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Fun, food galore at Port Royal Seafood Festival

Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM
As it was a food festival, the seafood was as much a part of the experience as the music.
The ladies had a whale of a time at this year's Port Royal Seafood Festival.
Gem Myers performing at the Port Royal Seafood Festival.
George Nooks onstage at this year's Port Royal Seafood Festival.
Beenie Man performs at the Port Royal Seafood Festival held at Port Royal Football field on Monday night. Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
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After a full day of fun, food and frolic, patrons were treated to performances from several top acts at the Port Royal Seafood Festival which was held at the Port Royal football field on Monday.

Throughout the day, kids and adults had their full share of seafood dishes and games, and as night drew near, the performances began. Following a dance routine, patrons got the opportunity to see young Wayne J, who commanded the stage with regular use of ad-libs. After doing a few songs, Wayne J pulled his jacket to sing Chikungunya, that gave him his biggest bit of 'forward', and had children singing along and dancers joining him onstage to do the dance moves.

Mackeehan came after with a much stronger voice, delivering songs like Beaten and Who's Gonna Help Us.

A long break followed and there was even a mildly entertaining DJ clash that followed.

Gem Myers' performance

When the performances restarted, Berri tried to hold the crowd with her powerful voice, but it was the veteran Gem Myers who got the bigger response. Myers touched on some R&B, but was more entertaining as she danced while singing reggae numbers such as Too Girly Girly and My Boy Lollipop. For No No No, she requested 'musical gunshots', which she willingly got from her audience.

She then made way for a rather suave George Nooks, who appeared to have shed a few years off his appearance with his tan pants and fitted floral shirt. He sang Lay Your Troubles On My Shoulder, before saluting the late John Holt, who passed away on Sunday. God is Standing By got a good reception and so, too, did the numerous gospel songs that Nooks followed with. He then closed his performance with two of his bigger songs, So Much Love To Give You and Tribal War.

Shortly after, there was KipRich, who came with his dancehall flair and stage presence. And with his entrance, the patrons were immediately amped up and started dancing to Ugly So. Then they listened keenly as he did Nuh Man, that asked questions about Vybz Kartel's recent murder trial. A chikungunya freestyle was also well received before he went into the Telephone Ting which is also a favourite.

Beenie Man's performance

But it was Beenie Man that really got the crowd dancing, waving and singing along passionately as he reeled out his catalogue of songs like Who Am I, Romie, Let Him Go, Tell Me, Bookshelf, Memories and Nuff Gal. Despite the speed at which he went through the songs, he still managed to delight the audience.

Although there was quite a bit of dancing before, the dancing seemed to intensify when Beenie performed hits like King Of The Dancehall, Back It Up, Heart Attack and Gimmie Likkle.

Not keeping all the spotlight to himself, Beenie Man shared the stage with Baby Trish and her brother, Little D, who got the crowd riled up. Fambo also joined him onstage for I'm Drinking, which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed.

When The Gleaner left the venue at almost 11 p.m., Busy Signal was yet to perform.

sadeke.brooks@gleanerjm.com