On August 29 and 30, the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival will celebrate its first lustrum and it’s going to be one big party again. The first names to be announced for the jubilee edition are not the least: Bruno Mars and Juan Luis Guerra will make their appearance at the festival site at the World Trade Center, Piscadera Bay.
Bruno Mars is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold over 115 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits. Bruno Mars and his eight-piece band The Hooligans are on a sold-out world arena tour and will perform at the Pepsi Superbowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
Juan Luis Guerra will make his second appearance at the festival. The Dominican king of merengue also attended the 2011 edition and gave a wonderful performance that people are still talking about. He alternates between merengue, salsa, and bachata, mixed with Afro-pop, jazz, and folksongs. For almost 30 years already, Juan Luis Guerra has been one of the most respected Latin artists in the world. With over 30 million records sold, 15 Latin Grammy Awards, 2 Latin Billboard Awards and 2 Grammys he still leads the charts. The organization is therefore very pleased to welcome him back this year.
Saturday August 30, Juan Luis Guerra will open the evening on the Sam Cooke stage. Bruno Mars will take the same stage to close the evening.
On Thursday, August 28, prior to the festival, a free concert will take place on the Sam Cooke stage at the festival site. The Metropole Orchestra will pay tribute to the Curaçao musician Doble-R (Rignald Recordino). With, among others, Karin Bloemen, Izaline Calister, Giovanca, Ompie Stefania, and Randal Corsen.