The Cayman Music and Entertainment Association (CMEA) is preparing to host its 11th Annual Muzaic Festival on the upcoming Heroes Day holiday weekend. The festival recognizes up-and-coming talent and celebrates those who have shaped the local music industry over the decades.

The format is the same as in previous years, with five key events over the four-day holiday weekend.

“Establishing and keeping with tradition and culture is something vitally important in our island community today,” says CMEA president Jeán-Eric Smith.

DJs Showcase

The MUZAIC festival kicks off as usual at sunset on Friday with the DJs Showcase. Running from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., this year the Showcase will be three times bigger and better than before. Why? Because it will be held at three different venues: Cayman Cabana, Carib Cafe and Silversides.

Entrance fee: Ladies are free and men pay just $10.

Young Musicians Showcase

On Saturday afternoon, the sounds of the Young Musicians Showcase will once again reverberate through the walls of the Harquail Theatre. The event starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. It is a family-friendly event, featuring some of the best new talent in Cayman. Go along and show your support for the musicians of tomorrow.

Entrance fee: Free

Lambert ‘Lammie’ Seymour holds his 2017 CMEA Icon Award with Alan ‘Bunny’ Myles, also a previous Icon recipient.

Heroes Salute

Later, on Saturday evening, the CMEA will host its Heroes Salute – an intimate evening of local performances at the Havana Club in Caribbean Plaza on the Seven Mile strip. This evening honors all the Heroes Day 2019 recipients. There is an extensive guest list for this event, as all Heroes Day honorees are provided free entry as guests of the CMEA. There will be live music and dancing with the event starting at 7 p.m. and finishing at midnight.

Entrance fee: Ladies are free and men pay just $10.

Muzaic Awards

Sunday night is when the highly anticipated awards ceremony takes place. This will be held at the Harquail Theatre once again, with the gates opening at 6 p.m. (featuring a live music meet-and-greet) followed by the official opening at 7 p.m. Awards are presented to individuals who have contributed long-term service to the musical community and excelled over the past year in the disciplines of teaching, radio, performing and recording. This is also the night that the Icon Award is presented to someone who has made a significant mark in local music and has contributed to its promotion both in Cayman and abroad.

Entrance fee: $10

Live Music Showcase

Monday’s grand finale – the Live Music Showcase – will (for the first time) be incorporated into the National Heroes Day Awards Ceremony. It will be the post-awards entertainment for attendees in Heroes Square in George Town, providing a fitting end to a day of pomp and circumstance. Many of Cayman’s best local bands are on the schedule, offering a rare opportunity for audience members to see them all in concert at one event. The live music should be starting at approximately 3 p.m.

Entrance fee: Free

For tickets to the Muzaic events, call 926-6184 or 928-7665. For more information on CMEA events, visit the Facebook page for the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association.