Concert tonight in Frederiksted


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ST. CROIX - In celebration of Emancipation Day, the Frederiksted Economic Development Association will present its Post Emancipation concert tonight.

Organizer Melody Rames said activities begin at 3 p.m. when vendors set up shop on Strand Street.

Music starts at 6:30 p.m. - at no charge - and stretching into the night until 1 a.m., she said

Rames said the event is tailored for the entire family.

The entertainment line-up for the festival will included Tarco and the Crucian Rhythm; The Midnite Band; and Carl Gustave.

Gustave is a heritage singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who was born in St. Lucia, but grew up in Los Angeles. His musical style is a melting pot of blues, jazz, reggae, rock and soul. Gustave has been part of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival for the last five years.

Midnite, from St. Croix, is a local roots band, headed by lead singer Vaughn Benjamin and his brother, bassist, keyboardist and musical arranger Ron Benjamin. Formed in the late 80s, Midnite returned to St. Croix in late 1999, after having spent some years in Washington, D.C.

Rames said the event is a jazz, reggae and soul concert with fireworks and a street fair.

Fireworks for the event will begin at 8 p.m. over the Frederiksted waterfront.

Emancipation Day commemorates the day when enslaved Africans on St. Croix's West End rose up, demanded their freedom and won it, along with freedom for all slaves in the territory.

On July 3, 1848, freed slave and skilled craftsman Moses Gottlieb, who also was known as "General Buddhoe," led the uprising.

Buddhoe and his comrade Martin King had organized slaves on St. Croix's West End plantations to march on the town of Frederiksted.

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