Ok, I will try to ask this question a different way. Are there very many,quality bands on St Croix ? When I say quality,I mean someone who really cares about their sound while they are playing. There are a million bands that may play good music but poor quality live sound will drag them down every time. Who is on St Croix .
I prefer music that focuses around Vocals and Guitars. Bring back the days of the Power Trio.
You might have to make the rounds when you are here...LOL...
What the heck,it is a working vacation anyway.
Beach Fyah 7 yesterday at Cane Bay! Reggae at its finest! Ill go see Black Star Band anywhere! For those that never heard them...these guys cover for most of the main reggae artists on island and in the territory, along with Red-I band. The bonfire was lit after an hour of music...it was 10 feet tall and 2 guys armed only with a deep drum and bongo sat next to the fire and gave a quite a performance! Then the music went on till about midnite or so.. Even Mada Nile came up and gave a performance in a duet with Melame Gangee and Black Star backing them up with the smoothest reggae sounds! Was a real expierence to say the least.
Now to the eye-opening part....It was a speech in the middle of the concert, music stops... with a Rastafari elderly guy sharing some views that made me question his sanity.. He spoke of somethign to the effect of "and people that dont look like us. not born or from here having more than us, such as better jobs and businesses....aka the rulers of the economy...blah blah blah" I thought to myself, well i certaintly dont look like him and i wasnt born here. Am i here taking their job away? For a brief moment i felt like i didnt belong and wasnt wanted there. I enjoyed the rest of the show with a few of my "local" friends and for the time being...pretend like i didnt hear that bs.
Oh well, it was still a great day cause i got to hear the best reggae around AND i got speak with a bunch of people about the benefits of solar power 🙂
Glad you had a good time. That is what music is for.
I don't think I would hire these guys based on your report of them paying tribute to local politics. Music is for all to share,it can be anger,it can be just a foot stomping good time and it can send a great message if the message wants to be heard.
I am not resistive to anything but I also wont pay a band to tell me how much they really don't want me on the island. Any good Blues jams going on ? If not I may have to start one. I can furnish some Amps and guitars to a professional musician,no drunks who want to spill booze all over the Marshall or Budda. They are way to expensive.
Does anyone on island do tube amp repair ?
chockman: I read several of your posts about music, Full Moon Bar, tube amps, etc.
I am one of the original founders of Outlaws in Paradise. The drummer, Kent, and his family, left last year and moved to Houston.
We are still together as a 3-some, and sometimes a 4-some, when our banjo player can come down from Virginia.
The Full Moon Bar is now Eat@CaneBay and is mostly a funk-reggae-roots music restaurant. I did see where Matt Vrba, a Nashville Country-Rocker is playing there. We'll see what transpires. I wasn't aware that Karen was back there. If so, hiring her is the best thing they could do.
There are a couple of guys on St. Croix that can fix tube amps. I have repaired my Peavey Delta Blues numerous times. I also have a Dr. Z tube amp, that thankfully, hasn't needed anything more than tubes for a couple of years. My bass player is an E.E. and can almost always fix anything electronic. "Moose" Silver also can fix tube amps.
There is a Blues Jam every Sunday at Coconuts on the Beach in Frederiksted, 4:30 to 8:30. Pretty good players and music.
For a small island, there's a lot of live music. Do you have a bar/restaurant here? I hope so. If not, get one. Preferably a Mexican Food Cantina! All the Texans and "bubbas" miss it.
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