Local music takes centre stage
The concert held to kick off the first ever Cayman Islands Homecoming weekend was a bonanza and thoroughfare by any standard.
With an estimated 2,000 people in attendance and a crowd demographic that covered a spectrum of ages and nationalities, the event was a victory for local music and proved that alcohol need not be served to draw a huge crowd in the Cayman Islands.
The night started out with Thanks and Praises taking the stage, after a documentary about the group played to introduce the audience to the band’s members.
A blistering set of tunes from their new album “Rise Above” would ensue next. In a magnificent barrage of sound, the band set the tone for what was to come.
After a seamless band change, the stage was set for Memory of Justice, who reunited just for the Homecoming Concert. The men, now in their 50s did not show any signs of slowing down and kept the energy at a fever pitch while delivering hits like Me and Me Crew, Jammin in the Park and Right on Time; songs that catapulted the group to international acclaim in the 1980s.
Just when the audience thought their evening had climaxed, Swanky came along and simply blew them away.
Violin and indeed musical impresario Samuel Rose of the band was on a mission and his passion was palpably infectious, as the audience succumbed to the band’s sincere delivery. With Nicholas Johnson punching away at the keyboards and guitar and Daniel Augustine on drums, the supporting cast of Swanky seemed to channel the spirit of yesterday and the passion of the Caymanians that created the kitchen music that they have so cleverly progressed into the millennium.
Super group ThE iZ was up next with their international sound, which incorporates the sounds of all of their musical influences and is led by the superior production of Grammy Award winning Producer Jason Gilbert, known as JG.
He spoke to the Caymanian Compass about what it meant for him to take part in such a special show; one that had cultural, historical relevance, as well as implications for the future.
“In celebrating our cultural history, I definitely felt like history was made. To see as many Caymanian talent share one stage to provide the sound track to our cultural time line was an overwhelming experience! I will never forget this weekend and I hope I am blessed enough to rock out for my children and grandchildren like Memory of Justice.”