Jazz trumpet player Saskia LaRoo is flying over to Malta, thanks to partners Air Malta, to perform some smooth acoustic and electro jazz especially for the 14th edition of the Simon’s Pub Music Festival which kicks off on May 4.
Held annually at one of Sliema’s cosiest and best-known pubs in the heart of Sliema, the three-day music festival features a lengthy list of local and foreign musicians who perform in order to raise funds for Inspire – The Foundation for Inclusion.
Every year, the quaint pub is transformed for the festival and even features a live act stage.
Trumpet player La Roo hails from Amsterdam in The Netherlands and her music style varies from jazz to world and to pop music. Ms La Roo has been dubbed ‘Lady Miles’ because her music bears strong resemblances to the famous Miles Davis.
Another foreign act taking part in this year’s festival is vocalist Rajan Saxong.
Ms Rajan started out as a dancer but she switched to a music career in 1981 and began to compose and sing jazz music. She has sung both with R’n’B artists as well as soul-jazz and jazz musicians.
The list of local performers this year include progressive rock band Colourblind, indie/rock band red Elektrik, metal band Norm Rejection, Indie/Aternative band Bridget Bone as well as KOI, 12th Ode, The Myth, Purple Haze, Julian Casha, Charlie Busuttil, NV, Kail Jam, No red Tape, Skarlet, Fiona, Infinite Loop, R30 Project and Dusk.
The festival has become so popular that the Mons. G. Depiro Street, where the pub is located, is closed off on the final night so that the many festival patrons can comfortably sip their beer and socialise.
The pub is worth visiting solely for its quirky interior décor: random objects like hats and soft toys hang from the ceiling, newspaper clippings adorn every nook and cranny and vintage brands and adverts can be found on the pub’s green painted walls.
And let’s not forget its owner, the heart and soul of Simon’s Pub – Simon Tonna. Mr Tonna has been managing, bartending and DJing at his pub for the last 30 years, ever since he was 21 years old.
Inspire Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose disability services and programmes support over 1,000 children and adults across the Maltese Islands. These programmes directly address the educational, therapeutic, social and recreational needs of the people they help, and focus on increasing their ability and encouraging their potential.
To date, over €80,000 have been collected in aid of the organisation.
Simon’s Pub Music Festival is being held on May 4, 5 and 6. On May 4 and 5 doors open at 8.30 p.m. and on May 6 at 2.30 p.m. Mons G. Depiro Street will be closed for the festival on May 6. For more information about the festival, look up the event on Facebook.
This event was made possible thanks to the valued support of Air Malta, Farsons Ltd. Corinthia Marina Hotel, Olimpus, Bell Cafe, Tip Top, Marsovin, & Griffiths & Associates.
To learn more about Inspire and the services it offers, visit www.inspire.com.mt.