High energy, but low turnout for Saturday Night Live
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Reporter
The first staging of Saturday Night Live, held at Olympia Crown Hotel in Kingston, last week, had a strong headliner; however, the turnout did not match up.
The event was headlined by I-Wayne, and featured the likes of Nature, Abby Dallas and Digicel Rising Stars finalist Angele Smith. But despite being hosted at a relatively accessible and comfortable location, the music lovers were just not present.
Saturday Night Live, which is being hosted by the Olympia Crown Hotel and Powermack promotions, is geared at providing live music entertainment in the capital, but on the stroke of 9 p.m., which was the advertised shotime, fewer than 30 patrons stood in the beautifully decorated venue.
Needless to say, the promoters were forced to push back the showtime, and didn't get started until 11 p.m. The first act, Angele Smith, started the show on a positive note, commenting on social issues. He also performed singles, Falling to Pieces, I Feel Good, Let Me Know, among others.
Jay Q was next with a few original singles, followed by Abby Dallas, who seemed to have a point to prove. This she did quite comfortably, by using everything from dancing and singing to sex appeal. Her single, My Heart received an encore from the audience, especially the males who had their eyes glued to her partially transparent short dress, which exposed much of her thighs.
NATURE ENTERTAINS DESPITE ROBBERY
Following Abby Dallas' display, it was Nature's turn to entertain in a different way, as he should have been the first act on the night to use a live band. However, that did not materialise, as moments before entering the stage, the artiste was informed that the bass guitar was stolen from a car in the designated parking area. A seemingly disappointed Nature nevertheless performed his singles using track. Songs like World Peace, Trying Man and Revolution were crowd favourites.
The artiste also encouraged the Jamaican youth to get involved in farming, apparently still upset about the stolen guitar, Nature said young people appeared to be more interested in stealing things than tilling the soil.
Featured act I-Wayne didn't grace the stage until 2 a.m., and he immediately made his presence felt with his soothing reggae hits. Backed by his band, I-Wayne brought life to Saturday Night Live with his freestyles and hit songs, Book of Life and Life Seeds among those that had patrons jumping like happy children.
Dancehall artiste Beenie Man was present in the audience, and he too appeared to enjoy I-Wayne's performance thoroughly, as he was seen throwing both hands in the air in approval of the entertainment value.