Fan for life
Dominique Peterkin talks about 15 years of being at Jazz and Blues
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
Through it all, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is cemented in the heart and runs through the veins of Dominique Peterkin, who has been going to the event since it first began 15 years ago.
"It is a great social time for persons. It is that time of year when Montego Bay comes alive. It brings people together," Peterkin said, pointing out why she had been such a loyal fan of the premium music festival.
The avid music lover explained that she had been attending the festival each year, even through the nomadic period of the event where it moved around until finding its new home at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
Since its 15-year-old musical journey began, Jamaica Jazz and Blues has been staged in three parishes: St James, St Ann and now Trelawny. This year, audiences locally and overseas will be treated to a unique and diverse mix of entertainment in the form of Maroon 5, Natalie Cole, Ron Isley, soca-princess Alison Hinds along with several other local and international acts.
The main event starts tomorrow, and continues until Sunday, January 29.
"I understand what is takes to put on 'jazz fest' and so I know how important it is for persons to support it. It is great for Jamaica to host this type of international festival and I will continue to support it because, in addition to bringing persons together, they offer great entertainment," Peterkin, who is the director of sales at the Palmyra Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, noted.
One of her most memorable moments at the festival was in 1999 when Mary J. Blige performed.
"I will not forget that performance, there were fireworks and all. It was spectacular. I loved other performances in the past by Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu (her first one) but Mary J. Blige did it for me at the time," she said.
The Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium will host, for the first time, the multi-platinum rock band Maroon 5 on Friday, something Peterkin said she is anticipating.
"I want to see what Maroon 5 will be doing so I will definitely be checking them out. I think they will bring out the youth crowd. It is a good thing for the festival to seek the mixture of entertainment that they have lined up for the event," she added.