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Maroon 5 to headline Jazz & Blues Festival

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Members of Maroon 5 look out over the ocean in this picture that makes up the rear cover of one of the group's albums. - Contributed

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be getting a touch of rock for its 15th anniversary next year with American rock band Maroon 5 announced as the show's headliner.

The band created a stir online when they announced on their social-networking pages on Facebook and Twitter that they are set to headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, which will be held from January 23-29, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. Maroon 5 will be the first major rock band to headline the festival since its inception.

On Facebook, the response to the five-member band attending the festival was met with excitement as one person commented, "Man that can't miss me at least something good is coming to Jamaica. Thank you God, you really answer prayers."

Another female fan added, "Get the heck outta here. Oh my God, this is unbelievable, I have to be there no doubt I dream of you guys coming to Jamaica but never in a million years. This is like a dream come true; thanks a million for accepting the offer."

The three-time Grammy award-winning band has released two multi-platinum studio albums: 2002's Songs About Jane and 2007's It Won't Be Soon Before Long scored a string of hit singles that have become popular in Jamaica, including This Love, She Will Be Loved, and Sunday Morning. This year, the band released its third studio album, Hands All Over, which has already spawned the hit Misery.

Boost for tourism

In a release sent to The Gleaner, Jamaica's director of Tourism, John Lynch, said, "In securing such a high-profile act, we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this major festival, which has boosted visitor bookings significantly. It's a great time to be in Jamaica. The festival now runs a full week, so visitors have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our attractions and cuisine while enjoying a great music event in a fun and relaxed setting."

According to festival organiser TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it's a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.

"The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated. It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends. I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top-quality line-up that is sure to please our patrons," said Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.