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Gramps Morgan, Heatwave & Shai sparkle on final night of Music Fest 2013

- Event saw yet another modest crowd
Gramps Morgan was the headline act of the final night of the BVI Music Festival 2013 event held along the Cane Garden Bay beach on May 26, 2013. Photo: VINO
90s R&B band, Shai, did not fail to ignite passion through their delivery of staples from their catalogue including their hit, ‘If I ever fall in love’. Photo: VINO
90s R&B band, Shai, did not fail to ignite passion through their delivery of staples from their catalogue including their hit, ‘If I ever fall in love’. Photo: VINO
UK-based disco/funk band, Heatwave, was not to be outdone as it put on an zesty performance at the BVI Music Festival. Photo: VINO
UK-based disco/funk band, Heatwave, was not to be outdone as it put on an zesty performance at the BVI Music Festival. Photo: VINO
Though his performance may have been hampered by rain, B'More kept the ladies of the audience in a spin during his performance. Photo: VINO
Though his performance may have been hampered by rain, B'More kept the ladies of the audience in a spin during his performance. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the final night of the 2013 BVI Music Festival at Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – The curtains came down on the three-day, 2013 BVI Music Festival with great performances by Shai, Heatwave and Gramps Morgan last evening May 26, 2013.

Shai, a 90s R&B group, was the first of three overseas acts to appear during the night and commanded the attention of the audience immediately as they came on stage.

The group, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, sang a medley of their songs to an appreciative crowd and certainly had the women of the audience eating from their hands as they strolled down memory lane.

They sang a new single, ‘Tell Me Why’, from their upcoming album which commemorates their anniversary in addition to others before leading up to their biggest ever hit, ‘If I ever fall in love’.

The group also did an encore of other R&B songs from other artistes for fans such as ‘Zoom’ by the Commodores and ‘If It Isn’t Love’ by New Edition.

Next to arrive on stage was the 70s UK-based funk and disco band, Heatwave, which managed to instil some amount of sting into an overcast night with the antics of its lead singer, Alex Charles.

The band came on just before midnight and their performance was filled with energy from start to finish. They brought hits such as ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ and ‘Always and Forever’ to the stage and managed to seduce the audience with a mixture of their slow R&B ballads and exciting disco tracks.

Couples were seen locked in tight embraces during their slow numbers and the energetic Charles belied his true age as he never failed to make the audience dance and laugh while he bounced around the stage and even threw in a few cartwheels for the fun of it.

Earlier, The Blue Essence band started the evening off with its own brand of jazz staples. They were quickly followed by local R&B artiste, B’More, who seized the opportunity to wow the ladies with smooth lyrics and seductive dance moves. At one point, the artiste had three young ladies on stage dancing with him but his performance was largely affected by heavy rains which forced patrons to seek cover under the nearby tents and bars.

Despite the intermittent showers and a sound system that gave trouble at various points, patrons were treated to a lively show on the final night.

Jamaican reggae heavyweight, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, delivered a conscious performance afterwards as the headline act.

He too, kept couples to the forefront as they held tightly to each other while a steady stream of ‘lovers rock’ music emanated from the stage. Gramps opened up with a Morgan Heritage staple but also delivered quite a few tracks that were from his own catalogue.

Singles such as ‘Let’s Make Love’ from his upcoming album, ‘Come Back To Bed’ and R&B songs such as ‘Let Me Love You Down’ clearly exemplified the pervasive theme of love for the evening.

Morgan also introduced his teenage son, Jamere, whom he described as the ‘Justin Bieber’ of the Caribbean. Jamere sang a few R&B songs of his own as well as a few old school dancehall rhythms with his father.

Gramps said after the show that he found a special place in his heart for Tortola and after coming to the Territory with his band, Morgan Heritage, over the years there was something that he connected with.

As it was with previous nights, especially the opening night, the crowd remained relatively modest but were not shy in showing their appreciation of the entertainment that was provided and appeared to have a good time despite the discouraging weather.

15 Responses to “Gramps Morgan, Heatwave & Shai sparkle on final night of Music Fest 2013”

  • pops (27/05/2013, 10:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice photos vino
  • still have my money (27/05/2013, 10:51) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    ok, after reading the blogs from the 1st night to today, i feel good t o know i did not waste any money going to the bvi musicfest. the year when Damin marley & luciano was the 2 best night Music fest ever had. poin blank.

    oh was that in frank's time!

    glad by bvi artist get a shine tho
    • broke (27/05/2013, 12:19) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Come on people give it a rest,...we need to cancel this ting!!
      • get (27/05/2013, 16:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        that Skelton dude power hungry as usual...dah wha you get!!

        • dumb (29/05/2013, 21:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          What dam power he could get from something they doing for free. You sound hater hungry! They don't get paid and volunteer dummy!
  • confused (27/05/2013, 13:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So it seems that each night there were about 300 people in attendance....so for 3 days that is 900 and round it up to 1,000 each paying $20 to get in....then the income for this event is $20,000....Government lowered it's input to $150,000 so there was only a $130,000 loss this year as opposed to twice that amount when the government was putting up $300,000.....we need businessmen running this country.....
    • .. (27/05/2013, 19:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      "we need businessmen running this country....."

      We do.
      • CJ (27/05/2013, 19:49) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        We focus on this matter to be negative so much we are forgetting the benefits to the economy
    • Try (29/05/2013, 19:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      How much money was made in departure tax? Hotel rooms? Rental? Food? Drinks? No vision!
  • 300 my a$$ (27/05/2013, 21:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please don't get it twisted the very best night may have had 300 people Friday had about 150 Sunday had 150. the rest of the people were from Cane Garden Bay. If these jokers ever give a report you will see the complete failure of this Music Mess. A complete bust and waste of tax payers money but this will not be the first time the executive producer cost the NDP government political points

  • tru (29/05/2013, 19:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Again how much money did the country make? No vision!
  • Sucks (02/06/2013, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's be all real, no hate, but the 2013 bvi music fest sucks this year in a major major Major way.
    It's had to chose what night was a best night, for all night just come like a normal night (exp) like going out to village cay,or a bar where have music & that's it, was not like a show out of the world kind of vibes.

    start planning from now BVI Music Fest.


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