Jamaica's 50th anniversary will be specially recognised at this year's Jazz and Blues Festival, scheduled to be held at the Stadium in Trelawny from Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28.
The entire line-up of artistes who will perform on January 26 will pay tribute to the history of the country’s rich and exciting musical heritage.
According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Turn Key Productions, and Executive Producer of Jamaica's Jazz and Blues Festival, Walter Elmore, in addition to the artistes' performances, there will be a reduction in the ticket price to US$50.00 for general admission on that night.
"This year we are celebrating 50 years of Jamaica's Independence and in so doing, we will be presenting and dedicating Thursday night to Jamaica’s music, our people and our culture. In celebration of that 50 years, we've lowered the price on that night for Jamaicans to US$50.00 and only Jamaicans will be entitled to that discount. This festival is going to be the single most memorable event this country has ever had," Mr. Elmore told JIS News.
He pointed to the significant economic enhancement the music festival affords the country and western Jamaica, in particular, consistently impacting positively on employment and the establishment of numerous entrepreneurial possibilities.
"We are putting on the festival here in the beautiful stadium in Trelawny, because we want to have people travel, thereby stimulating the economy, fill airline seats, fill hotel rooms and stimulating a tremendous amount of employment across the entire region. Transportation arrangements have been established with all the Taxi Associations in the areas, including Knutsford Express, which will make the festival affordable and extremely easier to get to the event this time around," Mr. Elmore told JIS News.
Artistes to be featured at the festival include international performers, Celine Dion and Cee-Lo Green; and local musical heavyweights, such as Richie Stephens, Mykal Rose, Freddie McGregor, John Holt, Shaggy, Half Pint, King Yellow Man, George Nooks and AJ Brown.
"If you come to this festival, you will leave with a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life," the CEO told JIS News.