JAVAA's Music Festival closes Kgn Music Week 2014
Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer
Even as the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) Music Festival is slated to be one of two closing events for Kingston Music Week, the organisation's chairman, Frankie Campbell, is looking at a larger picture.
The festival will be at Countryside Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, St Andrew, on Sunday, December 7. Also putting the closing touches on this year's staging of the live-music series of events, which starts on December 1, is Unforgettable, a Sunday evening of Nat King Cole at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston. That runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Campbell said JAVAA's Festival capitalises on a name that is underutilised in Jamaica. " … We realise we have music festivals all over the world. We wanted to put that, so it can be an international music festival eventually," Campbell said.
On the line-up are Fab5 Band, Ken Boothe, George Nooks, Gem Myers, The Mighty Diamonds, Boris Gardiner, Dennis Walks, The Heptones, Charmaine Limonius and Bagga Case. Campbell said the festival has two components, with a number of JAVAA members singing on tracks from 6 p.m. to 7:30, when the band will take over with the evening's main artistes.
The intention is to finish by 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $1,200 presold and $1,500 at the gate. Outlets are Fab 5's headquarters on Springvale Avenue, Countryside Club, Music Mart and Derrick Harriott's in Twin Gates Plaza.
In summing up the line-up, Campbell said "it is the cream of the vintage artistes who are left, more or less. Apart from Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy and couple more, these are who are left from the 1960s and 1970s."
Being the closing act on a show is a honour and challenge. For Campbell, JAVAA's Festival being one of an ending pair for Kingston Music Week 2014 has its advantages. And this is after having the experience of JAVAA's event being placed closer to the week's beginning at the 2013 staging. "By mid-week the reports start coming in, talk of music week is in the air, and by that time, there are only a few events left," he said, adding that when people make weekend plans they will have Music Week, in mind, if not a specific event, and check the calendar for remaining events.
"It is a good initiative," Campbell said of Kingston Music Week, crediting François St Juste. "He realised live music has been struggling for the last couple years and he wants to help keep it alive."