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Rain cuts Levi Roots’ show short - again

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Della Manley
Keisha Patterson
Levi Roots
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Levi Roots may take comfort in getting to do twice as many songs on Friday night at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, as he did the previous week.

However, since the first time around Music and Food was staged on Friday, October 20, he got to do a single song before the downpour forced a halt to the proceedings; it meant that this time around he did two.

Roots, with the Singers and Players Band on the stand, made a valiant attempt at it, having been despite the drizzle. It was close quarters on the stage, as the performers were clustered under a white tent, the speakers at the front of the stage covered with blue plastic for protection. Water dripped from the frames of metal chairs at the front of the audience area, as those who attended took refuge from the rain.

By the second song, it was clear that not only was the rain not going let up, but it was getting heavier.

The music abandoned Roots, clutching a double handful of books related to the food side of the evening, was in good spirits as he laid them in a table in between the bar and dining areas. The spirits of the man famed for Reggae Sauce, were not dampened, as his customarily pleasant expression intensified into a grin when The Gleaner asked if he was going to try a third Friday in a row.

"No," Roots said. But that does not mean he is abandoning Music and Food, as Levi Roots said he will be doing it in the guaranteed dry months of the year.

All had been in place for a good night of music, with Della Manley and Keisha Patterson slated to perform along with Levi Roots. And there was support from the music industry, deejay Beenie Man one of the many persons sharing a handshake with Levi after the concert was abandoned.

He told The Gleaner that his release earlier this year, Levi Roots Presents Reggae Reggae Hits, is doing well. There are 20 songs on each CD, with Levi Roots' take on Don't Worry, Be Happy, the last song on the set.