The rain could not stop the scores of patrons who turned out on Sunday at The Alexandra School where Bacchanal Time pitched its tent.
The line-up featured some of the big names in the calypso arena, as well as some bashment soca artistes, providing for an eclectic mix of entertainment.
From Supa D, who sung about soca being Music To Die For, newcomer Cher and her Sweet Bajan, right down to the guest performers Classic and Biggie Irie, who are performing this year with De Big Show, the packed audience got more than their money’s worth.
Dressed in a black suit, Peter Ram came out blazing and was in the mood for Asking Questions, such as, “How comes the houses in Coverley ain’t got in a single body? And why de CLICO money tekking so long?” It is by far one of the more biting social commentaries of the season.
Classic also added to the night’s experience performing his two popular songs I Ain’t Come Here Fuh That and Freundel Knows, the latter being extremely well received.
However, Sunday’s tent outing was more for the party enthusiasts as Statement took everyone In De Party and On De Road while Hypasounds was So Good and yet Dutti. The audience simply loved them!
For Timmy, it was a Long Time but he was thankful that Whining Season come. He had some female members of the crowd in stitches as he gyrated up and down the auditorium, bringing back memories of him with the Grass Skirt Crew and showing off the flexibility and dexterity of his waistline.
After all of that heat in the place, the tempo slowed a bit, not because of any breaks in what was a fast paced and well-executed show, but on account of the old man Rudefus. Eric Lewis was fully in character and at his hilarious best as he explained why he loves his Jerk Meat in the first half and why Boney Girls were just right for him in the second much to the delight of the audience.
These performances paved the way for Sanctuary, who was explosive on stage with Switching and Mega Monday, two very popular compositions for 2014.
Then came time to Crank Pun De Pedal Like Yuh Pun Uh All P. In total, Stiffy performed three songs on the night leaving the audience in stitches. All that was left for Biggie Irie to do when he came on stage was to ‘inject de liver’ as his popular Pangkatang suggested and the crowd willingly complied; many simply couldn’t sit still and were dancing and singing in the aisles.
All that was left was for the “sexiest man in soca” to come to the stage. Gorg came with his “Gorgy bundle” – all he had left after his woman left him – while Peter Ram poured him a glass of rum.
It was pure drama on stage as Gorg left the audience begging for more and the curtain came down on the tent.
Full points to Bacchanal Time!