literally sitting down at my computer and enjoying a cup of coffee
while thinking about how amazing and great my life is an has been over
the last couple of days.
I had a wonderful Miami Carnival
experience that was capped off with the best tabanca cure ever. Last
night, in Tampa, my friend Jelani Justice and his colleagues of Top
Notch entertainment hosted Machel Montano in Tampa, Florida. After
Miami Carnival, a quality fete with Machel was just what the doctor
Now usually, I don’t do concerts with artists where
they just have a microphone and are playing tracks with a DJ. But……..
who wouldn’t make an exception for Machel Montano?!?!?! And, my
goodness, he did NOT disappoint. I have NEVER seen a Caribbean themed
event like this in Tampa…. EVER!!!! The event was sold out, the vibes
were on steroids and the venue was perfect. From the riddim section, to
the VIP, to the man in the bathroom handing out real hand towels for us
to dry our hands. The DJs played the perfect blend of Soca and Reggae
with a splash of hip hop. There was “maybe” 5 minutes of hip hop music
total last night. And that was JUST fine with me. I really needed a
good fete in my life before Howard University Homecoming this weekend.
Now…. on to my Miami Carnival recap.
Matthew, which was one of the largest hurricanes to make landfall on
the coast of the United States in some time brought much water, wind and
destruction to the coast of the United States after beating up the
islands of the Bahamas and bringing ruination to the people of Haiti.
The most difificult part of Miami carnival experience was not the
all missed flights, arrived at rental car counters when there are no
more cars, and have had housing arrangements cancelled. The hard part
was not about missing a fete or two or about not being able to get some
of that vacation time from work reinstated. The hard part was knowing
that the same storm that we were trying to “dodge” in order to have fun
just brought destruction and havoc to our friends and families in the
Caribbean. The tough part was seeing that person in the fete with a
flag from Haiti or the Bahamas…... And while throwing a lil’ wine, you
lean in and ask them… “How’s your family? Is everyone okay?”
And then they respond, “We haven’t heard from them since the storm, so we are just praying.”
All while the soca music is blaring and the bass is beating off your
chest. All you could do is lean in and give the person a hug while
understanding that carnival is a celebration of life and you still must
celebrate because time waits on no one. And there was a balance of
unadulterated madness and passion mixed with understanding and
compassion which we all tried to maintain. As the time went on we were
able to remove ourselves from the reality of the day and connect with
the life mirage that carnival provides. And that is what made this
carnival so different. It made it sad, great, and emotionally
overwhelming all at the same damn time.
emotional waves that crashed into the banks of each fete subsided over
time which changed the timing of carnival crescendo. The usual
crescendo of carnival is on Sunday, during the road In Miami. This year
it was on Monday. And it is here where I will start. My recap this
year is actually going to go in reverse order. I am going to start with
Monday….. at SSS J’Ouvert….. ==============
There are very few times when you leave a fete feeling like you’ve just had a full day of college sex (that’s 3 times in one day and with classes in between)
and feel like you can go one more round. But that is what it felt like
when I was walking to my car after the SSS Blue J’Ouvert fete. I felt
like my carnival was NOW complete. It’s not that it was not good
before, it’s just that it was GREAT after this fete.
was a blue paint themed J’Ouvert party. It was, hands down, the best
fete that I attended during Miami Carnival. No ifs, ands, or buts about
it.And for the second year in a row, I watched the Grenada
massive totally take over a fete and take the vibes to the next level of
There was a moment during the fete, where I just had to
back up and observe the fete. I had the biggest smile on my face just
watching everyone thoroughly enjoy themselves. ============
when it came to the all-inclusive part of SSS J’Ouvert, there was much
to be desired but….. hell, let’s be honest, the price point of the party
was so good that you couldn’t complain. I mean, you just couldn’t. And
really, who goes to a J’Ouvert party looking to have a belly full of
food? Not me! And I don’t drink so I can’t comment on the drinks but I
do know this. I know that there was plenty of water and I was happy
beyond reproach. If there is one fete that I will say is a “do not miss fete” for Miami Carnival 2017, it is SSS Blue J’Ouvert.
That fete was the best soca and fete injection of Miami Carnival.
I know that it is difficult to say that this fete was the best out of
all of Miami Carnival, but that is the truth. The vibes were on swole
and the Grenadian jab music put the fete over the top.FULL
DISCLOSURE: Just so you know that I really liked it, here’s the truth.
I’m a TRUE Floridian. I really do not gravitate towards nor like
anything that has a hint of “new yorkness” to it. It’s just not my
thing. But THIS WAS A NEW YORK dominated fete. And I kinda had my eyes
squinted walking in, not knowing what to expect. I thoroughly enjoyed
myself and must admit that I have probably been allowing my
closed-mindedness stop me from having some wonderful moments in life and
this fete was proof of that. I must do better and keep an open mind.
Need To Know Info
About SSS J'Ouvert
SSS Blue Jouvert took place early Monday morning in Doral, FL. SSS Blue
Jouvert was hosted by Jason Benn, Tony X, and Ago Solvo. Along side
L.O.E.G Inc. & Freeze International. All inclusive tickets includes
food, top shelf liquor, and a keepsake cup were offered and/or provided.
There was plenty of blue paint, powder, and water.
The Scheduled DJs were:
Back To Basics (NYC)
Sounds For Life (NYC)
D General (Bermuda)
Close Connections (NYC)
Dream Team (Miami)
Freeze International (NYC)
DJ Sonic / Bad Company (NJ)
The cost of Tickets was:
General Admission – ($35)
All Inclusive – ($75)===========
And to close……All I can say, for those that attended is…….. “Ray tay tay tay….. Ray tay tay… Ray tay tay tay…. Ray tay tay…”
SSS BLUE J’Ouvert 2017 in Miami Carnival FOR SURE!!!!!!!
Dedicated to improving your carnival experience,
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson
"The Carnival Doctor"
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