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New York Steelpan Enthusiasts Turn Out Big Time for Sonatas Launch

The road to New York Panorama 2008 is officially open
 

New York - One thing that is certain - current New York Panorama champion Sonatas Steel Orchestra knows how to organize a successful steelband launch.  Neither rain, thunder or lightning can stop folks coming to a Sonatas launch.

In spite of the less than ideal weather earlier on in the day, folks packed into the St. Matthew’s gymnasium in Crown Heights to listen to the  lineup of New York steel orchestra heavyweights that were scheduled to perform at this affair.  Indeed, by comparison the lineup could make many panorama events blush.  In addition to Sonatas, Sesame Flyers, CASYM, ADLIB, D’Radoes and Pan Ambassadors, also slated to take the stage were Harmony, Steel Sensation and Steel in Love Pan Groove. Guests Yohan Popwell and Ken “Professor” Philmore (both arrangers on the New York pan scene) along with calypsonians Count Robin, Tunapuna Scanty and KD were all scheduled to entertain as well.

Normally the bands would have congregated to perform in allocated spots outside the gym in the parking lot area, with food service only inside.  But with the inclement weather that originally set the tone for the day, plans changed, but the fine steelpan music display did not.  There was no shortage of steelpan music lovers as a steady stream made their way through the door throughout the evening.  In keeping with the season, people also had the opportunity to view costumes both for Labor Day, and Sonatas’ J’Ouvert band offering from tables set up for the occasion.

There was absolutely no shortage of talent on this night.  One could feel the excitement in the air as many fans who had not as yet been out for New York’s 2008 pan season made themselves present to check the bands.  The big winners on this night were fans and the youth who enjoyed themselves immensely as the bands played an array of hits that thrilled the crowd.

Sonatas Steel Orchestra got the show started with a short set and then turned the reins over to Sesame Flyers Steel Orchestra who were followed by CASYM.  Ken “Professor” Philmore then gave the audience a taste of why he is one steelpan music’s most engaging and passionate performers.  Long Island’s ADLIB Steel Orchestra turned things up several notches with a series of popular dancehall/reggae selections that sent the youngsters in front the band into a musical frenzy, while including classic party hits like Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and Lord Kitchener’s  “Sugar Bum Bum” for the more mature attendees.

By the time When Steel Talks left the event there were still a host of groups waiting to deliver their musical salvos.  We are sure they also presented credible performances as the competitive juices between the bands were flowing.  It was great to see so many people from the New York steelpan music fraternity present.

Appearing understandably a bit spent, Sonatas’ manager Mack Scott (pictured) still looked happy as he surveyed the fabulous turnout to what was once again, another excellent Sonatas Steel Orchestra band launch, produced with the support of band members.  With this event - another great steelband launch - the road to New York panorama 2008 is officially open.

 

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