Richie Stephens lights up Jazz stage
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny:
Celebrated vocalist, Richie Stephens, lit up the Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium this evening half-way through Night Two.
The singer came on shortly before 10:00 p.m., and wooed patrons with a slew of hit songs, covering various Reggae artistes and genres.
In a performance that lasted approximately 45 minutes, inclusive of an encore, Stephens paid tribute to the late John Holt, Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, singing a series of their best known hits.
He further pleased patrons with some of his own classics including Every time You're There and By Your Side.
Stephens also performed a medley of gospel songs.
But it was his Ska-inspired renditions featuring his 'Ska-tec' group of dancers, which brought the house down.
Before leaving the stage Stephens told concert-goers that performing with the group was for him, the highlight of his set.
"What I like most about tonight was that I get a chance to perform with these young people... there's no point in trying to fight crime and violence in this country without looking out for the young people," he said.