Gospel singer tours BT landmark

After wowing the audience at the Lions Centre, Grammy Award-winning singer visited Pedro St. James

Road manager Terry Thompson and Jason Crabb try some fresh coconut water.

Singer Jason Crabb had hoped to take to the stage at Pedro St. James Sunday night, but threats of inclement weather led to the performance being held at the Lions Centre instead.

However, despite missing out on the chance to sing at Pedro, the popular Christian artist was able to experience the historic Savannah site the following day.

The Grammy-winning singer and his team postponed their flights back home to make sure they could visit the national attraction and meet its staff.

The tour was given by Joseph Harris, who has been a tour guide at Pedro St. James for almost 14 years.

Jason Crabb meets Pedro mascot Jack Eden.
Jason Crabb meets Pedro mascot Jack Eden.

On the tour, Mr. Crabb got to meet the ever so friendly resident donkey Jack Eden, tasted some guinep and fresh coconuts, was placed in the old jail cell, and learned about the history and heritage of the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Crabb said he would love to plan a trip back to Cayman in March next year with his family, and hold a concert at Pedro Castle.

“We really wanted to have the event at Pedro,” said Sunday’s concert organizer, Dwayne Euter.

“The staff were very accommodating and the venue is perfect. It was a very tough call. I was on the phone all evening on Saturday. We had to make the decision based on the storm warnings that were issued.”

The sun did shine brightly on the day of the show, but by then it was too late to move the concert back to Pedro.

Patrick Thompson Jr., Toreandre Thompson, Jason Crabb, and Katie and Dwayne Euter at Pedro Castle.
Patrick Thompson Jr., Toreandre Thompson, Jason Crabb, and Katie and Dwayne Euter at Pedro Castle.

“We can never accurately predict the weather, and though I was disappointed that the event was not held at the Pedro St. James, I understand the decision made by the promoters,” said Tourism Attractions Board acting CEO Patrick Thompson.

“We were very honored that Mr. Crabb took the time to visit the Pedro St. James National Historic Site. I personally enjoyed the concert, and we look forward to having him at the Pedro St. James for a concert in the near future.”

Concert-goers flocked to the Lions Centre Sunday, and more than 1,200 tickets were sold. “I must say, this was the best concert I’ve ever seen in Cayman, I’ve never ever experienced something like this, everybody who came to the concert were … impressed with the caliber of the show, it was definitely great,” said Mr. Euter.

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