Groovin' fans get their wish

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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ORGANISERS of Groovin' In the Park said having Beres Hammond close the show was a response to perennial requests from fans attending the annual concert.

“Fans have been asking us every year to let Beres close the show,” said Clem Hume, an executive of Groovin Inc —event organisers.

“A lot of thought goes into deciding which artiste will close the festival each year. Beres is one of the most requested artiste to have ever graced a Groovin' stage. Every year, his name comes up at the top of the list. In talking to reggae fans in the community, the name Beres Hammond rings loud, so we feel the time is right for him to be our closer. He has an impressive catalogue of proven hit songs, he has the temperament and the stage craft to enthrall fans and keep them grooving till the end. Beres is the boss!” he continued.

Groovin' In the Park, now in its ninth staging, is scheduled for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, on Sunday, June 30.

The 63-year-old reggae singer began his career in the 1970s and reached his pinnacle in the 1990s. His huge catalogue includes One Step Ahead; Putting Up A Resistance; Double Trouble; and Falling All Over Again, featuring Buju Banton. In 2014, he was nominated for a Reggae Grammy for the album One Love, One Life.

In 2013, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica by the Jamaican Government in recognition of his contribution to the Jamaican music industry.

Hammond is not the first Jamaican act to bring the curtains down on the event. In fact, last year, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley did the honours.

“Jr Gong was the very first reggae/dancehall artist to close the show. It is a big responsibility given that we have major, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling R&B superstars like Michael Bolton and Keyshia Cole set to perform this year, but Beres will be given that special privilege this time” Chris Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin Inc stated.

Other performers slated for Groovin' In the Park are American singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole, R&B singer Michael Bolton, Third World, British disc jock David Rodigan and Sizzla.

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