35 not out! - Chris Gayle hits big with birthday celebration
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Entertainers, athletes and, of course, West Indies cricketers. Chris Gayle's 35th birthday celebration packed serious star power and provided a great mix of good company and even better entertainment.
Held at Triple Century Sports Bar on Saturday night, the celebration may have marked another year for Gayle, but, to patrons, it provided an epic party experience they won't forget any time soon.
At 11:30 p.m., a few persons were enjoying the early vibe. DJ Log On provided early entertainment and did not disappoint the small crowd. With a host of '90s dancehall hits, the DJ sent the audience into nostalgia, as they 'bogled' their way into the next segment.
It, however, did not take long for the venue to fill to capacity, the 2-for-1 deal for females accounting for the large number of female patrons.
The party was now in full swing, and DJ Log On continued his good showing by delivering recent dancehall hits from the likes of Beenie Man, Mr Vegas, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel and Mavado, among others. He managed to get the crowd hyped and ready for Chromatic, who took control of the turntables at 1 a.m.
With the crowd in party mode, Chromatic seemed to feed off their energy and, with every song played, the crowd erupted. The deejay seemed to hit a huge six when he selected Vybz Kartel's Virginity and Mavado and Stacious' Come Into My Room. Without him having to give instructions, men and women automatically coupled up, gyrating on each other, heating up the already hot dancefloor.
The man of the hour, Chris Gayle, arrived at the venue shortly after 1 a.m., followed by a number of West Indies cricketers including Sulieman Benn and West Indies Players' Association's Wavell Hinds. He made his way to the VIP area where he chatted with guests before touching the dancefloor. There were occasional birthday greetings offered by well-wishers, and this was indeed welcomed by the big man himself.
Coppershot also got their turn at the consoles and proceeded to cater to the ladies in what they dubbed 'the gyal segment'. Though it was now after 3 a.m., the party was still in full swing and guests didn't seem to mind, as they continued to party the night away.