Castries, SAINT LUCIA (May 7, 2010) - The end result of ongoing discussions and close planning between Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) is a colourful and rhythmic side stage experience to unfold at Pigeon Island over Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th 2010.

The objective, the two entities say, is both to promote the heritage side of the destination to a captive mixed-demographic audience, as well as to enhance Saint Lucia Jazz as a differentiated Caribbean festival.

The Side stage line-up promises a mix of major dominant cultural forms. The programme includes Drumming play offs (Esoteric Drummers), a Masquerade parade (Silver Shadows), Pan Round Neck featuring veteran and celebrity pan players, carnival characters and Calypso/Soca sets featuring former monarchs and finalists over the years. The Saturday Kaiso Expo will spotlight Nintus , Walleigh, Pep, Herb Black, Lady Leen, Ashanti and Invader.

Providing the musical accompaniment Saturday will be Reasons Orchestra which has defined the dance band experience for an unbroken three decades. Gilroy 'EZI' Hall, an inimitable stage entertainer in his own right and uncontested Extempo maverick, will host Saturday's side stage show.

On the Sunday programme, Kaiso makes way for Power Soca backed up by TEM Band and spotlighting such local celebrities as T.C. Brown, Nicole David, Q-Pid, Alpha, Ila Man, Ricky T with Radio personality Pringles, as emcee.

Over the nineteen years of the Saint Lucia Jazz at the main stage, the side stage has grown as a pull in itself, and a highlight for the festivals patrons.

"Saint Lucians who live abroad revel in the side stage because it is nostalgic of the culture of their youth. Side stage is influential among this demographic in terms of building the desire to make it back for Carnival or Jounen Kweyol, if not the same year but perhaps the next." SLTB Director Louis Lewis said.

About Saint Lucia Jazz

Saint Lucia Jazz, a premier music festival in the Caribbean region, is among the top five around the world. The Festival, which has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, marks its 19th anniversary this year.