Everybody on Mustique knows Basil. Basil Charles, Order of the British Empire, has been presiding over the bar for more than 30 years and is the de facto king of Mustique. Yes, he parties with Jagger, but more important, he serves a mean roasted pig. A sailor, a tennis player, a businessman but above all a great host, Basil (and his bar) has seen some wild parties over the years. The best party, though, may be his annual Mustique Blues Festival at the end of January. It began on a dare after an old friend, jazz singer Dana Gillespie, spontaneously performed at Basil’s Bar one night. If Basil got a decent piano, she promised, she’d come back with her band. The next year, piano at the ready, Dana and her London Band kept their word, and the Mustique Blues Festival was born. Each year the profits from the two-week festival go to the Basil Charles Education Trust, to benefit the children of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.