Big 5 thrills pan enthusiasts

TT – Big 5—The Steel­band Con­cert 3rd Edi­tion lived up to its billing as Des­per­a­does, Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Rene­gades, HAD­CO Phase II and Re­pub­lic Bank Ex­o­dus put on a fan­tas­tic dis­play of scin­til­lat­ing pan en­ter­tain­ment for pan lovers and their sup­port­ers. Pa­trons com­plied and walked with their cool­ers to the much-an­tic­i­pat­ed an­nu­al event at the Grand­stand, Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, on Sat­ur­day.

Be­tween them, they have won the Na­tion­al Panora­ma ti­tle 45 times since it was first held in 1963. These five bands have al­so dom­i­nat­ed the Na­tion­al Steel­band Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals, World Steel­band Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Caribbean Panora­ma and World Steel­band Panora­ma.

Tra­di­tion­al­ly the Big 5 cel­e­brates in­di­vid­u­als who have con­tributed to the steel­band move­ment. Ted­dy Guer­ra and Pat Bish­op were ho­n­oured in 2017 and 2018 re­spec­tive­ly. In its 2019 edi­tion, Big 5 cel­e­brat­ed the leg­endary pan in­ven­tor and arranger Neville Jules.

Massy Trinidad All Stars kicked off the evening’s pan­tas­tic pro­ceed­ings putting the pan sticks rub­ber to the pan with a reper­toire that in­clud­ed Rhythm Of The Night, Melody, Theme from Cats, Do it Flu­id, I Get Lift­ed, Love­ly Day, Tom Jones’ Green Green Grass of Home. Le­ston Paul was on the key­board. The band’s break­away per­for­mance was Woman On D bass, its stage pres­ence ac­cen­tu­at­ed with light­ing ef­fects, py­rotech­nics and smoke.

Kay Allen wowed the au­di­ence with her ren­di­tion of Let’s Stay To­geth­er and To Be Re­al.

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