Press release for immediate distribution

The Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite, Tuesday, July 7 at 9 p.m.:

The greatest Rocksteady event

ever seen!

Montreal, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to invite fans to the Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite, a free outdoor Rocksteady megaconcert live from the General Motors stage on Tuesday, July 7, 9 p.m. Forty years after its birth, the greatest names in the genre, including Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, Hopeton Lewis, Leroy Sibbles and The Tamlins, as well as Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt-who were featured backup singers for Bob Marley-reunite to take us on a trip through time with such legendary hits as Rivers of Babylon, The Tide Is High and Stop That Train. Rocksteady’s greatest headliners had already been assembled for the music documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, produced by Muse Entertainment of Montreal and presented in a major world premiere at the Musée d’art contemporain from July 4 to 12 with four screenings every day. And the Festival had the bright idea to reunite them… for real, live onstage! Welcome the spectacular return of the original spearheads of pure Rocksteady, in the all-new Place des Festivals!

What is Rocksteady? A blend of ska, North American soul and R&B, this Jamaican sound was all the rage just before the advent of reggae. The documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, traces its history and reunites the last great singers and musicians of the golden age of this soulful, rhythmic music. Four decades after its peak, the voices and instruments of the veterans of Rocksteady were reassembled a final time to record a greatest hits album, perform live, and tell their stories in Stascha Bader’s documentary… and we’ve invited them to fire up the party, live onstage! The originators of reggae reunite right in the middle of this 30th edition of the Festival for what’s certain to be the greatest Rocksteady event ever seen!

Reminder: security arrangements

for the Grande soirée XM Radio Satellite Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

This year, our big events will be held on the brand-new Place des Festivals, located on Jeanne‑Mance Street between Ste. Catherine Street West and De Maisonneuve Blvd. In view of Montreal’s tremendous response to the announcement of the Rocksteady mega-concert, we advise Festival fans to access the new site from the east, via Ontario St. East (Saint‑Laurent Metro) of the west via De Maisonneuve Blvd. (McGill Metro). Given its location, the Place des Festivals is also accessible by Jeanne‑Mance St., via Sherbrooke St.

For security reasons, folding chairs and lawn chairs will not be permitted on the site; strollers will be permitted, but are strongly discouraged. As always, bicycles and rollerblades will not be permitted on the site, (although they can be left in the TD Canada Trust bicycle parking lot located next to Saint-Laurent Metro), and cans and glass bottles are also forbidden. However, we advise Festival fans to bring a supply of water (in plastic bottles). Please note that it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages onto the site.

The Festival advises the public to travel to the concert from east to west and from north to south; the use of mass transit is strongly advised. Once on site, fans can always access the specially-security corridors, exclusively to exit the site during the performance. These “One Way” corridors can therefore be used to leave the site, but not to return. They lead directly to the Place‑des‑Arts Metro station, to Complexe Desjardins and to De Maisonneuve Blvd, east and westbound. Given these are, by definition, traffic corridors, pedestrians are not permitted to remain standing in them.

People in wheelchairs must contact Hector Poblete at 514-288-1424, local 4540, on the eve of the concert in order to reserve a space on the esplanade.

The 30th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal runs until July 12, 2008.

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