Patrons got a chance to once again enjoy a night energised with fun and filled with a live band and music during the fifth staging of Thursday Night Live Acoustic Settings Inna Di City on August 11.
The event usually features a unique mix of young and veteran artistes at 8 Rivaz At the Cove on 3 Winchester Road in Kingston.
So far, the series has featured Intence, I-Wata, 450 and Yaksta and veterans such as Ken Boothe, Richie Spice and Fantan Mojah and last night added Jahvillani and Capleton to their list.
“I love being here, It’s a great event, it’s a great vibe, we usually bring in over a 100 people and I’m expecting way more tonight for the roster we have tonight, especially for Capleton,” said radio personality Raven who has hosted the last three events was one of the two hosts for the evening.
“We really like the vision we’re seeing here, we think there’s a whole lot of growth opportunity still, but we still like the turnout that we’re seeing, people are still coming in and we like what we’re seeing,” said Kevin McLean of TNL.
Event sponsor Red Stripe made their presence felt at the event with promotional deals, signs and workers in place to ensure everyone could feel the vibes.
“Red Stripe has always been a major supporter of Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage in music. We’re bringing more people together through music and good vibes, showcasing the country’s up-and-coming artistes so more people can experience their talents blended with more established acts. Tonight, we have Jahvillani and the veteran Capleton himself. For Red Stripe, the series fit perfectly with our focus – #MusicandRedStripe which is about celebrating this aspect of Jamaican culture that has been a global inspiration,” said Nathan Nelms, brand manager for Red Stripe.
“I’m very, very impressed, it’s not a place I normally come to, I came here once before several years ago to eat and stuff, I wasn’t really expecting that much when I came back tonight, I just came here because of Capleton, I have a long standing business connection with him, Gabbidon was coming, that’s one of his dancers, so I came but the place is really, really nice, the food was amazing, I had some fried fish, settings are perfect, I’m having a great time,” said Zachary Harding, executive director of Delta Capital Partners Ltd.
While most patrons agreed that the venue and the vibe is enjoyable a few expressed disappointment with the production. Some attendees, who elected to remain anonymous, wanted to point out their issue with it not being communicated to them that performances would not begin before 10 pm, despite the gates being open from 7:30 pm.
“The vibe is nice. I just wish the performance would start. I’m not so young anymore. It’s a great venue though, with lots of space,” said an anonymous patron.
“I thought showtime is 8 o’clock and we’re still waiting at 11. I wish the information that it wouldn’t start at 8 was communicated. We were just left here trying to Boogie-Woogie to Lambada,” said another anonymous patron.