Leh We Make a Memory

Leh We Make a Memory

MACHEL MONDAY 2016

Fete prices in Trinidad have risen to an average of $100-600 USD (a high of almost $4,000 TTD). Many local patrons have opted to sit out a few fetes this year. However, those who decided not to attend Machel Mondayare probably regretting that decision today.  Although the event was broadcasted live for $9.99 USD, nothing could compare to actually being in the Hasley Crawford Stadium on February 1st.

We Does Party Plenty

We Does Party Plenty

DysChick Picks the Top 5 Events of 2015

Every year, I embark on a mission to find the wickedest soca events.  Whether it's a party, a carnival, or an experience, I am always on the hunt for a "can't-miss" event.  Although I was blessed to experience some great events, here are my Top 5 for 2015.

We Come Out to Fete

We Come Out to Fete

Elevation DMV Weekend

Miami Carnival is usually the last big soca party weekend in the United States.  Socaholics are forced to wait until February for Trinidad Carnival.  Since I was unable to go to Miami, I was thrilled when Full Stop Entertainment intervened and provided DysChick with one more fete-portunity (sure, that's a word now).  The weekend consisted of a kickoff, main event, and cool down party that brought top artists and deejays from around the world to the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia area).  

We Ramajayin'

We Ramajayin'

Brooklyn Labor Day Carnival Weekend 2015

Labor Day weekend in Brooklyn is the culmination of the summer season of partying.  The annual celebration includes parties, boat rides, and lastly, the West Indian Labor Day parade on Eastern Parkway.  The summer season of partying was restricted due to the loss of large venues like Pulse 48.  With fewer venues, promoters ventured into Manhattan and Queens.

Anywhere We Go, De Party Done

Anywhere We Go, De Party Done

Soca Flash Mob in Brooklyn

Search for the term online, and you may find flash mob defined as "a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place and perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time before quickly dispersing."  Seemingly pointless does not apply to the soca flash mob that took to the streets in front of the Barclay's Center on Saturday, August 29th.  The point was to positively showcase Caribbean culture and to make history.

This Is How We Move. This Is Our Way

This Is How We Move. This Is Our Way

HUSH Caribbean Silent Party in Brooklyn

One way to deal with the noise complaints threatening to shut down parties in Brooklyn this summer is to have everybody HUSH!  

On Saturday, August 15th, Caribbean Silent Events produced Brooklyn's first Caribbean silent party called HUSH on the rooftop of the Brooklyn Children's Museum.  The concept is simple.  Upon arrival, everyone receives a wireless headphone that connects to the frequency of three different stations.  At any time during the event, the user is able to adjust the volume and tune in to another deejay.  Once a station is selected, the LED light on the headphones switches to that deejays designated color.  Find someone with the same color led light on their headphones and take a wine! 

Leave Me, Lemme Play Ah Mas

Leave Me, Lemme Play Ah Mas

Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana)

Every year over one million people flock to Toronto for the largest street parade in North America.  This celebration of West Indian culture and pageantry, commonly called Caribana, takes time and money to put on.  That's why it was upsetting to see so many non-masqueraders climb over the fence, cross the stage with masqueraders, and actually want to fight for food they did not pay for.  

My People, Are You Ready To Party?

My People, Are You Ready To Party?

Memorial Day Weekend Review

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer party season for New York's socaholics.  However, with Brooklyn venues threatening to shut out feters, there is uncertainty as to whether or not the summer season will be as festive as in past years.  This weekend, I got to sample some new and some familiar locations

We taking over! We everywhere!

We taking over!  We everywhere!

Trucked

While the rest of New York City was tuned in to the season finale of "Empire," scores of socaholics flocked to Liberty Theater in Midtown Manhattan for Trucked to relive the Trinidad Carnival experience.  The concept was ambitious, but Jay Upscale and THC Promotions pulled it off.

I Want To Go Where the Music Lives

I Want To Go Where the Music Lives

Dr. Jay's Return Fete at Sound Academy in Toronto

“Deanna, why are you heading north in the winter?”

Sometimes it is hard to explain why I feel compelled to fly from New York to Toronto, especially during the winter.  This time it was easily explained: Dr. Jay and Machel!  How is that not worth booking a flight, finding a hotel, and buying new fleece-lined earmuffs?  Okay, maybe it’s just me.