Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Michael Bolton are to perform at the the 17th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, set for January 24 - 26, 2013. The organisers of the event have also confirmed a novel non-traditional Thursday night to feature classic reggae bands and singers the world has fallen in love with.
The festival will celebrate with Third World Band on their 40th anniversary in what is shaping up to be an eclectic musical journey of a successful career spanning the globe. Rootz Underground, whose career was launched on the talent stage of the festival several years ago, returns to the main stage to demonstrate the prowess which makes them one of Jamaica's most popular bands worldwide.
Walter Elmore, producer of the event, says his team is working hard to put together an experience patrons will never forget. "It's a pleasure to have Mary, who is a powerhouse, along with John and Michael. We know Jamaicans love their music and we are working to create a package they will thoroughly enjoy," he said
Onstage, Mary J. Blige, loved by Jamaicans for her dynamic and passionate music and delivery, will be a powerhouse with favourites such as No More Drama, All I Need and Mr Wrong. Michael Bolton returns to the festival and promises a love affair with Jamaicans with hits such as How am I Supposed to Live Without You, Said I Loved You But I Lied and his ardent rendition of When a Man Loves a Woman. John Legend, who considers himself a friend of the festival, will bring an intimate performance to his fans with hits such as Ordinary People, Everybody Knows, The Best You Ever Had and the mega hit Stay With You, covered by reggae star Tarrus Riley.
Elmore promises a heightened wholesome entertainment experience on and off the stage for patrons. "We have a tradition of a great entertainment experience at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and this year, we will return aspects of the experience favoured by our patrons and add some new elements. So 2013 will be even more interactive and engaging for persons at the event, with the introduction of our digital lounge and an integration of our social-media spaces," he said.
Further updates on the 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be provided on www.jamaicajazzandblues.com and https://www.facebook.com/jamaicajazzandblues.