By: Tonya Russell
Plymouth in Tobago will certainly be buzzing with activity this April 27th - 29th as the 3rd annual Jazz Festival is geared and ready to go. With a line-up that instantly attracts the real soul and reggae lovers headlining the weekend event is the exceptional talent of Sir Elton John, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross among other musical entities.
Kicking off the musical weekend will be the gentlemen who brought the sexy back into music. We're talking about Ladies Love Cool James more popularly known as LL Cool J and the Caribbean's own Sean Paul.
The epitome of sexy, LL Cool J is an important figure within the hip hop community, and is one of a few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than two decades. He has released 12 albums and a greatest hits album so far. LL Cool J brings not only his fabulous abdomen and enviable lips to Tobago but the promise of sultry R&B ballads that he will most certainly belt out for his ladies.
The Caribbean's own Sean Paul, nominated for four awards at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, including male artist of the year, rap artist of the year, hot 100 single of the year, and pop single of the year for his hit "Temperature" wouldn't miss this festival for the world. Sean Paul undoubtedly will get the crowd 'willie-bouncin' and dancing on Friday. Showtime 7pm and tickets cost $US90 General and $US120 VIP.
On Saturday the festival will showcase four powerhouse ladies as well as one special gentleman. The iconic and always timely Gladys Knight: ranked number eighteen in the Guinness Book of World Records' list of the most successful female musical artists of all time; the original 'Dreamgirl' herself Diana Ross: one of the most successful female artists of her era, due to both her solo work and her tenure as lead singer of Motown girl group The Supremes during the 1960s; The first lady of R&B Mary J. Blige, The reigning queen of Broadway musicals and T&T native Heather Headley and of course the originator of lovers rock, Mr. Beres Hammond. Show starts at 5pm and tickets are $US125, $US155VIP.
On Sunday, the 29th day of April and sadly the final day of the jazz festival, Tobago welcomes Earth, Wind and Fire: the world-renowned American band which gave you "Shining Star", "Got to Get You into My Life" "After the Love Has Gone" and "Let's Groove"; The Reverend Al Green: who sings ever so sweetly "Lets Stay Together", "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", “Look What You Done for Me" and "You Ought to be with Me" and Sir Elton John: who's career spans over five decades with over 250 million records sold over 50 Top 40 hits, making him one of the most successful musicians of all time. Tickets for this star studded night cost $US150 for General admission and $US180 for VIP. Showtime is 4pm.
The third staging of the Plymouth Jazz Festival promises rave entertainment all within a relaxed atmosphere. Weekend passes are available at a cost of US$340 general admission and US$430 for VIP. VIP ticket holders will have exclusive food vending access, enjoy free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and have an exclusive entrance. With all hotels located only 15-25 minutes away from the feature event, patrons will enjoy the full-bodied arrangements of all the featured acts.