Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Now Playing: Bermuda Music Festival

Bermuda may be a small island in the middle of the Atlantic but it sure does see it’s fair share of star-studded events. Last month I told you about how Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke rocked the National Stadium, a killer concert that had the crowd dancing in its seats. This month welcomes an event of an entirely higher magnitude: The three-day Bermuda Music Festival starring Quincy Jones, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Erykah Badu, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers and more. The action begins tomorrow at the Royal Naval Dockyard—so stay tuned for concert updates over the next three days—but musicians have already begun to trickle in. Just last night I had dinner at Jasmine’s, a tapas lounge in the lobby of the elegant Fairmont Southampton, when none other than Quincy Jones himself strolled in with a small entourage. He ordered a thin crust pizza and sat in a quiet corner of the restaurant, no doubt charging his batteries for what’s sure to be a spirited show. That or he was gearing up for tonight’s big event, the world premiere of Michael Jackson’s “This is It,” which will be shown at Bermuda’s own Liberty Theatre after a pink carpet arrival (Yes, pink. This is Bermuda after all). High-profile guests include singers Patti Austin and James Ingram, plus Q himself—a worthy invitee considering he produced Michael’s Jackson’s Thriller 25 years ago. Tickets to the film's world premiere are sold out, but there’s still time to buy tickets to the music festival, which opens its doors at 6pm tomorrow. For more information, go to the Bermuda Music Festival’s official website. See ya at the show!

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