Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Bacchanal Fridays at the New Mas Camp last weekend had more energy than the two previous stagings. The guest DJ was Riche Ras, and though not a slick talker, he managed to get patrons interacting, especially when they knew the songs.
Bunji Garlin's Ready For The Road (Differentology) was unfamiliar in the first week of Bacchanal Fridays, however the song is slowly growing to be one of the more popular ones this season. Patrons were seen screaming the catchy hook.
The venue was beautifully decorated. Calling it 'Soca Las Vegas' based on the huge booths bearing colourfully lit signs would have been spot on.
Appleton, Pepsi, Matterhorn, Smirnoff, Digicel and Pure Country were quite visible in this respect, each grabbing the attention of patrons who were interested in what they had on display.
There is no carnival without liquor, and the beverage was definitely not in short supply. Patrons were greeted at the gate with liquor samples and women distributed Smirnoff bags with the popular commodity to revellers.
Machel Montano's Vibes Cyah Dun was well received, and Lady Saw made sure to lengthen the vibes when she entered the stage at midnight.
The crowned Dancehall Queen performed songs like Man A di Least and Heels On, for which she got encores.
"Big up my Trini people. I'm in Trinidad like every day," she said before inviting a male patron to join her onstage to help her school others on what she means by Heels On.
Taking off his shoes in the process, the audience went crazy as the man laid flat on his back and shared a dance with the dancehall royalty.
Headliners Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons came next and they gave a tag-team performance to their fans. That fan base certainly grew on Friday night.
Garlin showed the audience he was not the typical 'jump and wave' soca artiste. He gave them lyric after lyric, even a few freestyle lines for which the audience showered him with roars of approval.
Songs like Shake, Heavy T Bumpa, Differentology and Life of The Party had the audience jumping with childish glee.
However, it was Consider It Dun that wreaked havoc.
Their set ended at 2 a.m., with patrons literally begging the couple for more.