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Dubbed “the party with a conscience,” this is the first year for
the Jubilee Groove Fest, which promoters hope will become an annual
event. Created by Texas-based marketing group The Q Network, the
fest aims to attract travelers who love a beach party, but have
grown out of events targeting teens and twentysomethings.
“This event was created because a lot of beach events are skewed
to a younger, what I call ‘girls gone wild,’ audience or they’re
for people who are over 40,” said organizer Dominique Lashae. “This
is for people somewhere in between.”
Funjet describes Jubilee Groove Fest as an event that would
appeal to African-American Christians, but Lashae said it isn’t a
specifically Christian event. The program includes a praise
breakfast led by Rev. R. Lockett Jr. and a beachside worship
service and concert on Sunday led by Rev. Frederick D. Hayness III,
for example. But Lashae said the entertainment will have broader
The event kicks off with a live broadcast of the Doug Banks
radio program at the Moon Palace from 5 to 10 a.m. Highlights of
the weekend include a comedy show featuring Rickey Smiley followed
by an after-party on the beach with Biz Markie; a luncheon
featuring Sistah Souljah; a poetry jam featuring the original poets
from Def Comedy Jam; a Steve Harvey fashion show; and a Brian
The Q Network has been promoting the event across the country,
and Lashae said they expect to book 2,500 to 5,000 for the event,
which is being held mainly at the Moon Palace, with a few
activities elsewhere around Cancun.
Three-, four- and seven-night air-inclusive vacations are
available with departures from various cities across the country.
The packages include accommodations, airport transfers, event
tickets, 24-hour traveler’s assistance and the services of a Funjet
representative in Cancun.
Land-only prices, based on an Oct. 8 arrival, start at $705 at
Moon Palace (including all meals, beverages and more); $550 at the
Oasis Cancun; $590 at the Oasis Playa; $620 at the Riu Grand
Caribe; $625 at the Beach or Cancun Palace; $650 at the Riu Cancun;
and $750 at the Riu Palace Las Americas.