Mishka comes home to bless Snorkel Park
Snorkel Park was the host of a very interesting evening of live entertainment on Friday night. Organised around a brief stopover from his US tour by Bermudian reggae star Mishka Frith, the somewhat impromptu concert was quite a breath of fresh air.
A modest crowd, that swelled to around 350 at its peak, was treated to hours of live local entertainment under the stars; a perfect setting for the smooth, summery vibes that were on offer throughout.
I got to Dockyard around 8.30pm to find fledgling rock stars on stage. Micky and Tommy, aka Heroin Chic, were pretty awesome; especially considering that they were delivering only their third live performance.
Their sound was alternative rock with an emo edge, and Micky’s vocals were pitch-perfect for emo rock.
Heroin Chic, in fact, boasted a look and sound that is sure to get them noticed on the local live music circuit.
They may do even better if they take their act abroad; they definitely have enough talent and style to at least take a shot! Watch this space.
The next band to take the stage was called Sonic Sanctuary. This was a purely instrumental outfit that basically filled the sky with sound and allowed you to make up your own words.
Instead of a lead vocalist, Sonic Sanctuary featured a fire twirler/breather; the kind of dude you’d find in Covent Garden spitting fire for coins.
Busking-like feel aside, the fire breather was quite cool, and the band totally delivered a powerful sonic blast!
Veteran performer Tiny T got the crowd hyped up for a spell with her usual high energy display. She was very well received and would later act as a dancer for Mishka’s set.
After a somewhat lengthy band change, Mishka took the stage.
He was very well received, and delivered a polished set that emphasised his status as an internationally renowned music star.
His performance was charming and positive throughout, bringing to mind the musical style of Big Mountain, Bob Marley, and Ben Harper.
Most of his pieces were accompanied by an always earthy acoustic guitar, lending to the intimate feel of the event, and setting the vibe to extra-extra-irie (size XXI).
Mishka’s famous sister Heather Nova was also in attendance on Friday night.
Heather sung back-up for her brother in a heartwarming show of familial support. Such was the quality of this very special local performance.
Mishka delivered hit after hit from his two recent albums; ‘Above the Bones’ (2009), and ‘Talk About’ (2011).
Pieces like ‘Talk About’ and the pensive ‘Guy with a Guitar’ utterly delighted the crowd, while ‘One True’, ‘Homegrown’, and the nostalgic ‘Long Road’ created a wonderfully mellow mood.
By the time Mishka’s superb set was done, the crowd was more than satisfied; but the night was not over! The marvellous Conscious Bermuda band was still to come.
This band has exploded on the scene recently, and has quickly become a staple of live concerts in Bermuda.
They play roots reggae music, and they do what they do very well. Their set on Friday night was very generous, as they basically played music for the remaining patrons to dance to into the wee hours.
Lead vocalists Bigga Dread and Chris (Flooky) Flook enjoyed massive support and acclaim from the crowd, and the band filled the night sky with glorious reggae music for something like two hours!
This concert was conceived by organiser Truneh Flood not too long ago, and was pulled off quite hastily.
All things considered, this was a fantastic event, with perhaps the only complaint being that Fires of Africa never made it to the stage. Well, maybe next time.