Talented four see off old year, welcome new
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Talented performers Ernie Smith, Paul Hurlock, Cabot Paul, and the United States-based Ed Zelenak combined last Wednesday to welcome 2015, performing in Montego Bay to a spellbound audience at the Day O Plantation Restaurant.
Hurlock, who started off the nights proceedings, gave a stellar performance, displaying his skill at singing and playing the guitar. Known for comedic commentary between songs, Hurlock lived up to expectations, resulting in bouts of laughter from the patrons.
Hurlock was supported on stage by Paul, whose mastery of the steelpan brought several persons to the dance floor. Judging from the cheerful reaction of patrons (many of whom were visiting from abroad to ring in the new year with family and friends), it appeared the duo could do no wrong.
By the time Smith took to the stage, audience members were excited and yearning for more. Smith delivered, calmly singing his way through a playlist of his evergreen hits which included All For Jesus, Bend Down and One Dream. The legendary artiste had no need for back-up singers during his performance, as audience members sang along to all his selections as they danced the night away.
Zelenak, who left cold Chicago to bask in the Jamaican warmth, brought an international flavour to the nights offering. He strummed the guitar and sang some well-known rhythm and blues hits of yesteryear, with support from Hurlock.
At 11:45 p.m., after the individual performances were concluded, the four artistes took to the stage to perform up to the welcoming of 2015 at midnight in a joyous atmosphere.
It was a rare treat performing with all these musical greats, especially as they are all very great friends of mine, said Hurlock. While we understand that the younger generation will go more for the dancehall and reggae beats of today, here at Day O we have established a reputation for providing high-quality entertainment for the more sober adult generation.
The evening of music was complemented by dinner and champagne for guests.