Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 328

April 7 & 8, 2017 Typically when talk is of the "blues" in the Caribbean, we're talking about the bright blue skies and various shades of turquoise and azure of the gorgeous sea. But every April, the blues takes on a very different meaning on the island of Nevis as a host of internationally known blues artists make their way to Oualie Beach for a two-night festival of incredible blues music. Soul blues funkster AJ Ghent (US), multi- instrumentalist Deanna Bogart (US), and boogey- woogey pianist Ben Waters (UK) are among the artists who will be playing at the Nevis Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, April 7 & 8, 2017. They will be joined by several performers who are back by popular demand, including Nevis' own blues to gospel diva, Denise Gordon, Britain's most award-decorated bluesman, Ian Siegel, and uber blues-rock guitarist Simon McBride. Entering its third year, the Nevis Blues Festival, dubbed "Blues in Paradise," has garnered a string of accolades and a firm place on the calendar of Caribbean music festivals. Its location alongside Oualie Beach on the island's Caribbean coastline ranks it among the world's most exotic and romantic blues festivals and one not to be missed. Staged at night, the festival is able to accommodate 1,000 people, a deliberate move by the organizers to keep a relaxed intimacy that allows all ages to enjoy the bars, catering and world-class music in a stellar environment. Tickets are priced at US $45 per day and are available at the festival website: www.nevisbluesfestival.com. Submitted by Pierre Borg