by Tonia Husbands
Steel pan music filled the air when the inaugural Pan in the City and Cruise came off last Saturday.
Patrons were greeted to the songs of sweet Caribbean music by the Eastland All Stars Steel band. Due to the absence of live steel pan performances at Independence Square many gathered on the Wickham/Lewis Boardwalk to still get a taste of the music which filled Bridgetown. On board the Jolly Roger pleasure craft, the atmosphere was electrifying as patrons partied the evening away to sounds of live music by the DJ and the Sunset Steel Orchestra, which later was accompanied by Grynner, sent the crowd in a frenzy as they partied to some of his greatest hits.
With the beautiful island of Barbados as their backdrop, sweet sounds of the steel pan music and the beautiful Caribbean Sea beneath them, there wasn’t much more they could ask for. On board the inaugural trip to Speighstown was Minister Stephen Lashley and Caribbean Passport winner Avionne Mcclatchie of Trinidad and Tobago who won a trip to Barbados for Pan Weekend. Just after an hour on the seas the Jolly Roger docked on the jetty in Speightstown. Scores of people converged to witness this beautiful vessel as it made Speightstown its home for the a couple of hours. The massive crowd which gathered to witness Pan in Speightstown were entertained by MC Jennifer Walker, Unity Steel, Olakunde, Banks Sound Tech Steel Orchestra and Sunset Steel Orchestra who later in their set brought Grynner to the stage to again perform a replica of what he did earlier on the boat to an appreciative audience. Festival Event Planner Karen Pestaina should be commended for this brilliant initiative of bringing Pan to two cities in one night. The people of the north showed their appreciation with a massive turn out to the event.
Speightstown truly came alive on Saturday night!!!