Monday, September 27, 2010
It’s Monday, which means you’re probably angling for something to do this weekend. If you’re into warm weather, cool drinks and reggae superstars like Ziggy Marley then why not consider Bermuda? That’s right folks, it’s time for this year’s Bermuda Music Festival, a three-night event that kicks off on Thursday with none other than the world-renowned son of Bob. Those who were reading last year might remember my report from the 2009 festival’s first night, which included an electric performance by Wyclef-I-wanna-be-president-of-Haiti-Jean and Erykah-neo-soul-diva-Badu. (Wanna see for yourself? Watch this 50-second YouTube video for a small taste of Wyclef’s high-energy act). Then there was night two when Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin and Siedah Garrett were joined by the Bermuda Mass Choir for a rousing rendition of We Are the World. And finally, night three when Siedah Garrett, who wrote many of Michael Jackson’s tunes, got the crowd to its feet with her performance of the MJ hit Man in the Mirror. This year’s lineup is solidly in the R&B corner—after Ziggy on Thursday, singers Angie Stone and Estelle perform on Friday, then Grammy-Award winner Toni Braxton takes the stage on Saturday—and the festival will make its debut at a smaller, more intimate beachside venue at the luxurious Fairmont Southampton. So, how do you get your tickets? For single night, two-night or three-night passes check out BDATix. And if you’re flying in—because roundtrip airfare from New York is $289 on American Airlines this week and gets only incrementally higher from other east coast gateways—visit the Fairmont Southampton’s deals tab for Bermuda Music Festival hotel packages (three-night stay plus three nights at the festival for $929). As for me, well, I'll see ya at the show!