Beres, Griffiths and Martin deliver at Woodstock

February 19, 2018
The legendary Beres Hammond thrilled the audience during his performance.
Marcia Griffiths
'Big Deal' Christopher Martin delivers an energetic set.
A section of the crowd enjoys the vibes and live performances at the launch of the 2018 Appleton Estate Signature Nights series dubbed Love at Woodstock.

Reggae icon Beres Hammond, reggae empress Marcia Griffiths and 'Big Deal' crooner Chris Martin did not disappoint for the launch of the 2018 Appleton Estate Signature Nights series dubbed 'Love at Woodstock'.

The event took place in Negril last Tuesday at the scenic Woodstock venue.

Artistes Sister Doreen, Naggo Morris, Otis Gail and Short Boss brilliantly opened the show and prepped the audience for the featured performances.

DJ Richie D also added to the entertainment with his selection of throwback tunes from the '70s, in anticipation of the nostalgic romance that was to come.

Martin belted romantic and smooth melodies. Tunes such as Pirate of the Caribbean, Baby I Love You, and Under the Influence were well received by patrons.

Inviting friend Sean Antoine to the stage, the two performed Up for Grabs. Next to join Martin was D Major, delivering a strong performance of Real Know Real and Vibes. Ending his set on a conscious note, Martin delivered his new single, Stop Violence against Women.

Griffiths was the next featured act and took attendees on a musical journey, exploring her plethora of hits. She engaged patrons with Tell me Now, I Shall Sing, Closer to You and Fire Burning, and they happily sang along.

After pausing to extend birthday wishes to Martin at the stroke of midnight, she continued with her delivery of All My Life, and her cover of Jr Gong's Welcome to Jamrock.

She paid tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley with her renditions, including Redemption Song and Buffalo Soldier. She closed her memorable set by inviting audience members to the stage to do the famous Electric Slide.

Hammond brought patrons to their feet as they swayed and sang along as he delivered songs from his vast catalogue, including I Can't, Step Aside, and She Loves Me Now.

He brought the curtain down with songs like I Wish, Double Trouble, and I Feel Good.

Leleika-Dee Barnes, customer marketing manager, J. Wray and Nephew Limited, said having the signature trio debut the 2018 series was phenomenal.

"They are all world-class performers whose music is absolutely timeless and traverses generations of music lovers, young and old alike," she said. "We have a memorable year in store with many more 'signature' performances to come."

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