HEINEKEN Startime's new season opens on Saturday, May 26, at the Mas Camp Village, Oxford Road, Kingston.
The first show will be called From Bam Bam to Greetings and will feature Toots Hibbert and Half Pint, who recently signed a major licensing deal with American-based Spirit Music Group.
Tickets go on sale on May 17 at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy, Derrick Harriott's One Stop , Beverly Hills Texaco, Super -Plus Pavilion Mall, Worldtron outlets, Richie B's Texaco and Hot Pot restaurant.
Creating quite a stir
One of the new acts which have been making quite an impression since joining Q45's outfit is Singer J.
In addition to having several new songs released, he has been making quite a name for himself as the opening act for stablemate Elephant Man. In recent weeks, he has been to New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York to perform with the team, creating quite a stir in the process.
J plans to have his debut album out this summer. His most recent releases include: Rice & Peas, Bruk Out and Wine and the hot, Show Up You Face, which is on Q45's new Run rhythm.
Official launch of Lifetime Records
The newly formed Lifetime Records is set to officially launch its activities at 141 Maxfield Avenue, Kingston, later this month. This will involve a recording label, Pown Daddy, as well as distribution and studio production facilities.
The Pown Daddy label has been around for sometime and will be retained as an auxiliary of Lifetime. The first releases under this new arrangement are on the Skunk rhythm and includes songs from Sizzla, Capleton, Mr. Lex, Donovan Steel, Singer J, Gabriel and Danny English.
The studio is fully digital, with a Yamaha digital mixer and a late model Unity interface designed by TCU Electronics.
The founders of the company are Howard "Pown Daddy" Hull, Delroy "Fatta" Pottinger and Audley Mitchell.
Spokesman Pown Daddy said that the label intends to penetrate the European market this year with not just dancehall, but a wide range of reggae flavoured rhythms.
Wednesday night feature
Priscilla's, upstairs Consumer Plaza, Constant Spring Road, is adding a live night on Wednesdays to its already popular Friday night specials.
John Holt has been selected to launch the Wednesday night feature, Up Close and Personal - Under The Stars, this Wednesday, May 16.
The series will also feature Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Derrick Harriott, Boris Gardener and Tony Gregory.
Fish& Festival carnival
A new addition to the Carnival programme is the Fish & Festival Carnival which will be launched on Sunday, May 20, at Fort Clarence.
The all-day and all-night event will feature Byron Lee and the Dragonaires as well as Peter Phillips Disco and Stone Love and entertainment for both children and adults.