Melba Moore to lead Escape
AMERICAN R&B singer and actress Melba Moore will be the headliner for Jamaica Epicurean Escape scheduled for May 22-25 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Richmond Estate in St Ann.
The announcement was made at the launch of the food, wine and music festival at The Countryside Club in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, on Tuesday.
"We chose her based on the wide range in the age of our audience and that was based on data from the first event. She has the appeal for both old and young," Marcia McDonough, festival manager, told the Jamaica Observer.
This is Moore's second consecutive year as headliner for the three-year-old festival. The 68-year-old is known for hits including U Never Know, There I Go Falling In Love Again, and There's No Other Like You. Her acting credits are included in The Fighting Temptations (2003), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) and Lost in the Stars (1974).
Moore will be leading off a line-up of local and Caribbean artistes which will include Susanne Couch and a host of talent from Penthouse Records, which will be using the show to help celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Patti LaBelle was the main act for the inaugural event in 2012.
"We haven't worked out the full arrangement of the musical programme as yet, but the aim is to synchronise the acts with the food theme for that night," explained McDonough.
Attendees of the launch were given a short taste of what to expect with performances from Bryan Art and steel pan musician Reajhaun Baptiste.