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Rap-Reggae legend to make special appearance at Lani Kai Thursday

September 12, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Lani Kai Island Resort will be turning up the temperature this Thursday, Sept. 13, as Grammy award-winning reggae and hip hop artist Sean Paul will be in attendance for a VIP meet-and-greet opportunity.

In collaboration with 105.5 The Beat, Paul will be joined by more 100 lucky fans to take pictures, sign autographs and listen to tracks from his new EP, "Mad Love: The Prequel," with the artist himself, from 6-8 p.m.

Paul will also be on Lani Kai grounds before and after the VIP session, according to Melissa Schneider, spokesperson for the Lani Kai.

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Sean Paul will make an appearance at the Lani Kai for a VIP meet-and-greet on Thursday, Sept. 13.

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"We here at the Lani Kai are so excited to be collaborating with 105.5 The Beat to host Sean Paul Thursday night! It's going to be an awesome night full of good music and good vibes," she said.

Program director, as well as on air personality "Short E" in the afternoons Monday through Friday, Eliseo Cierra, said the event is to show the Fort Myers Beach community some love.

"We're wanted to do something to represent Fort Myers Beach positively. To do something good for the community," he said.

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"He (Paul) loves Fort Myers and this area," added Cierra. "105.5 helped launch his career. We were one of the first stations to play his music."

"Our talented Lani Kai DJs work closely with iHeart Radio DJs, and everyone was talking about what a great collaborative team we'd be between the radio station and our iconic island resort, and here we are hosting Sean Paul Thursday night!" said Schneider about how the event came to be.

Even if you are not one of the VIP participants, Schneider and Cierra said you never know what may happen.

"Even if they weren't able to win a spot in the meet-and-greet gathering, friends and fans are encouraged to come out and show their support along our beach stage because the more people that are here, the more likely Sean Paul will come out after the meet and greet and get on the mic, hopefully teasing his latest album with a track or two," said Schneider. "We'll also have amazing guest DJs spinning from our beach stage that evening with our very own legendary DJ TK between 6 to 8 p.m., spinning a great mix of music that'll keep people dancing and having a good time on a Thursday night."

This will also be the first "Sunset Sound Stage" for 105.5 The Beat.

Cierra hopes to have a series of performers and artists to come and do meet-and-greet events like this throughout the year.

"And we hope to have a beautiful Fort Myers Beach sunset that night," said Cierra.

Though VIP passes are sold out, fans can listen to 105.5 for chances to win entry to the exclusive experience.

The Lani Kai is at 1400 Estero Blvd.

Connect with this reporter on Twitter: @haddad_cj



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