For the second consecutive year, the newest venue in the wide variety of venues for the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will bring the curtains down on this now great musical tradition. On Sunday May 15th, Roadside Jazz at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet which was launched last year by the Gros Islet Parliamentary Representative, Emma Hippolyte, will once again be the closing act for the Jazz concerts.
According to Ms. Hippolyte: “The initial Grande Riviere Roadside Jazz was a relative success, with great crowd participation; of course we have learnt from last year’s experience and have fine-tuned our organization to make the event, an even more enjoyable occasion for our patrons than last year.”
Roadside Jazz is organized by a subcommittee of the SLP Gros Islet Management Committee with the support of the Grande Riviere Development Committee. It is fully endorsed by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, and this year FLOW has come on board as the Gold sponsor for the Concert.
The open-air event is free and is held on the Grande Riviere Playing Field next to the main Grande Riviere road from 4.00 p.m.. This year, the performing cast of ten acts is very heavily home grown with the majority originating from Grande Riviere and other parts of Gros Islet. The headliners are Addition Band and DYP both from Grande Riviere.
Like last year, in order to minimize traffic congestion, park-and-ride arrangements will be in place for Roadside Jazz. 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.