Coco Lounge in collaboration with Chantwell Music debuted the first in their series of open-mic nights this last Tuesday.
At 8 p.m., the acts took the stage to a scanty crowd but there are high hopes for the series as the singing, dancing and jam sessions demonstrated that the talent deserved a far larger audience.
The series was founded by the group Chantwell Music as a way to give young Trinidadian artistes an outlet to showcase their talents.
This labour of love kicked off with a three song set by a rock band called Single Recruit. Crystal Katerson jazzed up the evening performing original music with sexy song titles like “Gallows” and “Hotter than Venus.” The singer infused one of her songs with a sample of soulful spoken word.
Latin Dancing duo, Michael Fortune and Blair Cameron, spiced up the floor in a twirling blaze and they were followed by as yet undiscovered talent such as singers Kris Malcolm and India. The young talent, India Bristol, professed that her instruments and audience to date have been her home’s bathroom. But with the original song she composed and performed, the audience showed her that her potential was not lost on them.
Big name acts also made appearances on stage, including Afyia Modeste, Judah B. and Lyndon Lai Tan who took the opportunity to try out some new material which may make it onto his latest album.
In between sets, DJ Femmotion and DJ Kelo G de Energy kept the beats light. Despite the slow start, the crowd grew to a respectable number as the night wore on. Chantwell Music plans on introducing Tuesday nights at Coco Lounge as karaoke night and once a month, the acts open up to all talents as an open mic/open stage.