Mardi Gras: Mr. Luva Luva in concert

Jamaican-American reggae pop-star Shaggy, whose popular hits include “Boombastic,” “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel,” is set to take to the stage on Ash Wednesday as part of Margaritaville’s third annual two-day Mardi Gras festivities. 

Festivities kick off Tuesday, March 4, with the “Fat Tuesday Masquerade Bash” at the George Town restaurant and bar. The free event, from 8 p.m., will feature local DJs Selecta Renegade, Lin and Sound Revolution, along with food and drink specials. 

On Wednesday, the “Mardi Gras Street Festival” begins at 6 p.m. along the George Town waterfront. Local performers opening for Shaggy include Stuart Wilson and Young Feva, along with music by Selecta Renegade, DJ Lin, Atom Skillz, DJ Super C and DJ XS.  

The event will also include lots of bead throwing and elaborate costumes in true Mardi Gras fashion. 

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Shaggy was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is famed for his unique baritone-ranging singing voice. His first hit in 1993 was “Oh Carolina,” a dancehall re-make of the ska hit by the Folkes Brothers which appeared in the film “Silver.” He went on to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1996, featuring the popular single “Boombastic.” 

Tickets, available from Margaraitaville, Sing’s Roti Shop, Winners Circle Sport, J&M Electronic, Funky Tangs and Jacques Scott outlets, are $25 pre-sold, or $50 at the gate. VIP tickets are $60 and include a premium view of the concert from the Margaritaville balcony.   

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Shaggy will be a big draw for Mardi Gras.