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Admission is single---$60, and couples---
$100. Patrons are invited to "bring yuh coolers."
The concerts showcased bands from the
Northern Region at different times of the year
which attracted scores of patrons to the sweet
sounds of pan music. This the fourth edition
of the series.
Rolling on a pan note, the SteelPan Tuners
Guild of T&T is inviting all tuner members
to attend a Round Table Seminar tomorrow,
Saturday, at the Curepe Scherzando Pan The-
atre, 1 Evans Street, Curepe, from 1 pm to 3
pm. The discussion is themed Blending A
Items open for discussion are Functional
Role of Individual Instruments, Instrument
Groupings Within the Steel Orchestra, Blending
A Steel Orchestra---Different Approaches and
Other Related Issues. The latter item will look
at techniques and experiences, working with
another tuner s instruments, and blending
instruments working well together musically.
Facilitators for the seminar are Lenny Lera
and Denzil "Dimes" Fernandes. The SteelPan
Tuners Guild of T&T is headed by Fitzroy
Henry with Anthony Duncan as interim sec-
New Venture outta de Blue
Blue Ventures is being resurrected by founder
Bobby Quan. The band made its return appear-
ance last Sunday, performing at 70th birthday
celebrations for Brig General Carl Alfonso at
The Harvard Club, St James. A large turnout
danced and sang along as Ventures performed
a mix of yesterday s hits with more recent
ones well into the night.
Blue Ventures was formed in 1967 and was
fronted for five decades by the likes of Adrian
Philbert, Natalie Yorke, Nigel Lewis, Kurt Allen,
Blaxx, Oscar B, Ronnie Mc Intosh and Sanelle
Quan explained this week: "Due to the
changes within the music industry in recent
times and the demand by clients to seek the
services of a more affordable music package
when having functions in this present time
of economic downturn, the management of
Blue Ventures saw it necessary to adjust its
musical package and fees to satisfy client
requirements accordingly. We intend getting
back into the clientele Blue Ventures enjoyed
during the 1970s and 1980s, the people who
enjoyed more than just band music."
Blue Ventures has reduced the size of the
band, replacing some musicians with tech-
nology (known as programmed/sequenced
music) and rebranded the band as Ventures.
The new Ventures aggregation includes
Dominic Johnson (drums); Curtis Glasgow
(bass); Sydney Wellington and Omari Ashby
(vocals and programming); and Althea Oliver
(vocals). Dr Anup Inalsingh (progamming) and
Charlie Nichols (engineering) complete the
band s personnel.
Ventures certainly has pedigree and carries
an unbeatable track record within the music
industry of T&T and internationally. Quan is
known as one of the most successful band
leaders from 1969 to present, and is respected
by all for his commitment to clients and the
music industry throughout the years.
Sunshine awards for icons
After two years of planning, Calypso and
Steelband Music Awards Inc was formed in
1986 by Gilman T Figaro Snr, a native of
Trinidad, and Dr Erold Hinds, a native of Bar-
bados and former scientist at AT&T Bell Lab-
This year a special awards function is being
held on December 3 at Theatre 1, UTT Cam-
pus, Napa, Port-of-Spain. The ceremony will
recognise excellence in the performing arts,
education, science and sports.
Recipients of the awards include Dr Roy
Cape, Mighty Shadow, Fitzroy Coleman, Cecil
Ward, Nutones Steel Orchestra, Witco Des-
peradoes Steel Orchestra, Lancelot Layne,
William "Bill" Trotman and Baga Rezende.
The first Sunshine Awards ceremony was
held on June 24, 1989, at the Brooklyn Acad-
emy of Music in Brooklyn, New York. In 1994
the National Academy for the Recording Arts
and Sciences (Naras), the organisation respon-
sible for the annual Grammy Awards, endorsed
the Sunshine Awards Program. The United
Nations gave its endorsement in 1998.
Auditions for calypso
Like panyards, calypso tents are already
beehives of activity for Carnival 2015 with a
couple tents already completing auditions.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Tuco (North Zone) holds
2015 auditions for Klassic Ruso Tent at De Nu
Pub (The Mas Camp), Woodbrook at 10 am.
On Sunday, it will be the turn of Kaiso House
to host its audition, at the same time and
venue. De Nu Pub is also the venue on Decem-
ber 14 when Kalypso Revue holds its auditions,
managed by Sugar Aloes (Michael Osouna)
and Skatie (Carlos James).
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Blue Ventures resurrected by founder Quan
Soca diva Denise Belfon performs her Carnival 2015 hit Night Nurse during the launch of
International Soca Monarch 2015 on Brian Lara Promenade, Por-of-Spain yesterday.
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