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Di Blueprint band delivers rock-star energy

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Di Blueprint band in performance at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records during the Behind The Screen concert on Tuesday night.
The crowd, including Sheldon Shepherd of No-Maddz (centre), enjoys the performance of the Di Blueprint band.
Elly B, guitarist and lead vocalist for Di Blueprint band, goes into the crowd for a guitar solo.
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Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Though not yet a seasoned band, and although it has no charting hits, the Di Blueprint band certainly delivered an energetic set and impressed the audience at the Behind The Screen series at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Tuesday night.

Having risen to fame in 2011 when they walked away as winners of the Global Battle Of the Bands competition, Di Blueprint continues to make its mark on the Jamaican music industry.

It was an intimate affair as the former Edna Manley students used their vocal prowess to secure new fans.

The group, which consists of Vern on keyboard, Kedron on drums, Alex on bass and lead vocals, and Elly B on guitar and lead vocals, did not seem daunted by the less-than-capacity audience.

In a set that featured signature songs like You're Love, My Angel, and Welcome to my Heart, Di Blueprint serenaded the enthusiastic ladies with tunes from its growing catalogue.

There is no denying the sheer muscle of the band's core instrumentals. The almost rock-star mentality the members brought to their performance certainly worked in their favour.

OLDIES MUSIC

Pausing to interact with the audience throughout its almost two-hour-long set, Di Blueprint also gave fans a taste of some 'good ol' music', reeling off hits including Desmond Dekker's Intensify, Gregory Isaac's Night Nurse, and Black Uhuru's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (Natty Dreadlocks).

"Nuh herb smoker nuh deh ya?" Alex inquired before launching into Collie Buddz's Come Around.

Fingers passing themselves off as guns greeted the band and they had to 'pull up di tune' for the eager audience.

The performance then took on a more sombre tone as band members paid tribute to a deceased member.

"One of our keyboard players passed on and not a lot of persons knew about it. We dedicate our career and everything to him. We just a salute all the fallen," Alex said.

Not wanting to end the night on a sad note, the band turned up the sexual energy at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records.

By now, the atmosphere had changed, and the high was maintained with renditions of Maroon 5's Sunday Morning, T Pain's Bartender, Kartel's Slow Motion, and Busy Signal's Come Over.

The night climaxed with a stellar performance of the band's single, Baby Boo, which had the audience screaming for more.

Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer