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Portie Live goes rafting on the Rio Grande

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Nambo Robinson
The Riddim Bank band

The Banks of The Rio Grande is fast becoming the place to be on a Sunday afternoon in Portland. The venue, situated at renowned tourist attraction, Rafters' Rest, provides the ideal ambiance for many activities. Patrons can take the option of enjoying a ride on a raft with one of the experienced raftsmen then spend the afternoon relaxing with a cool beer or dancing up a storm to the music that is provided.

Sunday, December 13 kicks off the season with a good vibe as EarthKry Band performs for the first in the series of Portie Live events.

The band, managed by Tara Johnson, daughter of the late Harry J, is a 2013 product of The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, and comprises four musicians.




The members - lead singer and guitarist, Aldayne Haughton; keyboard player Phillip McFarlane, drummer Kieron Cunningham and bass guitarist Kamardo Blake - promise an evening of great entertainment, as they have been looking forward to playing in the resort town of Port Antonio.

EarthKry will be playing alongside one of their mentors, Nambo Robinson, and, therefore, can do wrong on Sunday.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m., with the sounds of the Portland-based band, Riddim Bank, led by Donnie Chin, before flowing into a short solo stint by Nambo Robinson and ends with EarthKry Band.

Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group has cemented a wholesome fusion of roots, reggae, souls and rock. Tickets are $500 at the gate.