SLIDELL – Slidell is preparing for the 1st annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival that is expected to draw several thousand people here for the October 6-8 weekend of music, golf and extra special party activities.
The event will begin with a celebrity golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 6 at Beau Chene in Mandeville with top-name professional football players like Dan Marino, Ronnie Lott, Warren Sapp, Rickey Jackson and more.
After a grand opening Friday night at Patton’s in Slidell with musicians and sports celebrities on hand, the big event is on Saturday, Oct. 7 on the grounds of the Northshore Harbor Center where Grammy winning smooth jazz musicians and singers will converge with 11 acts. The music begins at 11 a.m. and goes into the night. VIP tickets in front of the stage are $100 each, with reserved seats behind the front tables going for $75 each. General admission tickets are $50 each.
On Sunday at 11 a.m. inside the Northshore Harbor Center will be a final wrap-up event with a jazz brunch, featuring regional performers joining the star-studded list of musicians from their Saturday performances. Tickets for that event are $60 each.
Tickets for all events, plus more information are available online at camcityjazzfest.com or call 504-517-3588.
One of the many featured musicians coming to the North Shore is 3rd Force.
3rd Force is a smooth jazz band consisting of trio William Aura, Craig Dobbin, and Alain Eskinasi. Founded in 1994 by William Aura after a prolific solo career in new-age music, he, Dobbin, and Eskinasi immediately set out working on their self-titled debut album which was released that same year.
After the album’s commercial success, the trio continued the studio project with their next release, “Force of Nature,” in 1995. This album garnered an even bigger success than their debut spawning the popular single, “Here Comes the Night,” featuring guest, guitarist Peter White.
After a two-year break, 3rd Force released their third album, “Vital Force,” in 1997. The album gained 3rd Force’s second hit single, “You Gotta Be Real,” once again featuring guest guitarist, Peter White.
The fourth album, called “Force Field,” was released in 1999, resulting in another of the band’s singles, “Revelation of the Heart,” with guest saxophonist, Paul Taylor. In 2000, Higher Octave released a best-of compilation of 3rd Force, entitled, “Collective Force,” which featured the band’s best hits in both radio and fan favorites, along with two new songs, “Dance With Me” and “Sweet Surrender.”
In 2002 they released their fifth studio album, “Gentle Force,” which showcased a mellower jazz sound than the band’s usual output. Three years later, 3rd Force released “Driving Force” in 2005. Their latest release showcases a completely opposite style than the previous “Gentle Force” album, which featured a lounge-style, mellow jazz in sound. “Driving Force,” however, features a funky lively jazz mix never before heard in 3rd Force’s music.
The most popular singles from their latest release are “Believe In Me,” which features the trumpeter Greg Adams, keyboardist Jeff Lorber, and guitarist Brian Hughes, and, “You Got It,” featuring guitarist Marc Antoine. After more than a ten year hiatus, 3rd Force reunited to release “Global Force” in 2016.