1 Month 2 big events: Aliv Hope Gala Ball & Aliv Pink Party
- Sep 20, 2017 - 11:48:02 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - One month, two huge events, On October
7th, you won't want to miss Bahamas International recording
artist Julien Believe at the Aliv Pink Party at the Canal House...
Then, on October 21st, it's the Aliv Hope Gala Ball under the patronage
of Prime Minister The Hon Dr. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis.
The event will be hosted by Karaoke King, Demetrius and features live
music by Grand Bahama's favorite multi-genre band, Uppercut 242...
Dinner & Free Marinaside Uppercut Concert series resumes September 30th
- Sep 16, 2017 - 2:39:00 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - on Saturday September 30th, 2017 the
Dinner and Free Concerts at The Marina series with UPPERCUT returns to
the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO. Celebrating
three years, the monthly Dinner and Free Concerts at the Marina under
the stars with Uppercut at the Dive In has been entertaining Bahamian
residents and visitors with authentic live music without the aid of
pre-recorded tracks or digital sequencers. Couple authentic LIVE music
of a FULL BAND of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and
cocktails at the Dive In, and you're in for one heck of an awesome family
friendly night out!
47th Annual BASRA Swim race & Beach Party w/ Uppercut 242
- Aug 19, 2017 - 9:34:16 AM
The 47th Annual Bernie Butler/BASRA Swim race is scheduled to take
place August 19 at Coral Beach from 9:00 a.m. the much anticipated
annual event is the largest Swim race and beach party of the year.
after the competition is the beach party from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m,
the U. S. Coast Guard returns with their dramatic demonstrations which
includes a chase and a rescue scene.
BASRA Chairman Eddie Whan
explained that this year they plan even more activities than before
including; Tug-O-War, egg toss and more. Wahn expressed his enthusiasm
to confirm the return of Grand Bahama's ever popular Uppercut 242...
Uppercut Rain or Shine Waterside Dinner & Free Concert
- Jun 23, 2017 - 3:53:54 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - RAIN or SHINE on Saturday June 24th, 2017 the UPPERCUT Band will be
be performing a free waterside concert. If it rains the band will
perform at Taino By The Sea Restaurant at the Taino Beach Resort, if it
shines Uppercut will perform at The Dive In at Unexso. Regardless of
which of these two awesome waterfront locations the band ends up at,
patrons will receive the same friendly courteous service, succulent
dinner selection and refreshing drinks. However, the Uppercut Band will
be even better as they introduce two new members; Syd Collie and Massawe
Dean. Two sisters that sing really well and an additional keyboard
player for the band in Syd.
The monthly Dinner and Free
Waterfront Concerts under the stars with Uppercut are all about
providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the same old
Jazz In Bloom and Father's Day this Sunday
- Jun 18, 2017 - 12:35:57 AM
Anuschka Wright's Jazz In Bloom Concert is fast becoming the
premiere event to look forward to each and every Father's Day. After a
big crab & rice feast, fathers and their families have added an
evening at the Hilton Hotel to experience Anuschka and her eclectic
Jazz In Bloom band as a welcomed part of their Father's Day traditions.
Jazz In Bloom, some folks said it was difficult to find something for
adult sons and daughters to share with their dads or for wives to treat
their husbands to.
Jazz In Bloom now stands to fill that void and
presents a classy and adult atmosphere with world class entertainment
in beautiful surroundings that has helped to establish it as a striking
Father's Day gift alternative...
Uppercut Band ascends with 2 more singers & keyboards
- Jun 3, 2017 - 7:59:01 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Uppercut journey
continues as the band moves up several notches with the addition of two
new members, Syd Collie and Massawe Dean. “Two sisters that sing really
well and an additional keyboard player for the band in Syd” says
David Mackey bandleader and former lead guitarist for Grammy nominated
T-Connection Band. He went on to say
that the band’s biggest weakness was the lack of a full complement of
backing vocals. “Initially we sought a single singer but when we invited
Syd and Massawe to rehearsal, the sound was so sweet that the consensus
was that we had to have them both.”
Acknowledging that it is difficult to get work for a large band, Mackey
says, “It’s all about the music. There are more than enough one-man
bands and Karaoke people out there. People crave real LIVE music...
Beres Hammond & DMAC to perform at Grand Bahama Homecoming
- Jun 2, 2017 - 2:30:21 PM
Day 1 Friday June 2nd:
Grand Bahama Homecoming Committee Presents
Performing Live Labour Day Holiday
Music By DJ FREEZE, TIKO-T, KING DANO, MONEY LIKE DIRT. Come and see The Bahamian Cultural Show, Platinum Knights Junkanoo Rushout. Gates Open at 3pm Admission: $2;
, Freeport ,Bahamas...
Day 2 Saturday June 3rd:
Beres Hammond performing Live with Harmony House Band
Also Featuring Jah Hem. Music By: KING DANO, TIKO-T, GANGALEE MOVMENTS, MR. MONO. Doors Open at 9pm; Tickets:$50 VIP| $100 Platinum|$200 Double Platinum;
GB Sports Complex
Day 3 Whit Monday June 5th:
Celebrity Beach Bash
Special Guest Rocnations Own Jim Jones
& Special Guest Celebrities from New York Miami & Atlanta; Music By: (Special Guest DJ) Alongside TIKO-T, KING DANO...Gates Open at 3pm| Admission: $10 in advance;
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL BOATERS
, Freeport, Bahamas...
Father’s Day: Jazz in Bloom returns on June 18th
- May 31, 2017 - 7:32:17 AM
Anuschka Wright’s Jazz in Bloom concert
is fast becoming the musical event to look forward to each and every
Father’s Day. So after a big crab & rice feast, fathers and their
families have added making their way downtown to the British Colonial
Hilton to experience Jazz vocalist Anuschka Wright and her exceptional
group of both local and international artists a welcomed part of their
Father's day traditions.
Before Jazz in Bloom, it was difficult
to find something for adult kids and wives to share with their dads and
husbands. Jazz in Bloom fills that void and presents a classy and adult
atmosphere with quality entertainment as a unique Father’s Day gift—a
great evening of love, laughter, and Jazz...
The State of Caribbean Film: The Bahamas
- May 30, 2017 - 11:33:33 PM
And that's a wrap for Cannes’ 70th! Walking away, this wasn’t the best Cannes Film Festival I've attended; at least not as it relates to
‘content’ in the competition. No. Cannes 70th was mostly about ‘form.’ I
think it wanted to send a message about the shifting world of cinema:
that, and the shifting word of the word “cinema.”
Cannes 2017 aimed to redefine cinema as it relates in infrastructure. We saw that with streaming giants like Netflix (
) and Amazon (
). We saw that with TV-as-cinema with work by Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” miniseries (
Top Of The Lake
got better reviews at the festival than traditional films).
An Interview with the Film Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago
- May 28, 2017 - 1:06:43 AM
70th annual Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de
Cannes) is underway in France, and The Bahamas' very own, Travolta
Cooper is again covering the prestigious event. On his quest to seek out
Caribbean film, here is his interview with Nneka Luke, Film
Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, and General Manager of FilmTT:
1. What brings you to Cannes?
A: As the General Manager of FilmTT and Film Commissioner of
Trinidad and Tobago, I am in Cannes with three objectives: to promote
Trinidad and Tobago as an attractive location for productions in the
Caribbean (an idea made even more attractive by our competitive
cash-back rebate), to find opportunities for T&T and, by extension,
Caribbean film producers, and to continue to broaden and deepen Trinidad
and Tobago’s critical network of international contacts and
Blurred Lines: What Exactly is “Cinema” in 2017?
- May 26, 2017 - 4:38:37 PM
If you haven’t been following our articles and posts, here’s a quick
recap: the world of the cinema is changing. It has changed. The future
is right now. This has been the predominant theme of the 70th Cannes
We have talked about streaming cinema (via
Netflix and Amazon Studios) here in the competition with films. But what
in the world is the American cable network “Showtime” doing here on the
pure and holy grounds of the Palais? Showtime is here at Cannes with
David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake”. This
‘cinema-as-TV’, as some call it, is not in competition, but rather is
being described as part of Cannes’ “anniversary event...”
Avvy’ to Launch Third Carnival in Inagua
- May 26, 2017 - 10:23:38 AM
Bahamian singing sensation “Avvy” plans to launch his third Carnival in
Inagua with the help of The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).
company serves as the event’s primary sponsor this year. The
entertainer credits BTC for making this event possible. He said, “BTC
has been able to help me take something that we’ve been doing and
broadcast it. This gives us the opportunity to reach more people from
and outside the island to come and be a part of this experience. BTC has
allowed us to market this event more effectively...
The State of Caribbean Film: Trinidad and Tobago
- May 25, 2017 - 2:42:37 PM
It is safe to say that Trinidad and Tobago is leading the charge for the
development of a lucrative film industry in the Caribbean Region.
Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island Republic, lead for mainly two
reasons: One? The best and most imaginative films have come from under
T&T over the last five years. Two? As a nation, they have done more
to unite the Region under one Caribbean Film banner. We have talked
about this idea of a “Cariwood” on our television show The Cinemas.
then became a bit catchphrase that Tempo Networks (a regional
television network televising our show) also adopted. Cariwood is this
idea of a Caribbean Film Industry. And though it mostly exists it in
theory at this point (as the Region still has a ways to go), if the race
to Cariwood is on, it is looking like Trinidad and Tobago will cross
the finish line to her first.
Breaking Barriers: Chrissy Love, Live & Raw!
- May 25, 2017 - 2:03:51 PM
On Election Day 2017 as we watched politicians of all affiliations wage
war on the political battlefield, nearly a million eyes were transfixed
by interactive text commentary, courtesy of the Social Media Queen,
Chrissy Love and her Facebook stage, ‘Chrissy Love Live & Raw!’ As
she held court and kept us transfixed with her mercurial acerbic wit,
observations and interpretations of Election Day happenings, and a
no-holds-barred point of view, she broke Social Media records for the
most watched, shared and viewed Facebook page in our history.
she moved her show onto Facebook last year Christina ‘Chrissy Love’
Thompson was already a household name with legions of faithful followers
built up over a 25-year career in radio. Her new Facebook outlet gave
her an unbridled freedom of voice and view so often curtailed by her
nervous radio show bosses in the past...
Netflix didn’t come to Play, They came to Slay
- May 21, 2017 - 11:05:15 AM
So “streaming cinema” (as I call it) has no doubt been the talk of the
Festival. It has been the subject of three (including this one) of our
daily reports. This is an important development in the cinema around the
world. It is particularly true of the Caribbean Region where streaming
services like “Studio Anansi” and “Caribbean Tales” lead as being a
provider for Caribbean Films and content. Content. When all is said and
done, cinema boils down to a great story and character. Content. Which
is why, even at day five at Cannes, I have personally been waiting for a
Is it streaming cinema or theatrical cinema? Who
cares? Where is that “Cannes movie” so many of us travelled thousands of
miles to see. This was definitely not the case with the opening night
The State of Caribbean Cinema: The Dominican Republic
- May 20, 2017 - 3:59:35 PM
How do I compare and describe the Cannes Film Festival to someone else
that has never been here? The best comparison I can give would be the
Olympics. This is the Olympics of the Cinema because Filmmakers
representing various nations around the world come here to contend (in
the competition segment) for the Palm d’Or. Nations from around the
world come here to compete in the Marche Du Cinema (which is the market
segment of Cannes).
This is my fourth time at Cannes Film
Festival and the Dominican Republic, as a nation, has been a constant
presence here. It is the only nation from the Caribbean Region with a
booth and full staff on the world famous Cannes Pavilion (Village
International). To walk the Pavilion is to see countries from all over
earth with their flags waving proudly in the air...
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Okja and The “New Hollywood”
- May 19, 2017 - 3:44:47 PM
(pronounced Oke Cha) is
one of two Netflix films competing for the Palm d’Or prize at the 70th
Cannes Film Festival (the other film is The Meyerowitz Stories). With its big, clunky, and clumsy debut this morning,
has something boisterous to say about the future of the movie business
around the world. Yes, that means Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and
every other kind of Wood. That might even mean Cariwood (which is a term
coined for the Caribbean Film Industry).
As expected on this
third day of the festival, when the Netflix Logo appeared on the screen
at the world famous Lumiere (named after the Lumiere Brothers - the
inventors of the cinema no less) Theater this morning, there was a
collective jeering “boooo.”
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: What is Amazon Studios doing here?
- May 18, 2017 - 5:53:35 PM
It is day two at Cannes, the mother of film festivals, and the debate
amongst cinema lovers continues on the presence of streaming giants like
Amazon Studios at the festival. Which side you find yourself on the
debate could determine, to some Cinephiles, whether you should keep your
true cinema card or not. Cinema purist in press conferences and
screenings are acting like the festival has been infected with a virus.
They feel like something foreign and toxic is threatening to destroy at
core the true essence of the cinema (there was a collective “booo” when
the logo for Amazon Studios appeared on the screen at this morning’s
But, is it really that serious? Hasn’t cinema always
evolved technologically? Hearing the debates remind me of what cinema
audiences might have experienced when silent film became sound film. Or
when black white film became color...
Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Why is Netflix here?
- May 17, 2017 - 8:52:16 PM
While Hollywood is the biggest promoter of movies around the world, it
was the French that invented the cinema. Perhaps this is why they
directly and indirectly act as its priests and guardians. The four
corners of the world flock to Cannes each year for the glamour and
market of it all, but I believe it is the reverence for the cinema that
is the true heart and allure of Cannes to the nations.
So with all that
said what in the world is streaming giant ‘Netflix’ doing at the 70th
Jazz in Bloom with Anuschka Wright set for Father's Day
- May 12, 2017 - 2:56:15 PM
Having just released her first studio album, the EP “Jazz
for Sale”, in Montreal, Canada, Anuschka Wright now has her focus on
producing another amazing show at her highly anticipated annual concert
event, “Jazz In Bloom”, scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18th at the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel on June 18th starting at 7pm sharp.
graduating from Concordia University last June, Anuschka has embraced
several great performance opportunities both here in The Bahamas and in
Montreal. Her most recent event was as a featured performer at this
year’s Eleuthera: All That Jazz Festival in Governor’s Harbour,