Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I remember it like it was yesterday. Two weeks before I moved to Bermuda I was sitting in my doctor’s office for a routine check up when he commented that he could never move to the island because, “there’s nothing to do, there’s no culture, no music.” Apparently he knew this because he’d visited Bermuda for a weekend conference a few months prior to our conversation—a whopping two-and-a-half days stuck in the ballroom of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. No disrespect to the good doctor, but he’s got it dead wrong, especially about that last part. No music? How about Mary J. Blige? It was just over a month ago when she performed at the National Stadium along with two-hit-wonder Alan, ahem, Robin Thicke. (Part of me was hoping Richard "Boner" Stabone might show up and yes, we were that close to the stage). It was a rollicking performance and one that kept the crowd on its feet for a good two hours. Best of all there’s more on the way. According to Urban Mecca, the Bermuda Music Festival rolls into town at the end of October—a three-day, star-studded gathering from the 29th through the 31th led by legendary musician/producer Quincy Jones. He’s bringing a slew of friends too including Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Erykah Badu, James Ingram, Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, and more. It’s sure to be a massive party and one that most Bermudians wouldn’t dare miss. The final night alone is bound to be a doozy. That's when Quincy and gang plan to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller 25 years after the best-selling album of all time was first produced by Q himself. On Halloween night, no less. I don't know about you but that sounds like a pretty good time to me. You hear that doc?