by Howard Campbell
[SOUTH FLORIDA] – As Pluto Shervington belted out the defiant refrain to his patriotic I Man Born Ya, the complete home on the Gulfstream Racetrack’s Sport of Kings Theater roared in unison.
Their response summed-up a night of high quality performances for Pluto & Mates on a wet Could 28.
The occasion’s second staging was rocking from the second Code Purple Band struck the primary word till minutes to 2 am when all of the performers huddled on stage.
“The patronage exhibits that there’s a place for occasions like Pluto & Mates… Over time, Pluto and his colleagues have paved the way in which for a lot of profitable and rising artists. This present clearly signifies that they’re nonetheless in a position to fill venues and entertain followers,” stated Tyrone Robertson, co-promoter of the occasion with enterprise companion Marco Brown.
There have been stable units all through from Boris Gardiner, J C Lodge, Ernie Smith, and Chalice. Along with the Fab 5 Band which was making a return to South Florida, lengthy their comfortable looking floor.
Backstage, Shervington revelled within the rapturous reception from the largely mature Jamaican viewers.
“That is what I’ve been doing all my life and nothing beats performing for Jamaicans. We might stay overseas however Jamaica is at all times residence,” he stated.
The inaugural Pluto & Mates was held on the similar venue in February, 2020 to rejoice the singer/songwriter’s fiftieth anniversary within the music enterprise.
Final yr’s present was cancelled attributable to COVID-19.
Quite a few artists and musicians confirmed up in assist. They included Roger Lewis and Bernard “Touter” Harvey of Interior Circle; Richie Daley of Third World, bass guitarist Lloyd Parks, singer Hopeton Lindo and singer/guitarist Capo Beniah.
Shervington moved to South Florida in 1977. He made his title as an artist within the area as headliner for the favored Sundays On The Bay present in Miami in the course of the Eighties.
Previous to migrating to the USA, he was a star in Jamaica. Because of songs like I Man Born Ya, Dat and Your Honour.
Scenes From Pluto & Mates