Todd DeFeo

Santana, Keys slated to headline Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Carlos Santana and Alicia Keys will headline this year’s Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, set for Labor Day weekend.

Mexican rock bank Maná, Ruben BladésIndia Arie and Jill Scott are among the other artists slated to perform at this year’s festival, the third annual.

“The third annual Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival will draw a huge crowd as our line-up features world famous Award-winning artists, including Santana, and many more to be announced shortly,” Curaçao Tourist Board CEO Ghatim Kabbara said in a recent news release. “…Travelers from all over the world will be joining us for this celebration of music, heightening awareness of Curaçao as the hottest and most cultured Caribbean island.”

Sting, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Ruben Blades, Earth, Wind & Fire and Branford Marsalis and his quartet headlined last year’s festival.

This year’s festival will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the island’s World Trade Center in Piscadera Bay, and day tickets start at $195. In the week leading up to the festival, a number of Curaçaoän artists are expected to perform in various “pop up” concerts around the island.

For more information about the festival, visit www.curacaonorthseajazz.com.

IF YOU GO: American Airlines and Insel Air offer service to Curaçao from Miami. Continental Airlines offers service from Newark, and Insel Air has launched service to the island from Charlotte. Charlotte, Miami and Newark are easily accessible from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.