Hey guys, summer is coming to a close, so let’s make the best of it. The events are still up and running, here is a short list of things happening this week. Comment below if you’re interested in checking out one of these events!
Friday July 4th 2014
July 4th was the L’Acadco Drum Xplosion Show and July 5th was the book launch of Soul Casing by Dr. L’Antoinette Stines & L’Acadco Dance show.
The rehearsals restarted a week before the shows after a long pause: after quite a few L’Acadco members were on tour in Japan and returned just in time. The first rehearsal was Saturday following their arrival; 11 am bright and early people started showing up at Studio. By 11:30 everyone had arrived, greeted the members that we’d missed then jumped feet first into the rehearsal for the dance show. 2 hours of sweat, laughter and tired bodies later the dancers got a break.
Soon it was time for the drummers to take our leave, to rehearse for our own show. Everyone tried to pile into Obi’s pickup truck in an extraordinary fashion: drums, bodies, bicycles, sticks, shakers, bells and all. Alas it was impossible, so Drummy & Jeffery removed their bicycles (yes! 2 bicycles) from the back and rode to the venue instead. The trunk of the van had the Djun Djuns, Chippy’s drum, the bass drum, Reuel’s drum, Hakeem, Meikle, Reuel, Green and Cespo who had the percussion instruments in his bag. I sat in the middle of the van with Chippy to my left and Shane on my right, holding his drum across both of our laps. Obi was in the driver’s seat and Jody luckily got the passenger’s seat; she held Obi’s drum between her legs. When everyone was settled and comfortable (as much as was possible) we were off to the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre!
Our first order of business was to discuss the show. Stress was riding high in the air as this was the first full drumming show in Jamaica. The weight was on our shoulders, especially Chippy & Shane’s as the main planners. After discussing the running order of the show we started to rehearse, going through every piece as if it were the night of the show. We rehearsed for a couple of hours until it was time to wrap up rehearsal and get some food. Rehearsals went well but we were nowhere near ready for the show.
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The next rehearsal was the following day, a technical rehearsal, at 11 at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for Creative Arts (where the shows were held.)