Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars made a statement when they took the unbeaten path in their repertoire at Pan Royale last Saturday evening at the QRC Forecourt.
The band from Hell Yard (Duke Street) took the audience down a ‘Classical Jewels’ path that had them excited. With songs like “El Dorado”, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “This is the Moment” featuring world renowned tenor Eddie Cumberbatch who received a thunderous applause for his rendition. As if to push the envelope even further All Stars had Rahel Moore join Cumberbatch to do “Time to say Goodbye (Con te partiro)” as conducted by June Nathaniel. The duo received a standing ovation for their performance.
The band continued with the “Theme from the Good the Bad and the Ugly” and closed off their set with Franz von Suppe’s “Overture from Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna”. This performance was so satisfying, the audience did not even ask for All Stars’ signature song “Woman on the Bass” — a must have at all their outings.
Before All Stars, bp Renegades also thrilled the audience with their performance with arranger Duvonne Stewart on the e-pan. The nine-time Panorama winners performed songs “All Night Long”, “Steelband Times”, “The Prayer”, “Pint o Wine”, “Back Door” and a reggae medley.
They too were well received.
Witco Desperadoes put out a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Their set included jazz, blues, calypso and soca. Former calypso monarch Singing Sandra performed her title winner “Voices from the Ghetto” and “Die with my Dignity” despite being under the weather. But she said she is a Desperado because she was born in Laventille.
Desperadoes also performed “Masquerade”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Pan in A Minor”, Jaques Offenbach’s “Can Can” for which they received a tremendous applause and they finished with “Rebecca”.
Reigning Panorama champions Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove was different. They came with a totally new and invigorated repertoire which included the very popular “Blurred Lines” and Robin Thicke’s remake of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’. The surprise of the night was when The Alternative Quartet joined Phase II on stage.
Together they made “Moon River” sound so romantic, the soul of “Blurred Lines” rang through and the blues of “Carnival Tabanca” was real. Phase II also played “On Blue Dolphin Street”, “Rose” and their Panorama winner “More Love” to close off an evening of great music.
The Queen’s Royal College Foundation put on a good show but patrons had a hard time getting drinks throughout the night; because of the prohibitive cost of running a commercial bar they were forced to make other arrangements.