Redbones — 21 Strong!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

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There's never a right way to say goodbye, but we reckon Redbones Blues Café principal Enola Williams found one when she, on Saturday last, bid farewell to 1 Argyle Road in a nightlong music fest monikered The Best of The Best.

Saturday's showcase — the culmination of a week-long series of events dedicated to the Redbones 21st anniversary celebrations — paid homage to the best of the best performers and performances to have graced the Redbones stage over the years.

The scores of epicures and art connoisseurs sampling signature Redbones dining and waterhole offerings belied the odd intimacy of the complementary performance showcase — a throwback to the customary Redbones experience — set in the elegantly lit courtyard.

Charmaine Limonius was the first performer to hit the stage, in a set that featured a reggae-fied version of La Vie En Rose. She was followed by highly respected music pedagogue Seretse Small, whose take on Exodus and tribute to Motown were well received. Percussionist Mbala and his ad hoc orchestra, trumpeter Stingray, the neon suit-clad electro-style PseudoKhule Band, Edna Manley final-year student Flavia Beswick, the 6Points Band, the Downstairs band, performing rock renditions of local and international hits, were all veritable crowd-pleasers. Earl “Chinna” Smith, Sangie Davis, Della Manley, Donavan Josephs, veteran Bob Andy, Max Romeo, Nadia Harris and Kush were also standouts.

Another highlight of the soirée — which went on well into the wee hours of the morning — was the packed courtyard of patrons bidding farewell to Argyle Road via an overhead drone. And so it was that Redbones' fantastic 21st anniversary celebration, honouring its decades-long commitment to supporting local arts, secured its place among The Best of The Best.

 

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