One of the biggest concerts of the year is schedule to take place at Pageant Beach on 2 December.
The Homecoming concert will kick off the Cayman Thanksgiving weekend and is an event that will also celebrate four of the most talented bands in the Cayman Islands and by all accounts will be a blessing for concert goers.
As part of the theme that the Caymanian Thanksgiving is enveloped in, the concert segment has been conceived with a view of invoking a sense of celebration, inspiration, as well as national pride and unity, according to organisers, who added that with the discontinuation of the Cayman Jazzfest, the Cayman Islands musical calendar no longer has a marquee event of national status.
“Homecoming fills this void in the Cayman entertainment sc
ene and the concert itself will represent a unique homecoming for each band set to participate,” explained Samuel Rose, who added that the evening would serve as a testament to the bounty of goodness that still exists among Caymanians and a reminder to all who call the talk shows wondering whether our social ills have consumed us that we do not have to accept such a future for ourselves. “Our people still have so much good to offer and we are proud to be ambassadors of that good spirit, which I know is still a part of who we are.”
Look out for Swanky Kitchen Band, bringing the past to the present by blending original tracks with renditions of old time favourites. The band consists of Samuel Rose on violin/fiddle, Nicholas Johnson on guitar, Daniel Augustine on drums, Stanley Ebanks on percussion and Paula Scott on grater and shakers. Also, Thanks and Praises will deliver their classical style of reggae and Consisting of Rudy”Levi” Ebanks and Aubrey “Gad” Ebanks, and featuring a 12-piece band with a brass section, their set promises to be as riveting as it gets.
Rounding out the lineup, super group, ThE iZ, will offer up their internationally acclaimed island sound, which has become the subject of great interest around the world and indeed the Caribbean.
All of these bands have had album projects during this year, which can be obtained at the concert in addition to select retailers on Islands and online.
Fans are definitely in for a treat on the evening, which is billed as a show like no other.
“It is envisioned that the Homecoming concert is going to be a one of a kind musical extravaganza and is expected to be an annual event that will serve not only to launch the newly announced Thanksgiving weekend, but also to feature any Caymanian act that has had an album release during the year,” said Samuel Rose, of Swanky.
He said the show was being held at the Pageant Beach because of the Island’s seafaring heritage and the closeness Caymanians feel to the ocean.
“The idea of homecoming is one of individuals returning to their culture, while sharing and enjoying what it means to be Caymanian with visitors.”
At only $10 for tickets, it is accessible to all. The concert is a family event and according to organisers, the whole family can come out expecting great entertainment and a wholesome atmosphere.
Albums from all of the bands performing on the evening will be available at the show, as well as T-shirts from the 1345 collection and other goodies.
“For those who are looking to be inspired by what we can accomplish together as a community, there is no other place to be on 2 December. We want everyone to come out; young, old, expatriates, Caymanians and visitors. This show is for all,” said Luigi Moxam of the 1345 collection.
One of the treats and surprises of the night, which has been kept secret until now, is a musical performance from a Caymanian group that made their mark on the international Reggae scene in the 1980s
. With songs like Me and me Crew, Right on Time and many other hits that anyone who grew up during the era of big bands in the Cayman Islands will remember, the reuniting of Memory of Justice for a pulsating set of sweet reggae music, will no doubt take listeners on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.
Memory of Justice consists of Charles Gregory on bass guitar, Lammie Seymour on keyboards and lead vocals, as well as Johnathon Ebanks on guitar a
nd Ray Miles as a guest on guitar, Chris Seymour on percussion and back up vocals and Katherine Seymour on backup vocals and internationally acclaimed drummer Kirk Bennett, who has played for the likes of Beres Hammond, Damian Marley and Maxi Priest.
Today most of the original members of Memory of Justice can be found still plying their trade in different areas of music and the men are never too far away in the background, when you take a close look at any young musical talent that is being spawned from the Cayman Islands today. Charles Gregory, for instance, is still busy producing music and has been one of the facilitators behind the mega success of groups like ThE iZ, Swanky and Thanks and Praises. His ever-p
resent vigilance, professionalism and attention to detail can be evidenced at the world class studio he has created known as Hopscotch. As a producer and sound engineer, he has also made a mark, being able to provide staging, lighting and sound for the biggest acts in the world such as Alicia Keys, Anita Baker and Michael Bolton to name a few. Charles has not missed a beat in his 40 years around music.
Johnathon Ebanks has also been instrumental in the music scene and is still making music, most recently travelling around the United States with singer songwriter, Mike Leclerk to promote his solo project, in addition to backing a number of musicians on Island.
Lammie Seymour almost needs no introduction. He has been a mainstay at venues all over Grand Cayman and is best known for his smooth vocal delivery and air tight compositions. He is a singer’s singer, who is a triple threat on keyboards, vocals and bass guitar. Music seems to flow effortlessly from this man.
For anyone who ever wondered what Caymanian culture and talent can produce, this concert is must see.
For a world class event, there must be world class production and the staging, lighting and backline stage management for this show’s production comes courtesy of Hospscotch Studios, which will be collaborating with other local production companies on a level similar to what crowds are familiar with from the Cayman Jazzfest.
This is part of the commitment to showcasing some of the beset talent with the best available resources. The evening’s performances will be brought to life by a supporting cast of the top musicians in the Cayman Islands, with artists who collaborated with the bands on their album projects, such as Jeffrey Wilson, Devon Eddie and KK Alese.
Look out for food from some of the best cooks on the Islands at the Homecoming concert as well, with the premier cooks known around the Islands serving up their specialities of conch stew, lobster, stew turtle and crab, as well as fruit juices and heavy cakes. If you are wondering about the culture that still exists in the Cayman Islands, come out to the Homecoming concert and be impressed by what we thought was gone, that has now come home.
Any vendors who would like to participate in the event or set up a stall and volunteers who would like to assist can contact [email protected] or check the Cayman Thanksgiving page on Facebook.