Rain cuts Roots’ show short

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Mel Cooke Gleaner Writer

LEVI ROOTS may take com­fort in get­ting to do twice as many songs on Fri­day night at Red­bones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, as he did the pre­vi­ous week.

How­ever, since the first time around Mu­sic and Food was staged on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20, he got to do a sin­gle song be­fore the down­pour forced a halt to the pro­ceed­ings; it meant that this time around he did two.

Roots, with the Singers and Play­ers Band on the stand, made a valiant at­tempt at it, hav­ing been de­spite the driz­zle. It was close quar­ters on the stage, as the per­form­ers were clus­tered un­der a white tent, the speak­ers at the front of the stage cov­ered with blue plas­tic for pro­tec­tion. Wa­ter dripped from the frames of metal chairs at the front of the au­di­ence area, as those who at­tended took refuge from the rain.

By the sec­ond song, it was clear that not only was the rain not go­ing let up, but it was get­ting heav­ier.

The mu­sic aban­doned Roots, clutch­ing a dou­ble hand­ful of books re­lated to the food side of the evening, was in good spir­its as he laid them in a ta­ble in between the bar and din­ing ar­eas. The spir­its of the man famed for Reg­gae Sauce, were not damp­ened, as his cus­tom­ar­ily pleas­ant ex­pres­sion in­ten­si­fied into a grin when The Gleaner asked if he was go­ing to try a third Fri­day in a row.

“No,” Roots said. But that does not mean he is aban­don­ing Mu­sic and Food, as Levi Roots said he will be do­ing it in the guar­an­teed dry months of the year.

All had been in place for a good night of mu­sic, with Della Man­ley and Keisha Pat­ter­son slated to per­form along with Levi Roots. And there was sup­port from the mu­sic in­dus­try, deejay Bee­nie Man one of the many per­sons shar­ing a hand­shake with Levi af­ter the con­cert was aban­doned.

He told The Gleaner that his re­lease ear­lier this year, Levi Roots Presents Reg­gae Reg­gae Hits, is do­ing well. There are 20 songs on each CD, with Levi Roots’ take on Don’t Worry, Be Happy, the last song on the set.


Levi Roots

Della Man­ley

Keisha Pat­ter­son

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