Saturday, January 20, 2018

'Blue' puts midday crowd in a frenzy


people's Favourite: Veteran soca artiste SuperBlue entertains the massive crowd at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, yesterday during the final bmobile Carnival 2013 Soca in bSquare free lunchtime concert series. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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IT was short but the energy it generated from the crowd was by far the most explosive in five days of midday soca entertainment at Woodford Square, Port of Spain.

The much anticipated performance of soca veteran Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons sent thousands of fans into a waving frenzy when he took to the stage yesterday, bringing bmobile's Soca in bSquare week-long concert series to an end.

The lunch-time concerts featured some of this country's top soca artistes, most of whom would be competing next week Friday as they seek to secure the Power and Groovy International Soca Monarch titles.

Lyons is one of the favourites to be crowned this year's Power Soca Monarch, returning to the soca arena after an absence of over a decade with his song "Fantastic Friday".

In the minutes leading up to his 15-minute performance which began around 1 p.m., the crowd visibly began becoming impatient as shouts of "Super, Super!" began filling the air, even as Shurwayne Winchester together with back-up dancers provided entertainment.

Prior to Winchester's performance, Kerwin DuBois started off the final day of the concert series. It was around 12.45 p.m., during Winchester's performance that the crowd began calling for "Super".

Ten minutes later he appeared on stage dressed in his traditional outfit—his head wrapped in a blue bandana and him wearing a blue T-shirt bearing the Superman logo.

The crowd went wild as Lyons started of his performance with "Get Something and Wave", which earned him the Road March title in 1991.

This was followed by "Fantastic Friday", which took the energy of the crowd to whole other level. As "Blue" chanted "water and powder" several people obviously came prepared as they quickly followed his every command.