Good Vibes Only!

Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba

Good Vibes Only!

Live Music by The Roots, Jill Scott, Lucky Daye, Anthony Hamilton

Comedy Night featuring Deon Cole & Tiffany Haddish –

Memorial Day Weekend May 24-29

Hosted by Chris Spencer & Chase Anthony

Featuring Musical Guest: WATRA & NBO

Oranjestad, Aruba — May 24, 2023 – Set your sights on higher ground and indulge in harmonious vibrations at the Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba. Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 – 29, 2023, the stars appear center stage for nightly shows displaying high-volume performances by chart-topping talent, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Lucky Daye, Anthony Hamilton, Deon Cole & Tiffany Haddish. Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba brings a tour de force line-up of unwavering excellence, singers/musicians/comedians/entertainers, sure to quench the soul of festival attendees from all over the world in Aruba’s paradise.

May 26th Friday Comedy Night: Co-headliners, Deon Cole & Tiffany Haddish

May 27th Saturday Music Concert: The Roots and Anthony Hamilton

May 28th Sunday Music Concert: Jill Scott and Lucky Daye

“The Soul Beach Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that electrifies our One happy island. We are honored to be hosting the 21st anniversary of the largest music festival in the Caribbean” said Ronella Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “The festival continues to bring top international artists and performers to the island, and we can’t wait for locals and travelers to experience the magic of Soul Beach.”

Dive into destination dreams in Aruba’s oasis and explore the most welcoming adventure replete with outdoor attractions primed for the ultimate encounter with nature. A true cosmopolitan getaway intertwined in authentic Caribbean culture; Aruba offers an array of idyllic beachside restaurants with seating at the water’s edge to serene coffee shops serving up boastful brews, but there is so much more to explore beyond the shorelines. Travelers are beckoned to experience an epicurean affair of culinary indulgences along with pristine art displays, a national park, and expansive accommodations showcasing hotels and villas reminiscent of intimate secluded retreats. A premium shopping district transports fashion lovers into infinite odyssey surrounded by cool yacht sensations. Get ready to give free rein to the extraordinary at Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba. This Memorial Day weekend, Aruba is the place to see and be seen!

“We are thrilled to kick off our 21st edition of the Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba with such a star-studded line up, Mark Adkins, CEO & Executive Producer of Soul Beach Festival Productions. “Festivalgoers have been buzzing with excitement on social and have started arriving early this year on the beautiful island of Aruba. We give thanks to all our partners but a special salute to the Aruba Tourism Authority for all these years of commitment which has grown the festival to attract over 7000 tourists for this Memorial Day Weekend.  Get ready to ride the wave and enjoy a week while creating a lifetime of memories.”

Catch the sound waves at DJ Frank Ski’s Poolside Happy Hour, broadcasting live to Washington DC’s WHUR and Atlanta’s KISS 104.1 and Gee Money airing live on the The AM/PM Workload Show with amped-up frequency to tuned in listeners. Festival goers will partake in bedazzled Caribbean nights with a powerful mix of celebrity DJ’s heating up the vinyl to spin partygoers into a euphoric bliss. Featuring beat making maestros, DJ Frank Ski, DJ Envy, DJ Trauma, DJ Outkast, DJ E-Clazz, DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Ted Smooth, DJ Diablo, Quinn & The Jukebox and Yameen Allworld, blurring the lines between house, R&B, new jack swing, hip-hop and reggae. Exclusive sun & social lounges flow into endless views as the crowd of music lovers ebb and flow between playful day parties, epic music concerts and soul stirring nightlife – only to arise to a picturesque horizon and start all over again. Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba is a celebration you will not find anywhere else.

FRIDAY 5.26.23 – COMEDY NIGHT

Deon Cole

Deon Cole is a two-time Emmy-nominated writer, actor, and comedian. He’s known for such roles as the hilarious Charlie on Freeform’s GROWNISH and ABC’s BLACK-ISH, for which he is a three-time NAACP award winner. With a career spanning over 20 years, Cole has been featured on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam on Showtime, and his own comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. In 2022, Deon released his latest one-hour stand-up special, Deon Cole: Charleen’s Boy, on Netflix.

Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish has established herself as one of the most sought-after comedic actresses and performers of this generation. With an impressive list of projects under her belt including Nobody’s Fool, Night School and, of course her breakout role in Girl’s Trip, just to name a few, Haddish is a force.  She made history becoming the first Black female stand-up comedian to host SNL, earning her an Emmy. Her Grammy award- winning comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah debuted on Netflix in 2019. Currently you can see Haddish in Easter Sunday (opposite Jo Koy) and Apple TV’s critically acclaimed murder-mystery series, The Afterparty.

COMEDAY NIGHT HOST:

Chase Anthony

Actor and Comedian, Chase Anthony, is among one of Hollywood’s rising entertainers. His commanding presence and irrefutable humor lights up the stage. Currently you can see Chase starring in two seasons of Bigger on BET+, produced by Will Packer Productions, as well as the recently released Paramount+ film, Pretty Stoned.

SATURDAY,5.27.23 – MUSIC CONCERT

The Roots

Since their debut in 1993, The Roots have been one of the most prolific rap groups and progressive acts in contemporary music. For the past 30 years, The Roots have achieved massive success with successive studio releases reaching platinum and gold status as well as three Grammy wins. They continue to challenge the restrictions of music and genre, partnering as the band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton is a platinum selling, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter. For the past 20 years, Hamilton has delivered a multitude of beloved hits, including Can’t Let Go, The Point of It all, Cool, and Charlene.  His latest album, Love Is The New Black, was released in 2021 and signified the launch of Hamilton’s label, My Music Box.

WATRA

WATRA is a multilingual songwriter and musician. Born in Amsterdam, being raised on Aruba and having Surinamese-Haitian roots WATRA has always been surrounded by culturally rich environments. In her musical journey she has composed, recorded music and performed at various festivals. WATRA performs along with four creative musicians that inspire her such as pianist Kyle Winklaar, guitarist Serghio Janssen, drummer Jeremy Bonarriba and bassplayer Reno Steba. What this band have in common is that they are all educators, composers, and passionate about sharing this universal language we call music.

SUNDAY,5.28.23 – MUSIC CONCERT

Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and New York Time’s best-selling poet. With a career spanning over two decades, Jilly from Philly has graced the music scene with a voice that carries depth and precision. Her incomparable melodic style has given us tried and true R&B classics such as: A Long Walk, The Way, Golden and So In Love (ft. Anthony Hamilton), just to name a few.

Lucky Daye

Since the release of his 2019 debut album Painted, Lucky Daye has been elevating the modern-day R&B game: offering a classic soul sound with his own, unique stylistic twist. An undeniable and exciting talent, both as a vocalist and songwriter, Daye has already amassed an impressive catalog of work including his 2021 Grammy award winning EP Table For Two. His sophomore album, Cadydrip, received critical acclaim and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart.

NBO

NBO is a famous group that put show on the roads and on stage with Caiso and Soca music and whether they perform with a group of 500 plus dancers or on a stage with 10 dancers it will be guaranteed a show where nobody can sit and watch. Your body will move on their hot rhythm.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MUSIC CONCERT HOST:

Chris Spencer

With a career spanning over 30 years, actor, comedian, writer, producer and director, Chris Spencer is truly at the top of the entertainment game. He is co-creator of BET’s hit faux reality show Real Husbands of Hollywood and has also been head writer for countless shows such as the Emmys, SNL, and ABC Family’s Grownish, just to name a few. He recently directed his first feature, Back on the Strip, starring Tiffany Haddish and Wesley Snipes.

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The 2023 Soul Beach Music Festival is sponsored by Aruba Tourism Authority; additional sponsors include JetBlue, AHATA, ALL BLK.tv, Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort, Divi Resorts, Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort, Courtyard by Marriot, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, Aruba Airport Authority, Setar, Kini Kini Tours, Surinam Airways, JetAir, Heineken, Casamigos Tequila, Johnny Walker Whiskey, Ciroc Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum, Hennessy, Hpnotiq, Moet, Fun Miles, Aruba Ports Authority, Budget, Amigo Rent-a-Car, GMax Car Rental, Sunset Car Rental, Royal Car Rental, Drive 4 Cheap Car Rental and Smart Rent.

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About Aruba

As one of the most revisited Caribbean destinations, Aruba – One happy island – offers breathtaking beaches, diverse culinary delights, a sprawling and unforgettable Arikok National Park, and award-winning hotels and villas. A leader in innovation, the country was awarded a top spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list due to their ambitious sustainability efforts. In today’s ever-changing world, Aruba’s ‘Health and Happiness Code’ safety protocols provide peace of mind, while still delivering a relaxing on-island experience. Located outside the hurricane belt, explore all Aruba has to offer, from romantic beach getaways, unique wellness experiences and more, on Aruba.com.

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May 24, 2023
Rona Coster