Phila Ram Jam Stage Show
Venue: Wall Street Intl., Philadelphia, PA
Date: July 06, 2008
Photos By: Caribbean Vibes Magazine
Even though it threatened to rain for the whole day the clouds held and the show went on. So on the evening of Sunday, July 6th, 2008 the much-anticipated Phila Ram Jam materialized as planned.
The two level spacious venue saw the crowds trickling in when show time kicked off at around 9pm and MC Gadiethz ushered on the best of the local talents. This segment saw creditable performances from Jahway, Pelle, Ras Prof, Blaka Demus, Nekia, Flippa Mafia and hometown favorite El Feco. One noticeable absence was of the rising artist Princess Thunda due to an illness.
Star time began with a change in format as tracks gave way to the entrance of backing band for the evening headed by flamboyant veteran bass player Derrick Barnett and his Statement Band. First of the stars was Glen Washington nattily dressed in red and black, he worked hard to warm up the tough Philadelphia audience. The second MC Billy Banton subsequently brought on Terry Ganzie who called up actor/dj Louie Rankin. The crowds first sign of excitement came with a steaming set from Louie Culture who reeled off hit after hit but was short due to time constraints. General B and Ghost of the Monster Hemp Higher reverted to tracks for their set and could not live up to the hype left by the Gangalee.
The curtains came down with L.U.S.T, the four man unit of Lukie D, Tony Curtis, Singing Melody and Thriller U who fit the part of a neatly, dressed British boy band. In a rushed, condensed set, they wooed the half packed Wall Street amphitheatre with a opening prayer then took turns serving up hits from their solo careers to a delighted audience. Their vocal dexterity was also on display while performing the groups big hit “Run Free” and they closed with the current number one song in Jamaica the Air Supply cover “Just As I Am”.
Juggling was provided by Vybz Xpress with Skilly B and Pretty and a guest selector, Zan Kartel. Promoters were Outlaw Wonder, XXX5000 and Senaka Café.
Roger Grant __ July 6, 2008