The Casibari Jazz Festival is making its inaugural debut Sept. 20th of this year at the Casibari Music Café and Grill in Aruba and believe us when we tell you that you do not want to miss it! Local residents, as well as guests and visitors from across the globe will be making their way to the One Happy Island to enjoy the start of this new tradition. Boasting an incredible lineup of talented musicians from all over the world, this event is sure to light the nights on fire on the 20th and 21st.
Formally known as the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival and running for a dozen years prior, the event was canceled last year only to be rebranded and re-launched this year with a great new look and venue, along with a ton of new activities to surround the great music and food. The Casibari Café has a great local feel to it and is the perfect location for this reimagined music festival where Jazz, Blues, and Latin stylings all blend together for one weekend to fill the night air with smooth sounds and haunting rhythms.
Between the food court, the restaurant itself, two bars, and a coffee and whiskey lounge, there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat or a beverage to enjoy. There is also an art fair going on near the food court area where attendees can get a look at some of the work of local talents and traveling international artists as well. There is no shortage of culture and fun in this jam-packed weekend. The performers will delight and engage fans from two different stages; the Balashi Stage and the Do It Stage.
And speaking of those talented performers, we kid you not when we say that this is one star-studded schedule of incredibly gifted musicians spanning all types of diverse and unique backgrounds. On Friday, September 20th the listeners will be treated to the sounds of Tony Succar and Robert Jeand’or, the multi-cultural and multi-talented lineup of the Ara Caribbean Jazz Sextet, then Robert Jeand’or retakes the stage with his own crew to perform double duty, and the night will close out with Aruba’s very own and newly formed Michael Bremo Quintet, performing together at the Casibari Café for the first time.
The next night, Saturday the 21st, the second night of the festival will undoubtedly bring the perfect ending to what is sure to be an amazing debut of this newly reborn tradition. The music will be kicked off by Randal Corsen & Friends joined by Tania Kross and Dibo D. From there, Count Tutu will bring their unique blend of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and West African rhythms to the stage. Next, Antonio Bello and friends will produce that sweet jazz sound that Antonio helped bring to the island and popularize with the locals nearly 20 years ago.
And to end the show on a high note, Oruba Oruba, a tribal fusion group will perform. They will also pre-release their new album Tatumba during the festival itself as a thank you to the promoters of the event and as a special treat to the fans. If you are a music lover the only advice we can offer you is simply do not miss the amazing two-night debut of the Casibari Jazz Festival.