Tanya Stephens, among others 
The Hills Are Alive: Combining a crisp, great-outdoors appeal and a rootsy-edgy lineup, the fest is a welcome companion to events such as the Edna Manley College-hosted Gungo Walk Alternative and World Music Festival, which promotes the thrilling harmony between art and nature. 

JOIE DE VIE FESTIVAL 
When: Feb. 1 ad 2 
Where: Fort Clarence Beach, St. Catherine 
What to Expect: In addition to high-energy sporting events such as volleyball, football, a swimming challenge, cyclethons and a walk/run, patrons are invited to participate in wellness talks and exhibitions and unwind at a beach party. 
Digital Age: Festival organizers have designed and will showcase the wellness 360 web app, aimed at providing Jamaicans with a medium through which they can monitor health-related issues such as cholesterol, weight gain and blood pressure. Get further details at wellfestja.com. 

REBEL SALUTE 
When: Feb. 17 and 18 
Where: Grizzly's Plantation Cove (Priory, St. Ann) 
Who: An appealingly diverse bill (veterans and neophytes sharing the spotlight), including Bunny Wailer, Jah Cure, Duane Stephenson, Ikaya, Horace Andy, Lt. Stitchie, Rodney Pryce and Damian Marley, and many more. 
Sky's the Limit: Advancing from strength to strength with each staging, the festival has not only proven its staying power but also a chameleonic growth that augurs well for the future, backed by a core mission aimed at the preservation of reggae. Log on to rebelsaluteja.com for the complete performance schedule.





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