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‘Best Of DiMario McDowell And Friends' All Set For Tonight At JC Auditorium

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:02 PM


Having gained a massive ground swell with the staging of 30 editions of ‘Thursday Night Live’ shows, featuring 30 special guests over 30 weeks, DiMario McDowell in association with 2A Seafood and Grill will be hosting the ‘Best of DiMario & Friends’ at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, tonight.

Gates will open at 6 p.m., and show time is set for 8 p.m.

The line-up will include 11 of the island’s top performers, accompanied by four bands.

Leading the island’s best on stage will be: Ernie Smith – celebrating his 50th anniversary in music, Ken Boothe, Gem Myers, Karen Smith and Pam Hall, who will be joined by Wynton Williams, musical director of Father HoLung and Friends; Noddy Virtue; Christine Fisher; Leonardo Carmichael; Delano McFarlane and Simon Azan. Four bands will accompany the performers: I-Lite Band, Sparrow Martin’s Ska Sonic Band, the Right Band and Simon’s Gospel Band.

Comedians Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, Ibo Cooper and Bobby Finzi Smith are also booked to perform, while special guests will be the Father Ho-Lung Dancers.

“This is going to be a one-of-a-kind show in keeping with my vision to encourage families to go out to live shows, where the broad spectrum of Jamaican music is on display. We have seen the overwhelming response to our ‘Thursday Night Live’ events, when we have a variety of music at one session: mento, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall from the 1980s and even a splash of humour,” DiMario said.

DiMario said he is expecting most of the 3,000 or so patrons who have attended the 30 weekly shows to-date to support the ‘Best of DiMario McDowell & Friends’, because of the exceptionally high entertainment value.