There has been a revival of live entertainment on the island within recent weeks. The latest venue providing another welcomed alternative is the Nice Time Bar and Restaurant.
Positioned on the tourist strip at Dover Christ Church, the conveniently located establishment, which staged its grand opening on Friday night, is also easily accessible to locals.
Immediately on ascending the stairs to enter the venue, patrons were met with the melodic notes of songs perfect for a big people party. DJ Admiral Nelson kept the crowd entertained with a smooth mix of music while attendees worked up a sweat on the dance floor. There was a heavy emphasis on popular tracks from local artistes. Admiral assured that in coming weeks patrons could look forward to performances from some top local acts including Lil Rick and Wendy Alleyne.
The featured act on the first night was Troubadours International, who appropriately started on a high note with their popular Nice Time, setting the tone of their offerings.
Adrian AC Clarke and Mike Thompson on lead vocals fuelled the party mood as the large audience gyrated to the nostalgic tracks. Sweet-singing AC tantalised patrons with his Soca You. He singled out one female from the audience, looking intently into her eyes as he serenaded her. The veteran performer engaged his audience as he encouraged the men in the crowd to do the same. AC had everyone trying to outdo each other singing his popular refrain, “I want to soca you!”
The audience gave Thompson equal support with Ripe Plantain. The band’s vocal tracks and instrumentals are similarly popular, and their famous Talk was a hit. They further pleased their fans with covers of Baron’s Sweet Soca Man, Black Stalin’s Ah Feel to Party and Jackie Opel’s No Good.
Whether you chose to dance or simply mingle on the balcony, the cosy venue provided a prime spot to get reacquainted with old friends. Those who needed to take a break away from the steamy dancefloor lounged on the ample seating provided on the balcony, using that opportunity to enjoy the free-flowing beverages and the aromatic treats that were available.
Amidst the merriment, the plight of a fellow musician was still close to mind. Proceeds from the door receipts would be used to make a donation to aid ailing musician Smokey Burke. (STT)
*Editor’s Note: This event took place prior to the passing of Smokey Burke on Wednesday, February 26.