Philadelphia P.A. | “Reggae In The Park” Sunday June 9th was one of the best shows of the year. Headlining were three major entertainers in the Reggae music industry. The festivities began early with performances by a few of Delaware’s best artist Memry “G”, Precious, and I-Vern.
The festivities began early with performances by a few of Delaware’s best artist Memry “G”, Precious, and I-Vern. Many sounds and selectors were featured during the breaks to keep the vibes flowing. Featured were some of Philly’s best Vybz Xpress, Solomonic, and Reggae Vibrations.
As the night began to fall in the Mann Music Center the setting was perfect for Jah Messenger Luciano to grace the stage to bring forth his positive musical message. For all the Luciano fans this was a sweet return to the Tri-state area after a four-year absence. Patrons were blessed with some of the early hits from the 90’s to his most recent tunes.
Beres Hammond gave one of his best performances as if it were one of his last to come. Beres Hammond didn’t have any trouble with the crowd response. The whole venue sand along with the great Mr. Hammond hit after hit. He performed for at least two hours. I didn’t think the Philadelphia people would let him off the stage. As for the rumors about Beres health we couldn’t get an interview but we may have one very soon. I can say that he didn’t look as healthy as he’s been in the past but he’s still the same strong spirited Beres I’ve known through the years, and his voice hasn’t aged either after so many years in the business.
Finally the big headliner the great actor/singer Jimmy Cliff entered the venue with members of hid band dressed in Red collard shirts with Jimmy Cliff on the pocket. Many of his band were from California and the return from Jamaica. Special shout out to the keyboardist, and drummer. We caught Jimmy Cliff as he entered the venue in and he looked older than 30 years old. Later when the great Mr. Cliff hit the stage he had the fury of a warrior in his prime. Full of energy he dropped many of his biggest hits but the years may have taken a toll on his voice. As he reached his third song he struggled to hit certain notes but the crowd along with his background singers carried him through his final few tunes. For the many years he’s been around his movements are fabulous. I’m not sure if it was just this show or what but I sure hope he gets that classic Jimmy Cliff sound back we’ve all grown with and love.
Bless up to all the staff who helped us out during this trip to Philadelphia for “Reggae In The Park” brother David Russell, and Jen C.
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