Jazz Festivals add to Curacao’s attractions in 2015
This year, travelers will have additional reasons to visit Curacao beyond the island’s calm-water beaches and cosmopolitan culture. The southern Caribbean nation will host major jazz music festivals in May and September.
Despite their nominal focus on jazz, widely considered America’s “classical” music, Caribbean jazz festivals today encompass an array of genres. Most importantly, these sybaritic celebrations offer music fans opportunities to experience genuine top-shelf talent in spectacular natural environments.
Curacao will host the inaugural Curacao International Blue Seas Festival from May 7 to 9. Described as a “celebration of traditional and gentrified jazz music,” the festival will offer two nights of free concerts in Willemstad followed by May 9 performances by headliners the Original Blues Brothers and Buddy Guy.
Other international artists scheduled to perform include Kat Riggins, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Moreland & Arbuckle. The free concerts on May 7 and 8 will feature nine artists performing on the streets of “Blues Village” in Willemstad’s Pietermaai Smal district. The May 9 performances will be held at the stage at Kleine Werf in downtown Punda.
Jazz will also take center stage this fall in Curacao. The sixth edition of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival will take place on September 3 and 4. Headliners will include Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters John Legend and Lionel Ritchie, R&B legends The Isley Brothers and Grammy-winning star jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson.
Other scheduled performers will include legendary Grammy-winning jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, Haitian-born rapper and musician Wyclef Jean, Latin music star Enrique Iglesias, plus The Pointer Sisters and Randy Newman. Concerts and events will be held at stages and sites surrounding the World Trade Center Curacao facility.
“We’re excited to offer visitors even more opportunities to enjoy live music and performances on island, particularly within the jazz and blues realm,” said Hugo Clarinda, Deputy Director of the Curacao Tourist Board.
By Brian Major