Showband Suite Elite is starting monthly free showcases at Treasure Island.
The first gig is on Saturday, 13 October from 8pm, says Pam Burgess of the popular showband.
“Treasure Island has a vibrant, fun atmosphere and is a great location for live music and the lobby area offers ample seating space and room to dance,” she tells us.
“It’s outdoors yet there’s an indoor feel and as the stage, dancefloor, bar and lounge area are completely under cover, rain or shine the show can go on. Being bang in the middle of the Seven Mile Beach stretch makes it a great place for both tourists and locals to mingle plus it’s easy walking distance from the local hotels and bars,” she notes.
The Irish singer says that as well as the usual classic 1980s and modern rock, calypso and reggae, the addition of new members has enabled the band to branch out into fresh modern Top 40 pop.
“Suite Elite have expanded in size and now have two keyboard/synthesiser players,” Pam says.
“Kevin Blake and Marlon Salmon, both from Jamaica, are a dangerous duo behind the keys. They have furnished the band with the ability to perfect a modern techno-dance sound found in hits by Rihanna, Flo-Rida, Lady Gaga, etc., as well as covering all the 80s synth classics.
“Fans can also see the talented Lingga Rinaldy from Indonesia blast out those perfect notes with his guitar thrown over his shoulders, Paul Boxwell from the UK will be thumping out those bass drives and local island drummer Charles Ebanks is still going strong pounding the kit. I’m really proud to front such a great band and we are ready to hit TI with an amazing showcase,” says the vocalist.
She promises that it will be a case of “party, party, party” on the night.
“Suite Elite loves creating a high energy, fun vibe. The band is renowned for getting the dance floor jumping and having everyone singing along, we involve the crowd and focus on delivering a show as well as playing the music,” Pam says.
Also appearing is young Caymanian band, Inverse, which features a lineup aged between 14 and 17. All go to local schools, Pam tells us.
“They are David Lee on bass and backing vocals, Stephan Aleria on lead guitar and lead vocals, Franklin Brown on rhythm guitar and Jonathan Wilson on drums. These youths have a very bright future ahead of them in music. The band auditioned for me in a small bedroom using basic equipment with limited effects and totally blew me away with their sound and presence.
“I’m excited to have them warm up for Suite Elite and to hear them perform using our sound system and technician behind the board. I hope the event gains Inverse more notoriety and fans – young artists like this really develop and grow with live stage experience.
“This is how we all start and that’s what moulds us into seasoned, professional performers,” she concludes.
Following this Saturday’s event the next show dates will be 24 November and 15 December.