8 Top Reasons to Attend the Nevis Blues Festival 2017

Written by  Janet Thrasher

Blues on the Beach in the Caribbean April 7 & 8, 2017

For the third year running, international artists will serve up the very best Blues, Soul, Funk and Blues Rock at the friendly and intimate Nevis Blues Festival.

Quaint, picture-book perfect Nevis is THE perfect place to ‘lime’ (relax and party a little). The mellow island vibe is completely conducive to unwinding with old friends, and new, while grooving in close proximity to electrifying world-class musicians. Ticket sales are being limited to 1,000 per day to preserve the cozy feel of the festival.

Oualie Beach Resort will once again host the lively showcase of top shelf music – it peacefully resides directly across ‘The Narrows’ from St. Kitts, sister island to Nevis. Fly into St. Kitts from major airports and hop onto a quick water taxi ride right to the venue itself.

Here are the top reasons to seriously consider joining the Blues Fest in Nevis, West Indies, April 7 and 8, 2017:

1. HIGH QUALITY FESTIVAL

Nevis Blues Festival has quickly gained the reputation of being one of the principal music festivals in all of the Caribbean. Ticket prices are $45 US per person, per night – an outstanding price given the intimacy of the event and the off-the-charts musicianship.

2. TOP MUSICIANS

Ian Siegal is Britain’s most acclaimed Bluesman – inducted into the British Blues Hall of Fame, he has countless awards under his belt and is also a successful recording artist.

Nevis Blues Fest favorite Denise Gordon is renowned for a blues-to-gospel catalog rooted in her Nevisian ancestry. A diva in the best possible way, Gordon tours extensively in Europe.

Simon McBride returns! An über Blues Rock guitarist. Music News, feels that he rightfully belongs in the pantheon of legendary performers such as Al Di Meola and Joe Bonamassa.

Also back by popular demand are The Netherlands-bred The Rhythm Chiefs led by Dusty Ciggar, an Americana-style guitarist whose star is on the rise due to his seamless mash-up of blues and country.

AJ Ghent is new to the festival. Born into a rich US Blues legacy, he’s known as a ‘Soul-Blues Funkster’ (for lack of a better term) and is heir apparent to the grand ‘steel’ tradition.

Another Nevis Blues Fest novice, British-born Ben Waters is a ‘Boogie Woogie’ pianist extraordinaire and has played with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, and even the great Jerry Lee Lewis.

Highly regarded singer, songwriter and bandleader Deanna Bogart not only plays piano, but wails on the sax, too. The critically acclaimed American rounds out the artists who are joining Blues on the Beach for the first time.

3. GREAT VENUE

The small-scale and low-key atmosphere of the Nevis Blues Festival is made even more special by its location on the beach at Oualie Bay, ‘Land of Beautiful Waters.’ Indeed the Caribbean Sea here is as pristine and stunning as the tiny island is.

4. DELECTABLE FOOD

Authentic Thai food, Indian food, pub food, and local seafood and barbecue are cooked up fresh onsite for festivalgoers. Rum punch and local beers are within arms’ reach at all times.

With the VIP ticket option, concertgoers can drink and dine at the ‘Tamarind Lounge’, which overlooks the stage. In addition to a gourmet buffet, VIPs can enjoy wine, beer and spirits.

5. AMAZING TICKET PRICES

Show tickets are a very reasonable $45 USD per person per night. Tamarind Lounge tickets are $95 USD per person per night and must be booked in advance. Tickets are on sale NOW!

6. NBF IS EASY TO GET TO FROM ST. KITTS, THE CARIBBEAN AND BEYOND

International flights land in St. Kitts regularly from New York, Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta and Toronto.

Fly directly from London to St. Kitts or connect via Antigua to Nevis. From Paris, connect to Nevis via St. Maarten.

Take a taxi from the airport and hop on the ferry or a water taxi for the final Nevis leg.

Or, fly right in to Nevis from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Antigua and St. Maarten.

7. HEAVENLY WEATHER

The tropical climate is tempered by almost constant sea breezes and it never gets too hot or humid in the spring. Expect 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 C) on average in April. The chance of rain is slim, but if it does rain, the tears from heaven are typically here and gone.

8. UNPARALLELED ISLAND

Nevis’ romantic charm arises from its authentic down-to-earth ambiance and gorgeous unspoiled surroundings. Under developed by Caribbean standards, it boasts zero high-rises, fast-food joints, traffic lights or strip malls. The main island road that encircles the ‘rock’ dates back to British colonial times.

Visible remnants of the island’s history dot the landscape and stories abound of historical celebrities who called Nevis home at one time or another. “The Queen of The Caribees’, Nevis was the richest of the West Indies sugar islands – it produced both the highest quantity and highest quality cane. European colonial powers vied for control over its riches for years.

You really can get away from it all in Nevis, even with modern conveniences and technology at your fingertips. The nearly vacant beaches stretch endlessly and the sand is fine. The air is clean and clear, just like the mild waters of the Caribbean ,Sea. Relax under a beach umbrella with your head in a book or enjoy a myriad of recreational pursuits.

There are no jets tearing through the skies overhead, only island music wafting on the breeze and nature’s music at night to the tune of insects and tree frogs. And, of course, the rowdy, raw and rich sounds of the Nevis Blues Festival on April 7 and 8, 2017.

Music-crazed blogger Janet Thrasher moved to Nevis on the eve of the first Nevis Blues Festival. Look for her near the stage dancing up a storm.

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