Anything can happen at Antigua & Barbuda’s soca tent.
But if you’re looking for the famous faces of Tian Winter and Claudette Peters, you might be in the wrong place.
ANR Entertainment literally stumbled upon the venue, the Barefoot Beach Bar, while returning from another event.
The event is not well promoted judging that by 11 p.m. there were only 60 patrons present, many of them performers.
But where it lacks in promotion, it makes up in fun, laughter, and entertainment.
It is only at the soca tent that you’ll see Weather Man heat up a sleeping crowd, with an energetic performance of Coming Down, the tune he plans to use for this year’s competition.
And Oh Gosh! there are performers like Kelley who can wine and wink up, a first timer at the tent but you couldn’t tell.
He’s one to watch as the audience agreed his song isn’t just tent material.
The quality of singing ranges significantly at the soca tent but the crowd is appreciative and you are guaranteed a good laugh at the end of the night.
Every Wednesday from 8 p.m. the venue is abuzz with energy as budding soca artiste are anxious to show off their craft.
Take Rockabella for example who is singing soca for the first time and is honest about why.
“I need the money because my house is really rotten,” she told ANR.
She also enjoys the rush of performing with a live band as some of the singers do but more importantly the soca tent “gives me an opportunity to make mistakes”.
As the small but appreciative crowd cheers on the soca monarch hopefuls, it’s also an opportunity to pick out the next rising stars.
Like Leon Norville who did an impromptu performance of his Back it and roll it and Ishane a former semi-finalist who performed Leh we jam.
It’s advised that if you go to the soca tent go with an open mind because anything can happen.
Like the joy you get from seeing Soca Blacks perform with his two-year-old son and seeing guys like Zocio never give up on his dreams.
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