R.Kelly and LL Cool J Headline Aruba’s Annual Soul Beach Music Festival This Memorial Day Weekend

NEW YORK, NY (March 19, 2012) – The One happy island of Aruba will play host to an A-list lineup of R&B powerhouses including R. Kelly, LL Cool J, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi as they headline the 12th annual Soul Beach Music Festival, which takes place from May 23 to May 28 this year. The festival features five days of power-packed events for soul music fans from around the world, including nightclub festivities, sizzling beach parties and live concerts.

LL Cool J and Ledisi will entertain concert-goers on May 26 while R. Kelly and Melanie Fiona will close out the festival on the evening of May 27. The headlining performing artists will take the stage at the Nikky Beach Amphitheatre, Aruba’s premier oceanfront complex which features an outdoor beach club, restaurant and nightclub.

“We are excited to see that 12 years later, the Soul Beach Music Festival is continuing to attract such a high caliber of performing artists, demonstrating Aruba’s status as a premier destination where new talent and culture is discovered and celebrated,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “The music festival welcomes visitors from around the world who will converge in Aruba to share their love for music while enjoying the great beaches, nightlife and activities offered.”

As one of the event sponsors, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is offering the “Catch the Rhythm Package,” which features 40% off leisure rates for a minimum four night stay plus $10 free match play per person for use in the on-site casino, $25 cocktail credit per room and a $50 spa credit per room. Rates start at $156 a night and are valid between May 20 and 31, 2012. Bookings must be made by March 31, 2012 with promotional code L9Z. For more information visit www.renaissancearuba.com.

For additional information about the Soul Beach Music Festival including ticketing, accommodations and the latest event updates visit http://www.soulbeach.net. To learn more about Aruba please visit www.aruba.com.

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Kick Off Summer at Aruba’s Annual Soul Beach Music Festival This Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-30

NEW YORK, NY – (May 11, 2011) – Aruba is proud to announce the A-list lineup for the eleventh Annual Soul Beach Music Festival, taking place May 25-30, 2011. This year’s festival offers live performances by Grammy Award-winning singers Jennifer Hudson and Chrisette Michele, as well as R&B supergroup Heads of State, which includes Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill.

The 2011 Soul Beach Music Festival falls over Memorial Day Weekend in Aruba’s sun-kissed paradise, with five-days of power-packed events. Soul music fans from around the world can take part in nightclub festivities, sizzling beach parties and live concerts. This year’s events will take place at Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas, Aruba’s second largest city, which boasts picturesque beaches and a main street promenade with local snack spots and souvenir shops.

“The Soul Beach Music Festival creates an upbeat atmosphere all throughout the island, with visitors from all over the world joining a celebration of music, wonderful beaches and plenty of parties,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority.

The Soul Beach Music Festival’s full schedule of events and ticket pricing information can be accessed at www.soulbeach.net. Specialized vacations to Aruba during the Soul Beach Music Festival can be booked through www.aruba.com.

For this year’s festival, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is offering the “Catch the Rhythm, Feed Your Soul” package, which includes 30% off leisure rates, a welcome cocktail upon arrival, and a Soul Beach goody back. The package is valid May 25 – 31, 2011 and can be booked with promotional code ER7.

About the Artists:
• Known for her incredible voice, actress and recording artist, Jennifer Hudson first came to prominence in 2004 as one the finalists on American Idol. She made her film debut in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, which won her several awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2008, Hudson’s debut album won her a Grammy Award and her recently released album I Remember Me debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
• Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Chrisette Michele will also be joining the lineup. With a style that incorporates a variety of musical genres, including rap, R&B and soul, Chrisette is best known for her songs “Be Ok” and “Epiphany.” She has also been featured on several hip-hop albums including Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come and Nas’ Hip Hop is Dead and recently released her third album Let Freedom Reign in November 2010.
• Former members of the R&B group New Edition, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill joined forces to create the super-group Heads of State. According to Gill, the group’s name is inspired by the original name for The Rat Pack. Heads of State has been touring together since 2008 and will make an exciting appearance at the Soul Beach Music Festival.
Together, these artists will participate in a one-of-a-kind musical festival on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Aruba.

For more information about vacations in Aruba, please visit online at www.ARUBA.com or call 1.800.TO.ARUBA.