Travel Tuesday: Jammin at Jamaica’s Jazz Festival!

BY: - 8 Jan '13 | Travel

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Since we all have that packing thing under control (LOL), it’s time for a weekend getaway. We have the first fabulous music festival of the year and it’s happening in one of our favorite destinations…the beautiful island of Jamaica! Great music plus a Caribbean island equals a wonderful weekend getaway.

January 24th-26th, Trelawny, Jamaica is the place to be as it is the official location and start of the ‘Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.’ This festival is Jamaica’s largest music festival and one of the Caribbeans’ most popular festivals. Music superstars like Cee-Lo Green, Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle and reggae royalty Marcia Griffiths have all rocked this festival stage. This year’s lineup also promises to be fabulous.

Performing this year are R&B angel Monica, smooth jazz artist Arturo Tappin, balladeer Michael Bolton, and the legendary Dionne Warwick. It wouldn’t be a Jamaica Jazz festival without a little reggae. Stirrin it up on opening night, Thursday January 24th is none other that the iconic reggae band Third World. Festival headliners will also take to the stage for electrifying performances. Friday the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Mary J. Blige takes the stage performing her new hits like “Don’t Mind” and fan favorites like “Stay Down” and “Stronger.” Returning to the festival stage (his last festival performance was in 2001) on Saturday is the singer who brought us “Heaven” and “Ordinary People.”  Nine time Grammy award winner John Legend wraps the festival on Saturday with a unique soul filled performance.

Celebrate the art of music at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Get your tickets now! Weekend concert packages are available. Visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com for more information or to buy your tickets.

Discover a little reggae history while in Jamaica. Take a little time to visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston!

Happy Travels! Enjoy!

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

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  • Kirstin (aka The Travelin Diva)

    This lineup is going to be fantastic! Great performances guaranteed.

  • http://www.festivalarchive.com/ Paul Thomson

    Hey Kirstin!

    The 2013 line-up looked fantastic, I was gutted I couldn’t attend this year but hoping to in 2014 as the line-up looks equally as good with acts including Raging Fyah, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton & John Legend!

    I’ve done a festival review for 2014 which you can find here:
    http://www.festivalarchive.com/event/jamaica-jazz-blues-festival-2014/

    I hope it provides some useful information to your visitors.

    Thanks again for the post,
    Paul

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Travel Tuesday: Fab 5 D.C. Eats to Try During Inauguration Week!

BY: - 15 Jan '13 | Travel

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Washington, D.C. is the place to be and be seen next week as President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term. An estimated 800,000 people are supposed to attend the ceremony where they will watch artists like Usher perform and Beyonce sing the national anthem. After the ceremony what will all those Democrats do? LOL, find some place to eat! This Travel Tuesday we are here to help provide some suggestions with our top 5 places to eat during inauguration week!

1. Eatonville

Our top 5 restaurants are all famous D.C. landmarks in their own right.The first is somewhat young, it opened in 2009 and was inspired by Zora Neale Hurston. Eatonville is named after her hometown and the focal point of her most famous work “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” If you’re a fan of the author and love great food, Eatonville is a must visit while in town. Fan favorites include: catfish and grits with collard greens, the honey cornbread muffins,and the Eatonville Po Boy. The classic mac and cheese side dish is absolutely delicious! Vegetarian and vegan menu options are also available. Don’t forget to have a fabulous sweet tea or flavored lemonade with your catfish and grits. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 202-332-ZORA. Visit them online to view the complete menu.

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