Starting the summer with a bang!
The past few years have seen some exciting entertainers grace the stage in the Cayman Islands, and on Friday, 12 July some more legendary performers will be ready to rock the crowd. Production company Music Republic is celebrating its inaugural musical event in the Cayman Islands with global chart toppers Air Supply and Jamaican reggae band Third World, along with up-and-coming stars Brave Yesterday and Chronixx.
It’s all happening at the Festival Green at Camana Bay and fans of live music should get their tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Just in case you’re wondering who these performers are, here’s the breakdown on their history, their hits and why this is an event you shouldn’t miss.
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on 12 May, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. Air Supply was born.
Clive Davis signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now, Air Supply was on their way. The second single was “All Out of Love,” and that went up the charts even quicker.
Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equalled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles. The albums “Lost in Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Now & Forever”, and “The Greatest Hits” sold more than 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.
In July 2005, their live DVD “It Was 30 Years Ago Today” celebrated 30 years of success around the world and in that same month, Air Supply smashed attendance records when, in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people.
The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the US and beyond.
Third World is a top reggae group from Jamaica that experienced a number of hits and worldwide popularity in the late 70s and early 80s; a popularity that has continued to today.
“Now That We Found Love” from their third album Journey to Addis became a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1978, reaching the top 10 in the UK. Journey to Addis also became a top-30 hit album in the UK.
They met legendary entertainer Stevie Wonder in Jamaica in 1976, and he subsequently performed with them at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1981 after Bob Marley’s death, playing his tribute “Master Blaster” to a crowd of thousands.
In the mid-80s, the band went on to record more commercial tunes such as “Sense of Purpose”, “Reggae Ambassador”, “Forbidden Love” and “Committed”.
The band is still recording and performing, including in front of a television audience at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremony in Trelawny.
Artist Jamar Rolando McNaughton, better known in the music industry as Chronixx, has a distinctive voice, which has earned him his place on the reggae stage. Chronixx has been widely regarded by critics in the music industry internationally as the biggest talent to arrive on the music scene since the legendary Bob Marley.
Brave Yesterday, a group originating from Jersey, Channel Islands who credit their fresh sound to influences such as The Killers, Snow Patrol and The Police will also join the show. Brave Yesterday supported McFly in 2011, playing on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and released their third full-length album “Kaleidoscopes”.
These visiting international artists will be joined by local musical acts Stuart Wilson and Inverse. All in all, it should be a fantastic night of entertainment. Hopefully it will be the first of many.
Stuart Wilson is quickly becoming a name that audiences all over the world are warming up to, as a result of the artist’s “International Brand of Reggae,” energetic live performances and the welcomed and refreshing sight of a musician playing an instrument on stage.
Stuart and his band have opened for acts such as John Legend, Damian Marley, Roberta Flack, Michael Bolton, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Mavado and a host of others.
This burgeoning young group has played at several local functions, impressing a number of professional entertainers with skills normally found in more experienced performers. Their playlist features a mixture of original and cover numbers, with songs from such notable groups as Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana and the Eagles.
Music Republic is a leading entertainment and concert production company in the Caribbean. Based in Jamaica, the group designs large festivals, concerts, stage shows and smaller scale musical gatherings with the help of a team with more than 75 years of industry experience.