Opening Night of St. John Christmas Music Festival Wows Crowd

Recording artist Michael Dunston along with St. John panist Victor Provost, Cliff Finch on bass guitar, Joe Ramsay on saxophone, Seth Merlin on trumpet and Steve Simon on clarinet (not pictured is Laz Liburd on drums and Sally Smith on keyboard) entertained the crowd of more than 300 on the opening night of the second annual St. John Christmas Music Festival on Saturday, December 2nd.

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A crowd of more than 300 gathered for the opening night of the second annual St. John Christmas Music Festival at Winston Wells Ball Field on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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St. Johnian Victor Provost entertains event goers with a run on his steel pan.

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Recording artist Michael Dunston thrills the crowd by mingling off stage while singing to the audience, above.

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Opening the special night was St. John’s very own Paradise People, above. Pictured above, Raphael Wesselhoft, guest singer Shatik Stevens, center, and vocalist Lybia Callwood. Not pictured: Carl Powell Sr., Carl Powell Jr. and guest Dr. Joseph DeJames.

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St. John Christmas Music Festival founder Steve Simon on clarinet, left, with Michael Dunston, center, and Seth Merlin on trumpet, right.

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Raphael “Slimman” Wesselhoft livens up the night on the congos.