Thursday 12 December, 2019

Phase 1 of Live Music District draws to a close

BP Renegades performed at the first Live on the Avenue

BP Renegades performed at the first Live on the Avenue

As phase one of the pilot of the Live Music District (LMD) draws to an end, the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) and the Ministry of Trade and industry, in collaboration with the Port of Spain City Corporation, will host its third Live on the Avenue event. Live on the Avenue III will take place on Sunday, July 1 at Adam Smith’s Square on Ariapita Avenue from 4:30 pm.

IIn a release, MusicTT said the Live Music District, which launched in March, has provided local artists with the opportunities to showcase their talent at various events and locations throughout the chosen phase one district, the City of Port-of-Spain. Registered artists have performed in venues such as Radisson Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Smokey and Bunty, Kaiso Blues Café, Xperience Event Centre and the Avenue Pub House to name a few.

“The LMD Brand continues to grow in popularity as people recognise the possibilities that come with such an initiative,” says John Arnold, Chairman of MusicTT. “Live music is a fundamental pillar of the music industry. The designation of creative, cultural and entertainment districts attracts visitors and therefore creates opportunities for jobs and revenue generation. The creation of a Live Music District is a key strategy which MusicTT undertook, through CreativeTT and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in order to build and develop the local music industry and the country as a whole.”

The LMD brand has been associated with other local initiatives. The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts collaborated with the Live Music District to bring music to the public via the Live at Lunch series in Woodford Square and The Port-of-Spain City Corporation also incorporated the LMD into its City Month celebrations via events such as Live at the Promenade, Live at the Gardens and Live at the Square.

The Live on the Avenue series is one of the most anticipated events under the Live Music District said MusicTT.

The series incorporates live music performances by registered LMD artists and popular local steelpan bands; it not only showcases the talent of our homegrown artists but, also, the national instrument.

Live on the Avenue premiered on Sunday, April 22 with performances by LMD artists Sherisse Collymore, Chenko and Xone and featured the 2018 Panorama winners, BP Renegades. Live on the Avenue II followed on Sunday, June 10 and featured WITCO Desperadoes, the Caribbean Airlines Skiffle Steel Orchestra and LMD artists Full 100, Neisha Guy and Ms. Renuka.

Live on the Avenue III will close off phase one of the Live Music District with performances by HADCO Phase II Pan Grove and Nex Chapta.

LMD’s phase two is scheduled to begin soon and will now include instrumentalists on the artist roster. Instrumentalists are encouraged to sign up online to be a part of the Live Music District. 

To learn more about the Live Music District, or to sign up to the artist roster, visit www.musictt.co.tt/LMD or follow MusicTT’s social media page: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicofTT

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