Your guide for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2013

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ABOUT

The three-day Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly the AIr Jamaica Jazz and Blues Music Festival and @jamaicajazz on twitter) is the second music festival for the season. It closely follows Rebel Salute ( http://rebelsaluteprod.com/ ) which was held on January 18 and 19 at the Richmond Estate in Priory, St.Ann. Jamaica Jazz and Blues is in its 17th year after being started by former Vice President of Air Jamaica, Allen Chastenet, to increase tourist arrivals during the “slow” months. The festival was originally held in October, however the heavy rains during the month caused cancellations and then it was decided to host it in January. the event has travelled to St. Ann, St.James and will now be hosted in Trelawny (more specifically: The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium or The Greenfield Stadium).

WHO WILL PERFORM

The festival begins on Thursday, January 24, 2013 with :

  • Cocoa Tea
  • Rootz Underground
  • Third World Band
  • Pluto Shervington
  • Eric Donaldson
  • Lovindeer
  • Ken Boothe
  • Nadine Sutherland

The event continues on Friday, January 25, 2013 with:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Michael Bolton
  • Etana
  • Arturo Tappin

The festivities come to an end on Saturday, January 26, 2013 with:

  • John Legend
  • Monica
  • KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Romain Virgo

There are rumours that upcoming Reggae artiste, Chronixx, will make an appearance but there have not been any confirmations, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. There will also be a variety of  [backing] bands. Prepare for a treat!

WHAT TIME DOES IT BEGIN

Gates open at 5 pm and show time is set for 6 pm. So get there early to avoid the rush and get some good seats.

TICKET COST AND TICKET OUTLETS

**(the exchange rate is currently US $1 = JMD $93.13)

Thursday

  • GENERAL: US $50
  • VIP : US $120

Friday and Saturday

  • GENERAL: US $80
  • VIP: US $120
  • WEEKEND PASS (for both days): US $150 (general) US $230 (vip)

Season Pass (all three days)

  • GENERAL: US $200
  • VIP: US $350

Tickets are no longer available online from the official Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival website (http://jamaicajazzandblues.com) . However you can visit the following ticket outlets: KINGSTON:

  • Wyndham Hotel; New Kingston 
  • Texaco Gas Station; Mary Brown’s Corner (905-1116)

MONTEGO BAY:

  • Total Gas Station; Ironshore (953-2739)
  • El Paso Records;Baywest Shopping Centre (952-3133) and Sam Sharpe Square (952-9133)
  • Texaco Gas Station; Fairview (979-8819)
  • Fontana Pharmacy; Fairview (952-3866)
  • Scotchie’s Restaurant; Coral Garden (953-3301)

OCHO RIOS:

  • Pier View Vacation Inn; Main Street (974-2607)
  • Gifts Galore; Ocean Village Shopping Centre (795-3872)

MANDEVILLE:

  • Fontana Pharmacy; Manchester Shopping Centre (962-3129)

NEGRIL:

  • Times Square Shopping Mall; Norman Manley Boulevard (957-9243)

DISCOVERY BAY:

  • Scotchie’s Restaurant; Columbus Park

FALMOUTH:

  • Total; Falmouth, Trelawny- Water Square; (354-3680)
  • Trelawny Pharmacy and Book Supply; Market Street (954-3189)

SAVANNA-LA-MAR

  • Fontana Pharmacy; Beckford Plaza (955-9119)

For more information on ticket availability and other ticket information is available here:  http://jamaicajazzandblues.com/tickets/

 

HOW DO I GET THERE

The three-day event will be held at the Greenfield Stadium or the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.

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Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

The stadium is located in Duncan’s, Trelawny near to the capital, Falmouth. Driving to the event should be pretty easy from any location since the roads on the North Coast are generally in good condition. However, before heading out check a road map, Google Maps (available online or via mobile app) or the local navigation system, JamNav (@jamnav1 on twitter), for precise directions to the stadium. If you prefer not to drive, then no worries, Knutsford Express is offering shuttle service to and from the event: **prices are quoted in JMD Departing Kingston:

  • 2 pm and 5 pm
  • Round Trip: $2,900
  • One Way: $1800

Departing Ocho Rios:

  • 3:45 pm and 6:45 pm
  • Round Trip: $1900
  • One Way: $1200

Departing Negril:

  • 3:15 pm
  • Round Trip: $2400
  • One WAY: $1500

Departing Montego Bay:

  • 5 pm
  • Round Trip: $1400
  • One Way: $1000

WHERE CAN I STAY

After taking in the night’s performances you may not want to drive all the way back to your destination, or perhaps you’d like to go to all three nights, or perhaps you’d like to go down ahead of the concert and would like somewhere to stay… whatever the reason, here are a few hotels and guest houses which are relatively near to the venue:

  • FDR Pebbles; Falmouth 973-4591-5, email: fdrinfo@fdrholidays.com
  • Fisherman’s Inn Dive Resort: Falmouth 954 3472, email: fishermansinn@cwjamaica.com
  • Good Hope Great House; Falmouth 469 3444, email: goodhope@cwjamaica.com
  • Trelawny Guest House; Falmouth
  • Retreat Guest House; Falmouth
  • Silver Sands Villas and Beach Resort; Duncan’s 954 2001, email: info@silver-sands.com
  • Jamaica Jewel Guest House; Duncan’s visit: http://www.myjamaicajewel.com/
  • Grand Lido Braco Resort and Spa; Rio Bueno 954 0000, email” info@superclubs.com
  • Hotel Rio Bueno; Rio Bueno 954 0046
  • Mutiny Villa; Cooper’s Pen , email: info@mutinyvilla.com

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR

Trelawny gets very cold after 7pm, so we advise that you dress for the chill

  • pants; or maxi dresses, full length rompers, and jeggings for women
  • long sleeved shirts/ blouses; sheer is in, so a sheer sleeved top would be excellent
  • comfortable shoes; whatever you feel comfortable in ensure you put those on. These festivals will involve a lot of standing up,and  perhaps a lot of walking depending on parking and traffic. So ensure your feet are happy
  • statement jewellery piece; it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman you need that one piece of jewellery which makes a bold statement and complements your outfit.
  • if you opt for an outfit with minimal coverage carry a shawl, sweater or poncho just in case it gets a bit too chilly for you
  • sling-bag or “sling-cross” purse ladies; so your hands will be free and your belongings will stay close to you
  • losing keys (car keys and hotel keys) are common at these events ensure your keys can fit properly into your bag or pockets.

WHAT SHOULD I CARRY

  • smart phone; we all want to share the memorable moments with our friends who didn’t make it (ensure you share the moments on twitter with the official #jajazz jashtag)
  • good camera; a good picture is worth a thousand words
  • umbrella; just in case, it’s better to be prepared than soaked
  • a great friend to share the moment with

PARKING

The organizers of the event have assured that parking will not be a nightmare this year. However, ensure you get there early so you are aware of the parking arrangements and are able to get a good spot.

Have fun and share your moments with us from the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2013.

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