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All aboard Crane’s Midnight Train

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

All aboard Crane’s Midnight Train

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International partygoers and local band Brass Soul combined to guide to the Midnight Train into 2014 at the Crane Resort as the luxury property hosted another big New Year’s Eve party on Tuesday night.
It was a feast of food, drinks and merriment – a melting pot all rolled into one, as hundreds of local and visiting partygoers turned out for the resort’s annual theme party. On this occasion, the event was themed The Midnight Train.
Following dinner at three restaurants, a charged atmosphere at the resort stoked by the 12-piece Brass Soul band, gripped both young and old as several donned headpieces and masks and helped to transform the “village” into a rocking party venue.
Merrymakers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Venezuela, Brazil, Europe and North America were all part of the big party.
Vocalists Clem Maloney, Keisha Christian and Colleen Brewster energized the audience and covered a wide range of classic soul and rhythm and blues hits while offering an enjoyable throwback to the 1970s and 1980s.
With the approach of midnight, the band moved into the strains of Auld Lang Syne and members of the dancing audience greeted each other with hugs, kisses and handshakes to usher in the new year.
A highpoint on the night was when Canada-based guitarist Scott Mckenzie joined the band for three numbers and rocked the house with Sam and Dave’s 1970s Motown classic Hold On I’m Coming.
When the band signed off way after midnight, having delivered well-known classics from Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Kool & The Gang, Robert Palmer, The Foundations, Donna Summer, Dusty Springfield and others, the party continued way into the morning for the more energetic as DJ Gerald B kept the mostly younger partygoers happy.
“We are happy that we were able to deliver another exciting and successful event at the Crane. Response was great from visitors and Barbadians for dinner and the themed party and we thank all who attended for their support and wish them a rewarding New Year,” said John Doyle, director of marketing.