Top-notch showing keeps patrons on their toes despite rain
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Rain may have threatened to put a damper on the spirits of those who came out early for Keesing Live on Saturday night, but despite the inclement weather, a few dedicated patrons were determined to enjoy a night of live music. Umbrellas in hand, the guests took their seats in front of the main stage area and waited patiently for the organisers to finish setting up the equipment, helping themselves to refreshments in the meantime.
Once the show got started, it was clear why patrons braved rain to support the event, as the entertainment package delivered from start to finish. Though there were only four performers, they put in one top-notch showing after the other.
The melodies of Charmaine Limonious seemed to set the mood for the rest of the show, as she delieverd the lyrics to the popular Hakuna Matata. The Hawaiian phrase for 'no worries' was perhaps prophetic, for, as the night progressed, the rain subsided, allowing more guests to fill the many empty chairs in the audience.
Soon, the small crowd grew as Limonious went on to finish her set, which included a cover of Bob Marley's Time Will Tell and Tessanne Chin's Hideaway, which she delivered with precision, supported by her backing band.
Limonious made way for young singer Jermaine Blake, who further ignited the audience. The former All Together Sing standout from Oberlin High School showed his musical prowess with a few original songs, but it was his love for the old hits that had the audience hooked, as Blake delivered a soulful medley of hits from Bob Marley, Errol Dunkley, Alton Ellis and Horace Andy, among others.
Iceman's smooth vocals
Then, when it seemed things couldn't get any better, Donald 'Iceman' Anderson took to the stage and proved they could. Familiar with seeing him onstage as a comic, throwing out punchlines of a different nature, the audience was totally unaware of what he was about to do.
They were caught off guard and left in absolute awe as Iceman thrilled with smooth vocals and potent lyrics, taking them on a musical journey many didn't expect but didn't want to end. He paid special attention to the ladies, exciting them with stories of romance - often getting raunchy, but in a tasteful, imaginative way.
Well aware of the picture many of his songs were painting, Iceman admitted to being a little on the naughty side, but gave himself a pat on the back for doing it with a bit of creativity he credited to having a good education. Also during his set, the entertainer briefly brought out D Major as a special treat for the ladies, a gift they gratefully accepted and rewarded with thunderous applause and screams.
In what was the best performance of the night, Iceman Anderson left a good impression on the Keesing Live audience. Many questioned his popularity on the music scene, stating that he is far too talented to be relatively unknown in the industry and vowing to support any subsequent show for which he is billed as a performer.
Reggae band Raging Fyah, fresh off their European tour, was the night's closing act. Like those who were onstage before them, Raging Fyah performed like they had something to prove, leaving the audience completely satisfied with a night of great entertainment.