The Kamloops Caribbean Cultural Society held the first-ever Caribbean Festival at Riverside Park. The family friendly event had games, contests, food trucks, a beer garden, complete with Red Stripe beer and entertainment. Plenty of volunteers helped the Caribbean Festival run smoothly.
The musical acts were solo artists Gold Mynd and Caleb Hart. The bands were the Damasco Soul System and Mostly Marley. Gold Mynd performed his song No Title No Label.
The message being that we shouldn’t be so judgemental towards others.
Caleb Hart, performing solo, this time, has performed at Music in the Park and the Blue Grotto, a number of times. He has an innate ability to observe his surroundings and improvise a lyrical stream of consciousness, which describes those surroundings and he also played tunes from his personal catalogue. Caleb Heart & The Royal Youths will be returning to Kamloops on November 8, 2019 at The Blue Grotto
Another Vancouver band, Damasco Soul System provided a steady reggae beat that got the dancing going. This talented five piece band also showed great stage presence.
The headliners, Mostly Marley, are well known to Kamloops. They usually perform a few times a year at the Blue Grotto. They did not disappoint and took the crowd home with songs such as “Israelites,” and “Here Comes the Hotstepper.”
A well attended after-party was held at Tumbleweed Lounge in the Plaza Hotel.
The festival was well attended and the entertainment was great. Hopefully this festival will continue in the future.