Nevis Blues Festival Opens Its Doors by R. Wilson
For three nights the mellow sounds of local, regional and international artistes performing in the inaugural Nevis Blues Festival will fill the air on the small island. The Festival opened its doors at 6pm last night (Apr 16) at the quaint Oaulie Beach setting. Cuht their contemporary Blues rhythms and Zac Harmon had the audience grooving to his Mississippi blues. They performed until around 11:30 when St. Kitts’ Nu Vybes closed the show. Friday night’s line-up will see accomplished performer Gairy Knight opening the show, followed by Antiguan songstress Asher Otto with the Itchy Feet band . The Ian Siegal Band and UK Jazz and Blues soul singer Denise Gordon will take center stage, while Odisi band out of Nevis will end the night’s entertainment. On Saturday, the final festival night, the Rehabilitation Group “Impression” will be the opening act, followed by St. Kitts’s Shakal & Friends, a popular cover band. Grammy-nominated instructor Justin Merrick of the Stax Music Academy with the NEPAC Choir will perform various music arrangements. The Ian Siegal Band, Zac Harmon and Denise Gordon will all take to the festival stage one last time before Nevis’ Kore Band featuring Meeko brings the curtains down on the event. Tourism Minister in the NIA Hon. Mark Brantley said he was excited for Nevis to host a music festival unlike anything the islands had experienced before. “From the intimate setting, to introducing a new genre of music to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to having our local artistes prominently featured on an international stage is all very exciting,” he said. Brantley expects the festival will gain popularity in the coming years. “It’s something new, something different. It has certainly piqued persons’ interest both in the Federation and overseas, so we are anticipating it will grow and evolve in the years to come.” Tickets to the event cost US$35 each night; the all-inclusive VIP tickets are US $150 nightly.