Raymond Ramnarine

A two-day music festival would be held to celebrate the birthday of local entertainer Raymond Ramnarine.

The event, “The Show Stoppa at SAPA”, would be held at the Southern Academy for the performing Arts (SAPA) on September 28 and 29.

Promoter Randy Glasgow said Ramnarine wanted to celebrate his birthday in fine style this year, with his fans.

He said, “Ramnarine and the band have realised after their most recent shows that a one-night show just is not enough as many people have missed out because there had not been enough room to accommodate the numbers wanting to attend. Also, the quite expansive portfolio of music built up by the band over the years, is too vast to present in one night without causing patrons to complain that they did not hear songs they were looking forward too. Hence the two-day festival event.”

Glasgow said it would be Ramnarine’s first performance at the Sundar Popo Auditorium.

And an “impressive” line-up of guest artistes was being assembled to celebrate Ramnarine’s birthday alongside him, he said.

The first show will be held next week Saturday from 8pm. On Sunday, the concert will begin at 5.30pm.

Glasgow said patrons can expect a unique festival of Indo and Indo-Trinidadian music along with other musical styles.

Following his packed Carnival 2019 season, Ramnarine has been touring the United States, Europe, Guyana, Suriname and throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Ramnarine is the leader of his family band, Dil-e-Nadan. He will be joined on stage by his brothers Rennie and Richard Ramnarine and other members of the band.

Glasgow invited patrons to bring their own food and drinks to enjoy at their vehicles in the car park during the extended intermission and after the shows each night, tailgate style.

“Tailgating is very popular at football and baseball games out in the US. Just maybe, Ramnarine (Raymond) and the band will be joining the people for a bite and a chat,” he said.

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In an interview with the Express, fans in south Trinidad have been asking for more shows like his popular concert, Everybody Loves Raymond, in the southland.

“So with the brandchild, Randy Glasgow, we decided to hold this two-day festival celebrating my birthday in the finest way possible,” he said.

Ramnarine said rehearsals were ongoing and fans should expect a “mind blowing” performance.

The children of the Ramnarine brother, who make up G3, will deliver a special appearance.

“The excitement is building up and it is a treat, not just for the south, but all of our friends and fans. I can assure you all that it is going to be an unforgettable evening,” he said.

Tickets for the two-day festival are being sold at all NLCB booths.

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