Pan and Rum Punch Event || Caribbean Event Review
Atlanta sometimes feels like an arid dessert for Caribbean culture lovers who want to experience something besides parties. That is why events such as the Pan & Rum Punch Event that took place on Saturday August 15th are so welcome and even necessary. Priestess Productions did a great job of putting together a program that showcased different elements of Caribbean culture that are not normally highlighted. Elements such as limbo dancing, steelpan and vintage calypso all took center stage to the delight of the crowd who came out. This gem of a show was like water to a thirsty man.
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I usually have to get my mind right to make the trek to C&J hideaway. Late at night it can seem like the longest drive ever, but, for this event, it definitely worked. The secluded tucked away location lent itself to an intimate atmosphere for patrons. The large expansive yard meant there was ample room for everyone to enjoy the open-air show, dance, eat food and even tolerate the bugs. I must applaud the caterer, Claudia Sass, for putting together a menu that really held its weight. There was the choice of oxtail, jerk chicken, stew chicken or curry goat served with rice, macaroni pie and a drink…my belly was full after that meal.
It was a fun crowd. As has become the norm in Atlanta, events such as these seem to attract a more mature group. It’s a pity that our Caribbean cultural traditions seem to be getting lost to the younger demographic. But, I must admit for the people who were there, the fun did not seem to end. The evening evolved into an almost concert like affair, with many people sitting and just enjoying the steelpan music, vintage kaiso and other entertainment. A few brave souls created their own dance floor and that’s when the excitement started.
The M.C., Nigel Fabien, kept the crowd engaged with his endless banter and jokes. Natalie Joseph Settle opened the show with her limbo act, followed quickly by the Radoes Steelpan Orchestra from Brooklyn. They definitely showed the crowd how they earned their title of 2014 NYC Panorama champs. They had it all; great musical arrangement, excitement and vibes, a wicked soloist and a lively riddim section. In a nutshell, they had all the elements of a great pan side. They were followed by a performance from veteran performer and songwriter, Preacher singing one of his classic hits, ‘Dancehall Soca.’ After his performance, Preacher made way for a group of young talented upcoming artistes. Daddy Rock 13 performed a crossover soca and rap tune entitled ‘Bring Dem’, followed by a performance by the entire team GAK DA Movement. At this point of the night, the crowd was more than ready to receive the vintage kaiso performed by Poser (1979 Road March winner). He wowed the crowd with his double-entendre infused songs and his engaging stage presence. Despite the steelpan performance being a bit too long, and the minor technical difficulties it was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.
- Steel Pan 45%, 37 votes37 votes 45%37 votes - 45% of all votes
- Caribbean Dance 28%, 23 votes23 votes 28%23 votes - 28% of all votes
- Calypso 19%, 16 votes16 votes 19%16 votes - 19% of all votes
- Caribbean Theater 8%, 7 votes7 votes 8%7 votes - 8% of all votes