The 2016 official festival opening show at the Mindoo Philip Mark on April 29th is set to offer patrons a high energy party experience consistent with the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival’s “Best Party in the Caribbean” brand. Twelve artistes from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Saint Lucia will raise the curtains on the 25th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival in a show designed to bring the most prolific Soca hits over the last two years, old school reggae and dancehall to the Opening Show. They comprise Saint Lucians Nerdy, Sirlancealot, Michael Robinson, Sedale & Wildfire, Mysterio, Arthur Allain, Ezra ‘The Fun Machine’, Tropixx Band, and The Derek Yarde Project (DYP) in an old school reggae tribute with Lovindeer, plus Lyrical and Mavado. An interesting and fun segment of the Festival’s Opening Show promises to be a collaboration between Saint Lucia’s DYP and Jamaica’s Lovindeer, whose several hits remain old time favorites across the Caribbean. These include “Babylon Boops”, “Don’t Bend Down”, “Pocomonia Day”, “Man Shortage”, and what is perhaps the biggest hit of his career with “Wild Gilbert”. Mavado Lyrical, & Lovindeer join local Party Heavyweights In disclosing the line-up, Saint Lucia Tourist Board Special Events, Manager Dahlia Guard, disclosed that the heavy emphasis on Saint Lucia chart topping Soca acts was deliberate in view of the appeal of the Opening of Jazz as a jam and party night, vis a vis the comparative quality of Saint Lucian party music in the last five years. “Saint Lucia’s Soca artistes are on par with the international Soca artistes of the region. There is hardly any need to look elsewhere for the Opening of Jazz given the type of event it is; but also, with the rebranding of the Festival, we are keeping to the mandate of exposing what we have that is great,” Guard said. The US based International recording artiste Lyrical of Trinidad & Tobago has more than 40 releases in his repertoire, including “Conquer Meh”, “Dip and Roll”, “Cloud 9” and “Loner”, as well as countless collaborations with leading Caribbean artistes. Headlining the Opening of the Jazz & Arts Festival will be Mavado who has been racking up a string of hits from 2005. “On The Rock”, remixed by Jay Z, was a smash hit that went on to enjoy Billboard success. Mavado’s popularity also stems from the acclaim associated with his many musical collaborations with some of the industry’s top urban artistes such as Busta Rhymes, Birdman, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, JAY Z and Wyclef. Patrons at the April 29th Opening will also receive a musical treat when two of the island’s most famed and prolific deejays Hyper D and Hollywood HP face-off. The venue is the Mindoo Phillip Park in the capital Castries and ShowTime is 8pm promptly. Tickets are priced at EC$60/US$24 in advance and are available at The Cell -Baywalk Mall, Vieux Fort and Soufriere, Splendor Gifts & More -Gablewoods Mall, and Steve’s Barber Shop. Cash, credit cards, bank/ATM cards will be accepted at some outlets. For more information on the full lineup for the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2016 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org About the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 25th year, raises the curtain on April 29, 2016 with a line-up that blends island culture, famed musical talent and eclectic musical genres. Internationally renowned performers gracing the stage this year include Grammy award winning Latin singer Marc Anthony, singer/songwriter Shaggy, 10-time Grammy winner George Benson, legendary Kool and the Gang, soft rock duo Air Supply, reggae pop singer Omi, French zouk masters Kazzav, jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and two-time Grammy nominee Joey Alexander. Local superstars performing on mainstage for the 25th anniversary include legendary jazz guitarist Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, R& B Crooner Irvin ‘Ace’ Loctar and Groovy Soca phenomenon Teddyson John. For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucia.org.