Port Royal Music Festival, A Night Amongst The Stars

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reginabelle_sexynudegirls.jpgbrian_mcknight_sm.jpgThousands of patrons gathered at the Port Royal Music Festival over the weekend to enjoy a marriage of sounds between Jamaica's lover's rock and Black America's R&B soul music. The audience sang along to some of their favorites as the likes of One Third, Maxi Priest, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, and Tarrus Riley performed.

There were a number of cameo appearances from some of Reggae's best musicians, who just dropped in to enjoy the show. This included the likes of Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Jah Cure, Fanton Moja, Della Manley and Delly Ranks who could be seen enjoying themselves.

The night opened up with newcomers One Third delivering some heavy covers. They awed the audience with their delivery, melodies, and harmonies. However, Maxi Priest was exceptional and the ladies screamed for more each time he belted out a note, giving his fans a cross generational number of hits. The highlight of his performance was when he called his son Marvin on stage to perform with him. It was a treat to see the young protege walk in his father's shoes.

Regina Bell gave a performance of a life time. The energy that she put into her show was breathtaking. She felt right at home as she explained to the audience that she had been performing in Jamaica since the 80's and would always hold a piece of the island in her heart. "Please Be Mine," "So Many Tears", and "Without You" were some of the hit singles that she performed for the insatiable audience who just couldn't get enough.

"More and More", "Comfortable", "Back at One", and other Brian McKnight songs were highly anticipated by the audience as they sang along with him as if the songs were their personal anthems. His set was very energetic and funky and his sons joined him onstage to deliver a few major hits from the disco era. A rendition of Prince's "Lets Go Crazy" was played on guitar by his 15 year old son Cole Nicholas, he played it as if he were Prince himself. Eighteen year old Brian Jr. was the ladies favorite.

By the time the McKnight's finished performing and the next band changed, most of the patrons had departed. Tarrus Riley, originally booked to performed earlier in the night, closed the show. He delivered a short but sweet set and was the only performer for the night to get a forward. Jimmy Riley and Leroy Sibbles were booked for the show but never performed as the venue was empty and the night so full.