The highs of Welcome to Marzville far outweighed the lows at the inaugural event.
For a small price, the patrons at Daquiri Beach were treated to performances by over 20 entertainers; some of who were backed by the Super Lynks Band last Saturday night.
The event came off in association with Crop Over City and Soca Washoff and began at 9 p.m.
With that early start time, DJs tried to build a vibe but it was difficult, as some patrons appeared to be content standing in one spot.
Some of the early performers including D2, Rhea, Bajan Omar, Faith, Lady Essence and Jah Reddis tried to do the same. However it was only after DJs Indian and Chris Gayle and later Jon Doe and Tami, played a mixture of local and regional soca that the pace started to pick up.
By the time headliner Marzville took to the stage at 2:30 a.m. with former Junior Monarch Adela Payne, the crowd was ready.
Payne was on point, vocally, and she kept up with Marzville as he sang My Boo, Give It To Ya, Gas It Up, Roughness, Sweetness and Bang Bim.
During his set he introduced acts such as Gorg, Joaquin, Jus D, Mole, Shaquille, Shanta Prince, Nikita, Edwin Yearwood and Lil Rick.
However, during the transitions among the artistes, there were some technical challenges as the DJs and band alternate.
Next year, the organisers may have to look closer at the feasibility of most, if not all, of the artistes being backed by the same band.
The promoters must be applauded for pulling off a successful event at short notice. And not withstanding some of the lag, which emcee Jamarr the Star tried to fill with his commentary, those who stayed looked as though they eventually had a good time. (TG)