If you know me by now or been apart of the 6 years that is Realtalkzz.com, then you know how much I love and enjoy all genres of music. However, my soul has an extremely soft spot for Reggae music – specifically Lovers Rock along with oldies from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Saturday evening I attended a concert entitled “Intimate with Beres Hammond” in Toronto at Massey Hall. One word…WOW!
It was an amazing show for so many reasons. Acoustically, it was the perfect venue. For the older, more mature crowd, the venue was perfect because there was seating. For those of us that wanted to dance, the venue allowed us to stand in the asiles to dance and have fun (providing we didn’t block the path to walk) and this made the night that much more enjoyable. No one was harassing patrons to sit or to stop taking videos/pictures of this reggae legend. The show promised us an intimate evening with Beres Hammond and we surely got it. Even the man himself looked comfortable performing in a venue such as Massey Hall because it appeared as though he really got a chance to interact with his fans. It became more personable during this show.
Toronto SHOULD have more reggae concerts like this, in this venue. It allowed both young and old to enjoy Beres Hammond in a way you can’t at other “club” type venues. I’ve seen Beres before in a club venue and I did not enjoy it as much as I did Saturday night. It was so beautiful. The musical vibes allowed people of different races and beliefs to not only sit together, but sing together so sweetly that you had to be there to really experience the energy coming from the crowd. The happiness beaming from Beres Hammond’s face because the crowd was singing back to him was priceless. I got goosebumps so many times during this concert because it really was all about the music – the crowd definitely made sure of that. It was such a beautiful thing to see and hear. As a musical lover, I smiled throughout the entire concert. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be a singer, be standing on stage and receive that positive energy coming at you like a flood from your audience. A room full of patrons who have followed Beres Hammond’s musical career for well over 30+ years and to this day, patrons who can still sing every song word for word, including myself. I’m going to post a few videos in this blog for you to experience just a few small moments of what I saw and how I saw it Saturday night. However, the videos don’t do justice to the energy that was present that night. My soul was smiling the entire time. At the end of it all, I left feeling happy and uplifted.
Beres Hammond is an amazing performer live. Thank You for coming to Toronto Sir. Big up to da Rastaman who chatted me from the tour bus when all the fans left. I should have walked up to the bus before it departed and said bye to Beres. That’s my only regret.
Enjoy the videos and listen to the crowd as we responded to the positive vibrations of the music….
One Love, Nadzzz