The Venetian Carnival – Macao’s definitive entertainment event – today finalised the judging panel for Asia’s richest Jazz & Blues contest with celebrity judge actor-singer Michael Wong, and shortlisted 12 semi-finalists; who will compete for a cash prize pool of HK$500,000 (approx. US$64,000) over the three-day battle of the bands at The Venetian Macao, from May 25 to 27.
The semi-finalists represent an impressive line-up of international talent from destinations including Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, the Philippines and the United States.
Hong Kong icon Michael Wong will sit alongside Mr. Matt Coyte, Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone Australia magazine, and Ms. Vonzell Solomon, American Idol top-three finalist, for the three-day carnival to watch 12 hopeful bands perform in a 30-minute set for visitors. They will be judged on their skill, style and overall performance, with a further 6 shortlisted bands playing in the final showdown on Sunday, May 27. The top three winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, May 27 at 10 pm.
This latest announcement finalises the entertainment line-up for The Venetian Carnival, which also includes ten-time Grammy Award nominee and guitar legend, George Benson, who will kick-off the three-day extravaganza (tickets sold separately), and the Pine Leaf Boys and The Nevilles, who will perform at the “Charity Ball.” The entertainment also includes The Venetian Macao’s own talented street performers, and a special appearance by the local Macau School of Music Jazz Band.
“I am pleased to say that the entertainment line-up for the inaugural The Venetian Carnival International Jazz & Blues competition is complete and we have a phenomenal weekend of live entertainment in store! The 12 finalists will battle it out for the HK$500,000 in prize money up for grabs; with artists and bands that hail from all corners of the globe; including Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, the Philippines and the United States,” said Brendon Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Resort Marketing, Venetian Macau Limited.
“It has taken the entertainment committee some 30 hours of evaluating each application for authenticity, technical skill, overall presentation and performance ability. The calibre of entries made our decision difficult – to the point where we are adding a special appearance for the Macau School of Music Jazz Band, our talented local band from School of Music, Macao Conservatory. We are extremely excited to be hosting this competition and I would like to personally thank all the bands who believed in this event.”
The 12 finalists are:
- FANtastica (Hong Kong)
- Ginda and the White Flowers (Indonesia)
- Greice Ive (Brazil)
- Macau Jazz Experience (Macao)
- Mok Kyung Kim (Korea)
- Red Groove (China)
- Roland Tchakounte (France)
- Spoke (USA)
- The CompanY (Philippines)
- The Main Squeeze (USA)
- Theo Croker Collective (China)
- Tinho Pereira (China)
The Venetian Carnival, now in its second year, has become a signature event for carny trotters who travel the globe seeking out the best and greatest cultural festivals. The Venetian Macao outdoor lagoon will be transformed into New Orleans Mardi Gras through performers, lights, beads, international food and music.
Visitors can enjoy the extensive fairground or take advantage of the carnival’s gondola rides and wine gardens set to adorn the Campanile Tower area. The event will culminate with the Mardi Gras Costume “Charity Ball,” headlined by acclaimed New Orleans soul group, The Nevilles. A premier black-tie event for the who’s who of Macao and Asia, the “Charity Ball” will feature live performances, a cocktail reception and charity auction.
The Costume Charity Ball will be raising funds for the Macau Ecological Society with The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel matching funds raised dollar for dollar. In support of the Mardi Gras Costume Charity Ball, the Venetian Hotel is offering ticket packages CotaiTicketing at www.cotaiticketing.com.