The Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Ft. On Friday, September 2nd, Lauderdale, Florida, will see reggae music lovers and enthusiasts flock to this multipurpose entertainment complex to witness a memorable show by the one and only Beres Hammond. It was the perfect place. It’s conveniently located in the Riverwalk & Entertainment Arts District of Downtown Fort. The Broward Center in Lauderdale is classy inside and out.
There was valet parking outside and a long line of luxury cars. With a high-end bar onsite, Velez fans could enjoy a cocktail or two and small plates before the show while listening to the sounds of her DJ playing live. I was on the scene juggling a mixed bag of classics of reggae and dancehall tunes.
The evening was MCed by Tanto Irie, DJ host of Reggae Runnins at HOT 105 FM in South Florida. Other notables in attendance at the show were Oliver Mare, Consul General of Jamaica in the American South. Eddie Edwards, CEO of Jamaica Jerk Festival USA and promoter of the annual Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival in South Florida. And Everton Blender, a veteran reggae singer who produced big hits.ghetto people song, head upWhen Blended Demto name a few.
Velez must have quickly satisfied his fans’ thirst by uncorking his many jewels.
Beres Hammond started the show with his classic ear-to-ear smile and playful demeanor. Beres Hammond is one of the most beloved reggae musicians not only in his native Jamaica but around the world. Without a doubt, his treasure trove of hits is deep and unparalleled. Especially when it comes to “Lovers Rock” reggae. Frankly, it is indisputable that Velez is nothing less than a living legend about Jamaican culture and the coveted reggae music genre. As it happened, after Mr. Hammond launched his much-storied career in the early 1970s, to date he has quickly set to work by churning out some of his most popular hits for over 40 years. . His selection for the night included:: she loves me now, What you can do with one dance, Good feeling, come back home, can i play more, resist, A little more time, and double trouble――Just to name a few.
“Special Delivery”: Consul General Oliver Mare presents Mr. Beres Hammond with Lifetime Achievement Award
Photo by Nick Ford, who lives and works in South Florida.