When spring hits NYC the vibe of the city changes. What a better way to kick off the spring dance vibes than DJ Norie’s annual Anything Goes Live at B.B. Kings. If you have been to any live stageshow, you know it starts late, a just so it go…
The dance floor started getting full with dancing around 12:30am when the West Indian massive started picking up the pace to some Soca and Calypso. While DJ Norie took control of the night and 2:00am - 3:00am was dedicated to showcasing some young artists, the stage show was a bit lacking and had it’s share of dull moments. But had two hyped moments with a Dancehall tune "High Man" made the place sing along and forward a rewind they did not get. And the Dancehall Queen style female artist that brought men onstage to wine for.
Tanya Stephens touched the stage at 2:55am and blessed the crowd with 30 minutes of her biggest tunes and made the ladies all happy talking about what the women want. It’s a Pity got a huge pull-up and Tanya left off stage with the place warming up for the night to get hot. Rupee came out right away at 3:25am, like a time ticking show now. Everyone seemed to be coupled up and wining while Rupee’s melodies and Soca vibes took over and Tempted To Touch made the place go (and girls) go nuts! The sing-jay kept everyone jumping with You Make Me Wanna Jump.
By Anil Batra
DJ Norie’s 6th Anniversary installment of Anything Goes this past Thursday, March 24 proved to be another successful event. The club was packed to the maximum capacity, with patrons making the most of it since the following day many observed the Good Friday pre- Easter holiday.
The one artist that really caught everyone’s attention was the Afropop sensation Ayo Jay making his US debut. The Nigerian native which last summer collaborated with hip hop artist Fetty Wap on the single “Your Number,” also ”Don’t Say That,” and “Jay Baba” proved to be crowd pleasers. Ayo Jay in tow with an all-male trio dance troupe brought excitement. His well celebrated performance led to a curtain call by the faithful in attendance.
The never comparable Shaggy was the real show stopper as he performed close to an hour his performance included such hits from his catalog including “It Wasn’t Me.”
Another new artist on the scene sent the crowd into a frenzy, Vershon gave it his all on his bellowing out of “Inna Real Life” decked out in a black baseball cap and matching leather jacket. It is clear to say this young talent definitely has stage presence.
Christopher Martin came on and gave the audience just what they wanted, as “I’m a Big Deal” and ”Let Her Go” made the females in attendance cry out with passion.
Barrington Levy gave a glimpse back at the past, as he performed “Murderer” and “Shine Eye Girl”. With his chants of “stiddly-diddly-diddly-whoah”, came a resonating of drum and bass. Levy who first debuted in 1979 took all of us back down memory lane as he was the closer of this momentous occasion. It was in fair essence to say the patrons on hand surely got their money worth.
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