18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba
Making Waves with Iconic Performances
Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Guy and Sevyn Streeter
Marlon Wayans Headlines Comedy Night
Local Band: Buleria and Esha
Memorial Day Weekend May 23-28
A 6-day Festival Filled with Heart & Soul
Good vibes roll in like high tides at The18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba illuminating a massive tour de force lineup sure to have festival goers basking in the red-hot glow of performances by Alicia Keys, 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/ producer, Maxwell, 3-time Grammy Award-winning, singer/songwriter/producer/actor, Guy, mega hitmakers, Sevyn Streeter, singer/songwriter powerhouse and Marlon Wayans, actor/producer/comedian/writer/film director performing Memorial Day weekend, May 23-28. Taking it to the next level, where hot is the new cool, Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba is an interactive treasure trove of sights and sounds with nonstop entertainment featuring music concerts host, Chris Spencer, Comedy night lineup hosted by Rudy Rush featuring comedians Sydney Castillo and Buddy Lewis, Special Guest DJ Jazzy Jeff, music artists The Box featuring Tony Tatum as well as local bands: Buleria and Esha.
Year after year, the Soul Beach Music Festival touts a fiery lineup of melodious maestros and this year’s forecast is no different. Featuring grammy-award winning artists, powerhouse vocalists and concert extraordinaires — Aruba is excited to welcome musicians such as Alicia Keys, Sevyn Streeter and Marlon Wayans to serenade our island," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “Having hosted the festival on-island for 16 years, we are eager to witness such prolific artists perform and encourage our visitors to soak up the endless entertainment, constant sunshine and multi-cultural festivities that Aruba has to offer.”
An oasis for happy people, Aruba has a style all its own, with a cosmopolitan scene that is both lively yet laid back offering a dazzling destination with a mix of exciting diversions to include: art galleries, endless beaches, stunning natural surroundings, off-road tours and miles of walking and biking trails. Not only is Aruba infused with happiness but it’s the epicenter of paradise. Set against the backdrop of azure skies, statuesque palm trees and timeless architecture, the warmth of Aruban culture permeates with beautiful souls. Rest assured, it will exceed expectations. Soul Beach Music Festival, previously named #4 by USA Today readers’ choice “10 Best Caribbean Celebrations” and #1 “Caribbean Summer Festival” by Jetsetter Magazine, features a truly unique and unforgettablethree-in-one experience featuring live music performances, comedy shows and day beach parties. For 6 consecutive days and nights, Soul Beach Music Festival will be a gateway to world-class entertainment. Travelers will escape the ordinary and indulge in the extraordinary with thrilling discoveries of Aruba’s upscale retail and culinary scene, one of global influences, to culminate an unforgettable journey of all things sweet and savory. The18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba elucidates the allure of island charm, the pizazz of a harmonious sojourn and the amusement of picture perfect memories.
“We are thrilled to kickoff 6 Days of music and memorable experiences in the beautiful Paradise that is Aruba,” said Mark Adkins, Executive Producer of Soul Beach Festival Productions. "Last year’s turnout broke all our tourist attendance records and 2018 is on pace to pass that mark even further. Looking forward to greeting our loyal Soul Beach Fam attendees and welcoming a host of this year’s newbies.”
From sun-drenched day parties at MooMba Beach featuring celebrity DJ’s elevating the crowd, to amplified nightclubs featuring exclusive after hour sets by undeniable spin masters: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Frank Ski, DJ E-Clazz, DJ Chris Dope, DJ Mars, and DJ Diablo spinning on the turntables. Bringing up-to-the-minute news from the festivities to the international listening audience, on-air personalities from the AM/PM Workload Show with Gee Money - Laser 101, St. Maarten, Adai Lamar Morning Show Host - 102.3 KJLH, Los Angeles, The Suppa Duppa Morning Show with Suppa Kid– Laser 101, St. Maarten and afternoon Rush w/Rudy Rush - 93.7 The Beat, Houston/iHeart Radio are the au fait voices providing an aerial view of the 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba thru the airwaves.
Friday, May 25
Comedy night headliner, Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director phenomena known for the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. and film credits Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Littleman, Dance Flick and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra to name a few. With no shortage of ingenuity, Wayans throws down in a new stand-up special filmed in Washington D.C. for Netflix. He continues to light up the screen, starring on a new hit NBC sitcom "Marlon,” which debuted last summer as the #1 scripted series on the Big 4 networks and has been renewed for a second season. Festival revelers will need a chill down after experiencing the heat of Wayans mesmeric comedy show on Friday, May 25th.
Saturday, May 26
Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism will set the stage on fire with her effortless grace and musical virtuosity to headline Saturday, May 26th. In 2016, Keys released her critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, Here. Featuring a composition of 16 songs, the album raises awareness around pivotal human rights issues at the forefront of controversy and debate. Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. She also co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and serves as Global Ambassador for the organization.
Guy, is one of the most seminal and influential R&B groups to hit the charts. True R&B chart toppers, the distinctive trio changed the face of hip hop and R&B music and fostered in the era of New Jack Swing with numerous hits such as, “I Like”, “Let’s Chill” and “Piece of my Love”. Guy’s highly anticipated main stage performance on Saturday, May 26 evokes body swaying, head nodding and finger popping movement as the pumped up crowd will feel the beat before the music queues.
Sunday, May 27
Maxwell, 3-time Grammy® Award-winning, singer, songwriter, producer and actor will bring the heat with his sumptuously anointed vocals and cosmic conveyance to headline Sunday, May 27th. Maxwell has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades. The Grammy winner's latest album ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ the second installment of his musical trilogy encompassing his 20+ year career, garnered praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN, Complex, and more, and earned him his third-Grammy (Best R&B Song for “Lake By The Ocean”), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist) and a 2018 NAACP Award nomination in the Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album category for "Gods."
Sevyn Streeter, always felt music was her calling. Blessed with vocals and star-power stage presence, Streeter has the midas touch. She is a hit songwriter and penned tracks for Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Estelle. Her studio album, Girl Disrupted was preceded by the release of five singles. With R&B hits, Before I Do, It Won’t Stop and I Like It, to name a few, the stage will be a wonderland when Streeter delivers her performance at the main stage concert on Sunday, May 27.
Ticket prices for the SOUL BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 are $90 US (AFL 162) per concert or $260 US (AFL 468) for a three-night concert package (plus applicable service charges).
Café the Plaza - Renaissance Marketplace - Oranjestad
Craft Coffee & Bar - Palm Beach
Dragon CD & Electronics - San Nicolas
De Palm Tours Concierge Desks - At most of the major hotels.
Hamaka Sidewalk Cafe - Oranjestad
MooMba Beach – Palm Beach
Reflexions - Oranjestad
Salt & Pepper - Palm Beach
CITGO - *Select Locations
(Boulevard, Essoville, Santa Cruz & Palm Beach)
Ponton Service Station – Ponton
*Venue Box Office Opens Two Hours Before Showtime
The 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival is sponsored by Aruba Tourism Authority; additional sponsors include JetBlue, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Divi Resorts Aruba, Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino, Reina Beatrix Aruba Airport Authority, Heineken, Don Julio, Johnny Walker, CÎROC, Captain Morgan, Hennessy, HPNOTIQ, Moët & Chandon Champagne, Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino, The Mill Resort Hotel Aruba, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, RIU Hotels & Resorts, SETAR, Aruba Port Authority, Budget, Hertz, Fun Miles and Dufry.
As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba — One happy island — is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease and where a diverse history parallels a bright future. Nestled in the southern Caribbean outside the hurricane belt, the island is just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami, a four-hour flight from New York City and boasts year-round cooling trade winds with an average 82-degree temperature. Aruba offers beach-lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation-seekers and everyone in between a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 200 restaurants with 25+ located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences such as cooling off in Conchi, Aruba’s natural pool— accessible only by foot or off-road vehicle. With all-inclusive options, boutique properties in charming Eagle Beach, high-rise branded resorts in Palm Beach and cosmopolitan city hotels in Oranjestad, the island of contradictions provides the perfect getaway for both first-time guests and loyal visitors. www.aruba.com