‘Pakage’ Rocks at Hospitality Awards
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.
HIT AFTER HIT
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