November 26 – Queens, NY – The Resort World Casino was the setting for this post Thanksgiving Day extravaganza. Everyone was well dressed and debonair for the momentous occasion. For many, this was a nostalgic walk down memory lane. The fun filled night featured iconic legends David Rodigan on his annual visit to New York, the Queen of Reggae Music, Marcia Griffiths, and the Big Ship Captain, Freddie McGregor.
Hosted in part by the widely acclaimed Gentleman Rudeboy Sir David Rodigan from London, England’s BBC Radio 1xtra notoriety, took to the stage at half past midnight. He played his customized dub plates to pepper the crowd and warm them up for a rather enlightening evening that was to ensue. He played many famed tracks from the past few decades always narrating to the crowd before each memorable track was introduced. Rodigan not only DJed but, was also the host with the most.
The thrilling event put forth the spectacle of two of reggae music’s living legend’s Marcia Griffith’s as she appeared decked out in a red silk gown embroidered with white ruffled lace and a red head scarf. She bellowed out her hits including a duet with her son in which she performed Young Gifted and Black, which originally included the memorable duet she recorded with Bob Andy originally. The originator of The Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) even demonstrated the famed dance.
The final stanza of the evening was Freddie McGregor. He was promoting his latest release True to My Roots. The Big Ship Captain donned a black suit with a white shirt and striped grey and black tie. Freddie indeed knows how to give a great performance and on this night he gave it his all. He unleashed several hits from his wonderful catalog including I See it You and Prophecy.
Once again want to thank the whole Irish and Chin team in letting me cover this grandiose gala. I am looking forward to many new events in the upcoming year.