MAIN Stage Jazz may have ended last weekend, but the 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is far from over.
Another event has been inserted onto the Jazz Calendar of Activities, and organizers are confident that Roadside Jazz at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet will be a major hit.
Organized by the Grande Riviere Roadside Jazz Committee under the patronage of the MP for Gros Islet, Emma Hippolyte, Roadside Jazz will feature performances by Derek Yard project, Derede Williams, Clarence Joseph, National String Orchestra & Pearl Tench, the Corinth Secondary School Band, the Addition Band, the Salsa Group “Bailamos”, Masquerade & Stilt Walkers, Pantime and LapoKabwit.
Roadside Jazz will be held this coming Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. near the Grand Riviere, Gros Islet playing field.
According to Minister Emma Hippolyte: “The town of Gros Islet, home of Main Stage Jazz has been a major beneficiary of the festival, while Monchy has successfully hosted a fringe event over the past three years.”
She noted that “Roadside Jazz is intended to spread the joys of the festival throughout the other communities of Gros Islet. This will provide a riveting climax to the 24th annual St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, due to the extensive and highly-rated cast of performers being brought together for this concert.”
The open-air event on Sunday is free, and caps another season in which the constituency of Gros Islet has been the overwhelming leader in hosting most of the Jazz Festival events.
To minimize traffic congestion, park-and-ride arrangements will be in place. Buses will be available from the car park of the Infrastructure Ministry and the Dame Pearlette School at Union; from the Corinth Bus Terminal in Castries and from the Marisule, Corinth junction.
Security will be in place at the designated parking zones, and traffic management procedures will be in effect along roads near (and leading to) the event.