Stephens in­tends to cast spell with Moon­light Magic

Jamaica Gleaner - - AVENUE E - Sade Gard­ner/Gleaner Writer

CROONER RICHIE Stephens is no stranger to or­ches­trat­ing events. Af­ter the re­lease of his 2004 hit sin­gle Take Me Away, he be­gan the an­nual con­cert se­ries bear­ing the same name, which proved a mas­sive suc­cess for the en­ter­tainer. Come Fe­bru­ary 14, 2019, Valen­tine’s Day, Stephens will host the in­au­gu­ral Moon­light Magic con­cert, which he says will repli­cate some tenets of the de­funct event.

“Peo­ple al­ways want me to do an­other stag­ing of Take Me Away be­cause they loved how we pre­sented it; we started on time, we used one band to back ev­ery­one so there weren’t any band changes, and peo­ple re­mem­ber us for giv­ing pro­fes­sional, en­ter­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tions,” Stephens told The Gleaner. Moon­light Magic will be no dif­fer­ent, so I’m ad­vis­ing peo­ple to bring their other half and come and en­joy an evening of en­ter­tain­ment with pro­fes­sional pre­sen­ta­tion.”

The show is a part­ner­ship among Stephens’ Pot of Gold Pro­duc­tions, B.I.G Inc, and Mon­goose Restau­rant and Lounge in Ocho Rios, St Ann, where it will be held. Show­time is 10 p.m., with Stephens backed by the Yard Rootz band. En­ter­tain­ment will also be pro­vided by DJ Krazy Kris.

SPE­CIAL EVENT

Moon­light Magic will be a spe­cial event for Stephens as he is not usu­ally in Ja­maica on Valen­tine’s Day. “This year, I de­cided that I wouldn’t travel over­seas. I’m al­ways over­seas do­ing Valen­tine’s shows. I de­cided I was go­ing to do a show here in­stead,” he said. “The last time I did a Valen­tine’s show in St Ann was four years ago, and it was out of this world. It sold out and had 80 per cent ladies. I per­formed for about two and a half hours, just there with the fans hav­ing a re­ally good time. I knew I wanted to go back to St Ann; now I have the chance to.”

Plans are al­ready afoot to ex­pand the event. “My good friend Big A came up with the name ‘Moon­light Magic’, and I said, ‘it sounds like some­thing we can make a se­ries’,” he said. “It won’t nec­es­sar­ily be an an­nual thing, but it’ll be an event that will move to dif­fer­ent parts of Ja­maica at dif­fer­ent times of the year, and over­seas as well. So, hope­fully, ev­ery­thing will go well, and we take it from there,” Stephens said.

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Richie Stephens

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