Tarrus Riley tours Second City
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
Tarrus Riley is easily the foremost reggae singer to emerge locally within the last decade, and evidence of his dominance was on full display last Saturday night when he performed live in concert at Pier One in Montego Bay.
Clad in blue jeans, paired with a burgundy T-shirt, matching cap and a multicoloured jacket, with his long locks neatly plaited and flowing down his back, the soulful reggae crooner took to the stage shortly before midnight to huge applause from a throng of local and international fans who came out to the venue to witness his performance.
Joined by his backing band Blak Soil and saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Frazer, Riley kick-started the show with his Getty Getty single, resulting in a sing-along from concertgoers who waited patiently for close to two hours after the scheduled start time for the singer to grace the stage.
The multi-award winning singer and songwriter showed that he was out to please his fans, and wasted no time in unleashing a slew of additional favourites, including the hugely popular Human Nature, Superman and Love's Contagious, much to the delight of female patrons, whom he continuously acknowledged for their beauty throughout his performances.
Riley, who made full use of the stage, oftentimes making eye contact with patrons, showed he has a knack for making a public performance feel intimate. During his rendition of Battlefield, the singer took time out to slowly echo the lyrics to patrons, while explaining to them that as long as they remain upright in their doings, no evil will be able to overpower them. This, of course, resulted in further applause from the crowd who continued singing throughout his set, almost overriding the need for his backup singers.
Riley's performance in Montego Bay was part of his Appleton Jamaica Rum-sponsored islandwide tour to promote his latest studio album, Love Situation. The tour came to a close on Monday evening with a final concert at the Little Theatre in Kingston.
Riley and his band members left the island this week to commence a monthlong European tour to further promote the album.