08 FEB 2019:  As it emerges from the lingering effects of devastating hurricane Irma in 2017, St. Maarten has issued a bold coming out statement: the addition of The Jacksons as feature performers at this year’s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Known for world-class sailboat racing, top-class parties, and for attracting some of the world’s top musical acts, the Heineken Regatta will present its 39th annual event from Feb. 28 to March 3 at the Port de Plaisance Resort, Casino and Yacht Club in St. Maarten.

“We are ecstatic to announce The Jacksons will headline our final party on Sunday, March 3,” says event exec John Leone. “They need no introduction. We are 100 percent certain their iconic through-the-decades beloved music will inspire all regatta competitors and party revellers.”

Considered Motown Royalty, The Jacksons made history in 1970 as the first recording act whose first four singles reached No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and produced such memorable hits as "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There." Precocious lead singer Michael went on to even greater success as a solo act, garnering the nickname “The King of Pop” before passing away in 2009.

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Jacksons (which today includes brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon), celebrated 50 years as one of the most successful groups in music history in 2017.

ST. KITTS

Across the Caribbean Sea, another Motown legend, Smokey Robinson, will highlight the 23rd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, taking place June 26-30.

The festival attracts both locals and visitors alike and features a wide range of musical style, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Besides Robinson, performers this year will include Buju Banton, Edwin Yearwood, and more than a dozen others during three days of performances at the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium, a new, bigger venue to accommodate the growing audience base of the festival. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, Lionel Richie, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Boyz II Men and Stephen Marley,

"Each year, we strive to grow the festival in a way that will appeal to both local and international audiences,” says tourism minister Lindsay F.P. Grant, while St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Racquel Brown credits a 28 percent increase in air arrivals to the island “in part to the success of our marketing initiatives for St. Kitts Music Festival, which has become a marquee event to drive traffic to the destination during the low season.”

On June 26, the Music Festival will kick off with a welcome reception hosted at the Christophe Harbour Marina followed by an Escape Fete held at Salt Plage. Following three nights of performances, the event will close with the White Sands white party at Carambola Beach Club on Sunday June 30.

 

 

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