‘Pak­age’ Rocks at Hospi­tal­ity Awards

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FOR OVER three decades, the names Pa­tri­cia Ed­wards, Karen Smith, and Gem My­ers have been syn­ony­mous with the lo­cal cabaret cir­cuit. As solo acts, they have dis­tin­guished them­selves at the ho­tels as peren­nial crowd pleasers — night af­ter night - as only they can and with voices that come along once ev­ery gen­er­a­tion.

Well, on Satur­day night, at The Gleaner’s Hospi­tal­ity Awards 2016 inside the con­fines of a packed Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre ball­room in Rose Hall, St James, the trio of Smith, My­ers and Ed­wards, who, since last year, has formed its ver­sion of the dream team — the ap­pro­pri­ately named ‘Pak­age’—gave what can only best be de­scribed as a per­for­mance for the ages. Sim­ply put, they gave those who were priv­i­leged to be there a taste of what they do at the ho­tels.


Grac­ing the stage at about 9:15 p.m., and in throw­back out­fits rem­i­nis­cent of the golden ‘70s and ‘80s era, the trio em­barked down mem­ory lane with hit af­ter hit, work­ing up the au­di­ence to a frenzy and hav­ing ev­ery­one lit­er­ally eat­ing out of their hands.

Whether it was Abba’s Danc­ing Queen, or the Pointer Sis­ters’ I’m So Ex­cited, or Mar­cia Grif­fiths’ Dream­land, the trio could do no wrong. And by the time they ex­ited the stage, it was lit­er­ally pan­de­mo­nium inside the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, ev­ery­one on his feet beg­ging for more.

And more they got! ‘Pak­age’ re­turned with a vengeance, pick­ing up where they left off to the de­light of the ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence.

My­ers took time out to shower praises on her two part­ners, call­ing them her sis­ters and not­ing: “I wouldn’t have done this with any­body else. These two ladies are in­deed spe­cial.”

Ed­wards pointed out that she had been in­volved in mu­sic for over 40 years, adding that “it is al­ways spe­cial bring­ing mu­sic

to the peo­ple”, while Smith im­plored hote­liers to al­ways be on the look­out for up-and­com­ing tal­ent, not­ing that, “I am who I am to­day be­cause of the op­por­tu­ni­ties I got work­ing in the ho­tels”. She also thanked the Hospi­tal­ity Awards or­gan­is­ers for “mak­ing us a part of this re­ally ex­cit­ing even­ing.”

When it was all over, there was not one per­son sit­ting in a chair. The ap­plause, led by Grammy-Win­ning dancehall artiste Bee­nie Man, was loud and deaf­en­ing, with ev­ery­one agree­ing that it was a fit­ting ad­di­tion to what was al­ready shap­ing up to be a very ex­cit­ing even­ing.

Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett prob­a­bly summed it up best. “I have known Karen, Pa­tri­cia, and Gem for many

years, and what you all ex­pe­ri­enced here tonight is some­thing they have been do­ing for most of their lives,” he noted. “These ladies are am­bas­sadors in the truest sense of the word and have for decades been do­ing their part in en­hanc­ing the tourism prod­uct. I am proud to say that they re­mind us all of what good mu­sic truly is.”

The stel­lar per­for­mance by the three su­per­stars was com­ple­mented by the dance troupe Ma­hogany, which took the au­di­ence on a rich jour­ney of the Ja­maican cul­ture. Undi­luted, the Brent Maxwell-led team used the coun­try’s African re­ten­tion via Ku­mina and drum­ming to cap­ti­vate the crowd.


From left: Pa­tri­cia Ed­wards, Gem My­ers, and Karen Smith

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