(VIDEO) Naturally 7's Journey to Grand Bahama Island May 2010
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jul 18, 2010 - 2:25:10 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Saturday May 1st, 2010 Naturally 7 treated Grand Bahamians to an exhilarating jaw dropping concert that could easily be described as truly an experience of a lifetime. From beginning to end, there was never a dull moment as Naturally 7 went from song to amazing song during their two hours plus performance; boldly taking the human voice to where no one thought it could go. Indeed, Naturally 7 Live was a family event. Attendees all agreed they received more than their money's worth.
The video takes you on a journey from Naturally 7's red carpet arrival at Grand Bahama International Airport to their stop at COOL96 Grand Bahama radio station to a short live in-concert segment.
Naturally 7’s multi-talented band members Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st Baritone, Rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Jamal Reed (4th Tenor, electric guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harmonica) and “Hops” Hutton (Bass) took their audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. They were taken from funk to gospel, Motown to Abbey Road and back with snippets of Hip Hop along the way.
In addition to their hit singles ‘Wall of Sound’ and "In The Air Tonight", Naturally 7 performed tunes made popular by The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson and more to an audience that relished every moment. At the end of the show, Naturally 7 responded to relentless audience pleas for an encore performance with two additional songs.
Upon arrival in the auditorium concertgoers were greeted by the tropical sounds of the Bishop Michael Eldon School Senior Steel Pan Band. The evening was off to a rousing start by a Cappella renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and March on Bahamialand by the talented Starlighters trio.
The humorous antics of MC, David Wallace, assured that there was never a dull moment before the show or during intermission. At intermission, David challenged audience members to come on stage and attempt to do Vocal-Play, which is the copyrighted term that Naturally 7 created to define the way they perform their music using solely their voices without any instruments. Three brave young persons came on stage during intermission and entertained the crowd. The big intermission surprise was when Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society founder, Dalia Feldman was coaxed to go on stage; she performed a portion of the Broadway show tune, “Popular” to thunderous applause.
Naturally 7 expressed their gratitude for the warm hospitality they received, from their red carpet arrival to the Junkanoo Rush Out they participated in at the end of their Sunday May 2nd workshop at Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium. Naturally 7 members remarked; “It didn't feel like work, it felt like we came to party with our family and friends. We had a "Grand Bahama" good time.”
Following the concert The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society hosted a gala VIP reception at Agave Latin Fusion Restaurant and Bar in Port Lucaya where persons had the chance to meet and mingle with Naturally 7 one on one.
Dalia Feldman, founder of The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, gave special thanks to the major sponsors of this event; The Harnisch Family Philanthropies, Thayer's Natural Remedies, Pelican Bay at Lucaya, American Airlines, Argus Advisors, The Bahamas Weekly, Mackey Media ltd, GBI Tourism TV, Maecal Electronics, Bishop Michael Eldon School, La Femme Events, and H. Forbes Charters.
Special thanks goes out to on-camera talent,
Aryana Roberts for her work on the video.
The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society was created to bring professional artists and performers from around the world to audiences in Grand Bahama. Drawing from Bahamian and international talent, a number of performances are planned throughout the year. Proceeds are used for the advancement of Grand Bahama students of the performing arts. The Grand Bahama Performing Society can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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