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Veterans in action

Every year on November 11, the world takes time to reflect on the sacrifices made by military veterans in the eternal fight to preserve freedom, respect, and the right to pursue happiness.

This year's Armistice Day will be special in many ways. Not only will it be marked by a once-a-century dateline of 11-11-11, but, here in Bermuda, it will be rung in with the 2011 edition of the fabulous 'Veterans In Action' concert series; which will go down at the BAA gymnasium on Thursday


'Veterans In Action' is a celebration of legendary Reggae artists from around the world, and features performers who pushed the music of Jamaica to all corners of the globe during the trailblazing 1980s. Back in 2005, the first 'Veterans In Action' show brought Dancehall giants Admiral Bailey, Admiral Tibet, Yellowman, and the late Sugar Minnott to the Number 1 Shed, on Front Street, for a decidedly Irie affair.

The original show was a smash, but industry conditions rendered the series dormant for a number of years; until now! The same promotions team that delivered that magical dance on the dock in 2005 is back to bring us the iconic Tony Screw of Downbeat the Ruler sound system, Shinehead (the original 'Jamaican In New York'), Screechy Dan, and Sami Levi.

Adding to the nostalgic feel will be the fact that this second installment of 'Veterans In Action' will be held at the BAA gymnasium on Woodlands Road. For those who can remember, the BAA gymnasium was a magnificent concert hall back in the 80s! I personally hold fond memories of 'bubbling' many a late 80s night away to the sounds of Maxi Priest, Tiger, Super Cat, and Major Mackerel in that very space.

With an international line-up as strong as this, and a dancehall-flashback-inducing venue, 'Veterans In Action' promises to be both memory evoking, and memory creating all at once. Add to that legendary local acts like Junior C, Matic Rizzla, and Corvan Melody, and what you have is a Reggae lover's dream.

Tickets to 'Veterans In Action' are available at Kit-n-Kaboodle, Jamaican Grill, Jazzy Boutique, Portrait Afrique, Dub City, International Lines and Design, and Lidz. There are a limited amount of $35 tickets left; once they are gone, tickets will cost $45, and the gate price will be higher, so get your tickets!

The Gates at B.A.A. will open at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday night, and security will be tight. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. The promoters have stated that they will try to capture a foundation/nostalgic feel at this event; no doubt the vibes will be vintage!

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Published November 07, 2011 at 6:00 am (Updated November 06, 2011 at 12:27 pm)

Veterans in action

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