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It’s a jazzy weekend for Nassau Guardian and Star FM winners

We all have dreams. And nothing feels better than the ability to take someone’s dream and turn it into reality. For the second consecutive year,The Nassau Guardianand Star 106.5 FM have been fulfilling the dreams of Bahamians by sending them to the annual Miami Jazz in the Gardens festival.

With Gladys Knight, Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Heads of State(Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant), Musiq Soulchild, Branford Marsalis, the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernest Isley and EnVogue, we knew we dream to fill across all age groups.

While there were dozens of winners for concert tickets, Kayla Russell, Laverne Rolle and Dionne Rolle can thank their lucky”stars”as they were the winners of the coveted dream packages that almost everyone on the island wished for. We really couldn’t determine who was the most excited.

Russell was the winner of round-trip airfare for two on Bahamasair, hotel accommodations at Staybridge Suites, Fort Lauderdale, concert tickets for both nights at the Sun Life Stadium venue.

“I most want to see Gladys Knight,”said an excited Russell who along with the other package winners departs New Providence on Saturday morning, for the weekend experience of a lifetime.”I grew up listening to her as a child and love her songs . . . they were the songs you listened to when you had your first puppy love, and first boyfriend.”

She describes herself as grateful and overjoyed for her win, adding that she really stressed herself out over the six weeks ofThe Nassau Guardian/Star 106.5 FM promotion because she had wanted to win so badly.

Accompanying Williams to Jazz in the Gardens will be the person she describes as her”wonderful, significant other,”in Solomon Williams who she says is just as excited about the show, which she is giving to Williams for his birthday, which he celebrated on Wednesday, March 9.

“We didn’t exchange Valentine’s gifts and I didn’t purchase him a birthday gift, so it was extra special for me to have won to give this to him,”said the package for two winner. I had the tickets wrapped in a nice gift box, and when he opened it and saw Jazz in the Gardens, he got excited. He is still excited,”she said as they prepare to head out.

Laverne Rolle whose dreams also came true as her name was picked for an airfare, hotel concert tickets and car by Thrifty car rental package is excited about being able to see Gladys Knight live.

“I’m from the old school so I love Gladys Knight. She’s so soulful I just love her music. I also want to see Lauryn Hill as well, but Gladys is my favorite. I grew up on that music.”

When she was announced as a winner, she said she was elated and ecstatic. Actually, she wonders whether her husband, Edison John Rolle, is more excited than she is, because ever since she was announced as a winner, she’s noticed he’s been doing a dance around the house that she’d never seen before.

“He’s always wanted to go to Jazz in the Gardens, but finances, did not make that possible, so being able to do this for him was great. I’m more happy for him because he works hard and now he has this opportunity.”

For the third complete package winner Dionne Rolle who won a ticket for one on Bahamasair, two tickets for Jazz in the Gardens, accommodations at Staybridge Suites and car rental from Thrifty, the opportunity to see Gladys Knight perform was once again the draw.

“Man, I’m old school, so that just took the cake right there,”Rolle said.”I can identify with her, because her music is different, it’s strictly soul and good, clean soul. It’s not sexual. Her music speaks to love, and some things she say are spiritual also.”

Rolle, who is making a girls weekend of it is taking her daughter Tareia Rolle, with her and her sister Ashley, but her friend Sophia Fisher and her will be mellowing out to the smooth, sounds of Gladys Knight. Hundreds of other people, dozens of whom won concert tickets fromThe Nassau Guardianand Star 106.5 are heading out to make a weekend of it.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

3 p.m.–Doors open

3 p.m.–DJ Al Johnson

4 p.m–Johnny Holliday

4:30 p.m.–Jahfe

5:10 p.m.–Lalah Hathaway

6:10 p.m.–Al Jarreau

7 p.m.–DJ Irie

7:25 p.m.–Heads of State

8:50 p.m.–Charlie Wilson

10:35 p.m.–Lauryn Hill

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

3 p.m.–Doors open

3 p.m.–DJ Al Johnson

4 p.m.–Sy Smith

4:30 p.m. Dayve Stewart

5:10 p.m. Branford Marsalis

6:10 p.m. Musiq Soulchild

7 p.m.–DJ Irie

7:25 p.m.–En Vogue

8:40 p.m.–Gladys Knight

10:15 p.m.–Isley Brothers

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