'Off Tha Wall' to dazzle MoBay - Expected to pull local and overseas fans
Adrian Frater, News Editor
The customary buzz is now rocking western Jamaica as old-school party fans are once again gearing up for the ultimate party, first of the bi-annual 'Off Tha Wall Retro Party', which will be staged at the scenic Pier One complex in Montego Bay tonight.
Like each of its previous stagings over the past six years, the event is expected to pull out those party fans who were youngsters in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, and who religiously look towards Off Tha Wall to recapture some of the magic of their youth.
In fact, Off Tha Wall, which is staged on the last Saturday in May and November each year, has become like a grand reunion for party fans of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Numerous overseas-based Jamaicans regularly come at this time to share in the grand musical experience, which has never failed to deliver.
"When we developed this concept, it was all about trying to relive the good times we used to have on the party circuit in the '70s, '80s and '90s," said promoter Nash Lawson, whose After 10 Promotions conceptualised the event. "Back in the days, we used to party all night long ... incident-free."
Added Lawson: "Off Tha Wall' has now gotten so popular in recent times that we are now seeing just as many youngsters as old-schoolers, and the great thing is that we have not had to surrender the original concept to keep the youngsters coming."
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In keeping with its trademark of giving each staging of Off Tha Wall its unique flavour, Lawson has tagged Saturday night's event the 'Let's Grove Tonight' edition. Interestingly, like the name Off Tha Wall, which is taken from one of the hits songs by the legendary king of pop Michael Jackson, the theme for each staging also comes from Jackson's catalogue.
"We grew up on the music of Michael Jackson. It was his music that dominated the party circuit back in the days," said Lawson, who was one of Montego Bay's top disc jockeys in the 1980s and 1990s operating under the moniker Deejay Turbo.
As per tradition, Lawson has secured the services of two popular disc jockeys of retro fame to share the turntables with him. This time around, the mantle will be carried by DJ Marvin of Fame FM, and the exciting Baby Thug.
So as to ensure that party vibes, remain solid all night long, sponsors Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum and Stone's Ginger Wine will be solidly on-board to keep spirits soaring under what promises to be a musical invasion of the seaside complex.