Yeah Yeah Yeah Wednesdays already a hit
Yeah Yeah Yeah Wednesdays is becoming the must-go event for residents of Mannings Hill Road, with many of the nearby small-shop owners closing off in time to attend and show support.
Despite the choice of venue - Big Yard, which is bordered closely by houses - the street dance has not posed a problem.
"The noise does not bother me; the people behave well and it ends on time every Wednesday," said Rebecca Brown.
Unlike most street dances that end in the wee hours of the morning, Yeah Yeah Yeah Wednesdays has a strict cut-off time of 12:30 a.m. and the volume is turned down half an hour before any interference by the law.
Artistes like Turbulence, Jah Vinci, and Dotta Coppa came out as early as 9 p.m. to show support last Wednesday.
The series is hosted by dancehall recording artiste Aidonia and fellow Meadowbrook High School alum, Dwayne 'Lunch' Campbell.
It features guest disc jockeys and attracts just as many aspiring entertainers expecting a chance to show their talent.
One such entertainer interrupted the session on Wednesday, according to resident DJ Bishop Escobar, "to defend him song fi play.
"Him come every week wanting the selectors to play the song and a complain seh mi bench him. But anybody that come with a track it a go play, but not because you do a song that means it is the one that must play. It might just break the vibes and cause people to leave," Bishop Escobar told THE STAR.
Aidonia arrived late to this week's staging, but was just in time to quash the disturbance and remind the patrons that the weekly series was about good vibes and music. He said, "The party is not limited to anyone's or any one type of music."
He noted it is always the selector's job to determine what is played.
Just when patrons thought Aidonia was going to perform, he said, "Play any [expletive] song yuh want to play; no long talking because a party we come fi party," to Bishop Escobar before exiting the stage.
It was just after midnight, so a few patrons reluctantly departed before the rush. The sound system echoed, torches were raised high, and people returned to the upbeat energy as if unbothered by the pause.
"Aidonia just want music fi play. liquor a sell and di place nice (violence free) at Yeah Yeah Yeah Wednesdays," Bishop Escobar said.