Great Expectations Delivered...
A Review by JT Snags


Utopia Pan Soul:  The Next Generation again demonstrated why they are one of the most promising and exciting music performing groups in New York.  Bolstered by playwright Michael Roberts and classical pannist Andréa Rose, Utopia Pan Soul continues to successfully move the art form of pan into new arenas with talent and vision.

On Sunday January 4, 2004 Utopia performed as part of the Sunday Concerts at Central series sponsored by the Folk Arts Program at Queens Council on The Arts.

The audience was treated to a special performance mixed with drama, theatre and comedy.  Moreover, Utopia demonstrated both the versatility of the steelpan instrument and their musicians as they skillfully navigated seamlessly through a set mixed with pop, jazz, calypso, and classical music to the delight of the mixed audience.

The show opened with a moving rendition of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World featuring Marlon Guerra on Tenor pan and pannist Andréa Rose.  The band then moved through a series of crowd pleasers which included Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody” - which displayed the group's ability to be equality adept at playing cool jazz to popular music.  Popular standards like The Theme from The Odd Couple” and “I'm Telling You Flat” featuring playwright Michael Rogers' spoken word accompaniment received rousing applause.

Rogers dropped his brand of science, history and currents news through his skillful maneuverings and merged his command of the spoken word.  Indeed, the audience left educated in facets of steelpan culture.  On hand were such notables as Dr. L. Grant author and promoter who found the performance to be both entertaining and motivating.

Utopia Pan Soul left the demanding New York crowd who been used to great performances begging for more.  Indeed, they are "The Next Generation"...



©2004   All rights reserved.

Let us hear your views   


Date: 01.05.04


Pan On The Net Radio


"A Perfect Pan Christmas"

From Vibrations In Steel 2

Get Vibe Xmas Music CDs!


 "Tonic for the Soul"  a treasure trove fill of musical works by New York power house Pantonic Steel Orchestra...



Pantonic Live

Band – Pantonic Steel Orchestra
Arranger –
Clive Bradley
Producer -
Basement Recordings Inc.


Gets a 9 out of 10...  Click For Review


Order Your Copy



Talk About Everything Pan

When Steel Talks Message Board

What pan do you play?

What is your name of your band?

Where are you from?

E-mail address?

What is your web site?