Less than three years after hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands, Intellectual Global Concepts LLC (IGC) — a local technology, media and entertainment company — will host the 2020 Music is Life Festival on Feb. 28. This event focuses on supporting music students at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) who were directly impacted by the disaster.
IGC has teamed up with the Reichhold Center, theUSVI Research and Technology Park, UVI and Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Dion Parson to present this festival, which will be a ticketed event. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Monday, Jan. 27, with online general admission tickets starting at $40 and increasing to $65 as the event gets closer.
The festival is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. and run through midnight that same night at two stages: one in the Reichhold Center parking lot and the other at Brewers Bay Beach, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
There will be two stages: main stage and a beach stage. Headlining the main stage will be Caribbean Soca band KES the Band, whose music continues to top the mainstream charts with tracks like “Hello,” “Savannah Grass” and “Nah Let Go,” just to name a few. Additionally, the event will showcase USVI’s own Cool Session Brass, Dub Lab Reggae featuring JParris, and Full Circle on the main stage along with an electric line up of DJs (including DJ Mike Swells of NYC) on the beach stage with fire dancers and local moko jumbie dancers.
Main Stage Full Line-up:
KES the Band
Cool Session Brass
Dub Lab Reggae ft JParris
Beach Stage Line-up:
- Mike Swells
VIP tickets will be offered online starting at $100 (VIP includes stage front access, a dedicated bar and a private restroom area). Table reservations will be accepted with a very limited supply on a first-come, first-serve basis (please inquire at [email protected] for further details).
Before tickets go on sale Jan. 27, attendees are encouraged to preregister for the event by visiting http://bit.ly/music-is-life-registration for an opportunity to win a pair of general admission tickets. Attendees who are interested in earning free tickets and commission by promoting and selling tickets to the event are encouraged to join IGC’s street team program by joining the Facebook group (further details are posted inside of the group).
All event proceeds in excess of the costs for the event and sponsor donations will go to UVI for hurricane relief, music education and recruiting students for performance ensembles through the music program at the UVI campuses. Since 2017 the UVI’s music program has been led by USVI native Dion Parson.
“The UVI Music Program offers an amazing opportunity for students attending the University of the Virgin Islands to earn the honor to teach within the K-12 arena, providing local jobs, furthering the music culture in the USVI and continuing to bolster the local communities,” said IGC executives. “We are proud to be able to support this program through scholarship funding for additional university expenses such as fees, housing and books and supplies. Along with being able to help provide our future musical leaders the most up to date technology to expand their musical talents.”
Event attendees will also be able to experience the local culture with several amazing food vendors and various local merchants placed throughout the venue and the online Silent Auction at www.32auctions.com/musicislife that features a fantastic selection of prizes, and will be available for bidding starting on or about Feb. 1. There will be multiple bars available for a variety of different beverage purchases.
Intellectual Global Concepts USVI LLC, also known as IGC, is a technology, media and entertainment company operating out of the USVI providing socially responsible companies with the opportunity to give back to the growing economy of the USVI.
Sponsors interested in collaborating with IGC on this event can contact organizers at [email protected]