Kaluga Kafe brings live music to Old Harbour
Kingston has live music events on a fairly regular basis, and other towns are working to catch up.
As cricketer Andre Russell settles into the restaurateur life and tries his hand at event planning and promotions, other entities in the Old Harbour area have beefed up their offerings to satiate an appetite more than just for food.
To enhance the entertainment and nightlife options in the St Catherine community, Kaluga Kafe now hosts the live music show Kaluga Live.
Kaluga Live was intended to be a weekly live music event, having its first staging on November 7, a Tuesday.
After surveying customers, two decisions were taken: to move the event to a Saturday and host it once per month.
"It takes a lot to do it every week, but customers in this region have been asking for it," said Adrian Samuda, CEO of Kaluga Group.
Kaluga Live will continue weekly until January 2018, when it will begin to take place every last Saturday. Every last Sunday, Kaluga will also offer an open mic comedy night.
"Kingston is always doing live music, so Old Harbour has never seen something like this before," Samuda continued.
Before the change took effect, the Kaluga Live stage saw the likes of Elephant Man, along with I-Wayne, who shared the stage with Digicel Rising Stars winner Short Boss.
Meanwhile, Russell is currently putting the final touches on the execution of his first stage show, Old Harbour Big Bash, which will feature performances by Mavado, Tommy Lee, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Bugle, Professor Nuts, D'Angel, and others.
The cricketer also hosts a headphones party called Club Madness every last Saturday. Next up to perform at Kaluga Live is Beenie Man.
"We went for Beenie based on feedback. Beenie is a crowd favourite, and he's never performed down there acoustic style. We were happy to know he was available," said Samuda.