Tumba, Reggae, Calypso, Compás, Salsa, Bachata, Punta, Zouk, and too many more to name, are all incredible Caribbean music genres.
Blues though? Would anyone guess that Blues is becoming one of the most popular genres in and around the Caribbean?!
It’s true, and one island in particular is celebrating the genre BIG TIME in a few weeks, for the 2nd year in a row, and trust us, this is not an event to miss.
Curaçao, the “C” of the ABC islands in the southwest Caribbean, is hosting a two-day, completely free, blues music festival.
The 2nd Annual Curacao International BlueSeas Festival is going to be bigger and better than last year, if that’s even possible, and yes, is seriously free.
Imagine a vacation on a Caribbean island – white sandy beaches, tepid warm ocean water, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking to panoramic views, eating, drinking and general merryness. Sounds like a dream right?
It is. Add listening to world-famous blues artists, for free, to the mix and now you’ve got an unparalleled experience waiting for you.
From Friday May 6 through Saturday May 7, six stages will be built in the historical area of Pietermaai where the musicians will be performing. The genres we can expect to hear are blues, blues-rock, bluegrass, soul, and even gospel.
Talent includes emerging artists such as the British Laurence Jones and American Samantha Fish, to well-known established artists such as Robert Randolph and The Family band and Royal Southern Brotherhood.
Headlining is none other than American music legend, singer/pianist Leon Russell, one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians to date. Russell has been in the industry for 50 years, and has worked with the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John.
So what can you expect to be doing, eating, and experiencing over the course of this two-day festival you might ask?
Well, let us illuminate the answers for you!
Naturally if you venture to Curaçao for this incredible festival, you’ll be listening to some stellar blues.
- You may also be lounging on one or more of these beaches (for a little R&R in between sets).
- Or checking out the beautiful buildings and unique architecture in and around the festival in the historic neighborhood of Pietermaai, which is known for being a cultural, raw, edgy, but also in parts luxurious neighborhood. A bit of historical Curaçao meets modern hip Curaçao.
One of the most delicious and exciting ways to experience a new culture is through its food! Because Curaçao is a serious melting pot of cultures – think Spanish, French, British, Dutch, African, and more, the local food has influences from across the globe.
- Keshi Yena, a local dish of cheese stuffed with meat. Often times the cheese is gouda, and is commonly stuffed with spiced chicken, onion, olives, capers, and tomatoes.
- Okra Soup, this yummy soup is made with the green okra vegetable, which is boiled and then mixed with fish and salted meat. Similar to American gumbo.
- Pastechi, a delicious pastry stuffed with chicken, cheese, tuna, or minced meat, and typically eaten for breakfast.
Well that’s simple – the sights, sounds, and activities of everyday life in Curaçao! Plus a plethora of Blues artists! For your time before and/or after the festival, here are a few fan-favorite Curaçao activities:
- Scuba Diving, whether you’re a seasoned diver, or a beginner, Curaçao boats some of the most spectacular diving spots in the Caribbean.
- Ostrich Farm, this is a real thing. Not sure how this ended up on the island, but regardless everyone is guaranteed a good, and hilarious, time.
- Hiking, one of the best ways to get a solid feel for the island, not to mention ahh-mazing views, there’s a variety of hikes in size and scope you can try out, visit here for more information.
Do your inner blues afficionado a favor and find your way by plane, boat, private jet, yacht, or any other way you can discover, to Curaçao for the epic 2nd Annual Curacao International BlueSeas Festival. Two days might not seem long enough for some fun in the sun, which is why we always recommend arriving before, or staying after, to continue enjoying the delights our beautiful island has to offer.
For your accommodation needs, book your stay at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort – a perfect blend of luxury and culture, while being secluded yet centrally located to all the islands attractions. Happy festing!