TT – St. James will live up to its title as the town that never sleeps this weekend with a flurry of activities including pan jazz, calypso, J’Ouvert, a pan parade and “bright mas.” The events are all part of the annual WeBeat St James Live Festival, produced by the St James Community Improvement Committee (St James CIC).
Tonight is Pan Jazz and Honoree’s night at the St James Amphitheatre from 8 pm, with performances by the National Steel Symphony Orchestra, the Codrington Pan Family, Golden Hands Steel Orchestra and Moore’s Music, all promising to give patrons sweet jazz music.
St James’ long-standing steelband Power Stars Steel Orchestra, formerly Blue Stars will be specially honoured at this event as well.
Tomorrow it’s Komedy Kaiso, an event produced by master musician and arranger Carl “Beaver” Henderson. This show at the amphitheatre will feature eight of the best exponents of the genre. Among them, reigning Humorous Calypso Monarch Myron B (Myron Bruce), Trinidad Rio (Daniel Brown), Funny (Donric Williamson), Brown Boy (Knolly Brown), Kid Kalalloo (Julien Hunte), Spicy (Tammico Moore), Oscar B (Oscar Benjamin), who will be performing some of the late Brigo’s (Samuel Abraham) songs and David Bereaux, with some of Cypher’s (Dillary Scott) calypsoes.