Broader than Broadway…

December 5, 2005 at 4:21 pm 4 comments

I went to Heineken Startime on Saturday night. This was a big oldies concert at Mas Camp – an outdoor ‘area’ for shows. I went, knowing full well that I would be one of the youngest people in the crowd, but expecting a fun time. And it was fun, the old boys all came out and did their stuff – and I knew more of the tunes than I thought I would! For those oldies fans out there, the guys I saw on the show were Leroy Sibbles (good fun), Little Roy (who got flopped!), Ken Booth (wicked!!) and Barrington Levy (too short – could have been better).

But I was thinking about the difference between shows here and shows I’ve been to abroad. Here, songs are ‘hailed’ at the start, rather than at the end. So the second the crowd knows what song is about to be sung, they go mad. But at the end of the song, there is no huge applause or anything.

In some ways, shows here almost become karaoke – if you know the words, then make sure you sing along as loud as possible! Shows here are also not a good time to introduce new songs – if the audience doesn’t know what you are singing, they won’t be pelased. And the crowd shows you in no uncertain terms that they are not pleased!

You also need to ensure that you get your souvenir from the show. At Heineken sponsored events, they tend to do a bucket deal whereby you get 6 beers in a bucket with ice. Now, although I am a red stripe lite drinker, the fact that this really cuts down the time spent queueing at the bar, makes me a convert for the evening. So at the end of the show, we were all joking around about who was going to take home the buckets… and by the time we looked down to pick them up, they’d gone! Apparently they are now the bucket of choice for your stylish window cleaner at the stop lights….


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cream  |  December 7, 2005 at 12:45 pm

    Gis’ a bucket, then!
    Sounds like a good idea. Not too heavy especially if you’re drinking Lite stuff!
    Must be amazing to have so many acts on!

  • 2. Kingston Girl  |  December 7, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry – you are asking WAAAAAAAAAY to late for a bucket – you have to be a lot faster the beat the window cleaners!

  • 3. Guyana-Gyal  |  December 7, 2005 at 9:58 pm

    I lived so long in Jamaica and only now, thanks to this post, I understand the part about hailing songs at the beginning!

  • 4. Gela's Words  |  September 15, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Too funny, hehe. Love the part about the shows being like Karaoke. It’s refreshing reading about happenings in Ja that we take for granted (and see as normal) and seeing it from the point of view of a ‘foreigner’

    I absolutely love going to stage shows cuz as you said, if you know the song, you shriek (hmmm, that spelling don’t look too right but can’t be bothered to check dictionary) it along with the singers. That’s part of the fun. Whenever my friends and I go to stage shows, we imagine ourselves as the backup singers so we do that. You should hear us screaming the words of the AirSupply’s songs at Jazz Festival in Jan06. You’d be horrified, since none of us sings well. Hehehe. Great fun.


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