By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer
THE BAHAMIAN Christmas Concert: D-Mac & Friends made history last week, as the first concert to feature the biggest lineup of Bahamian artists on one stage, on one night.
More than twenty-three Bahamian musicians, five bands and deejays entertained the hundreds of attendees at the Botanical Gardens.
The event was spearheaded by Dillion “D-Mac” Mckenzie who said he was impressed by the level of support Bahamians shown despite the inclement weather.
“There were a lot of persons who came out to the event but the rain did us in a bit. If it did not rain out there would have been swamped but people still showed their support they came out and had a great time,” he said.
A major highlight of the concert was that it paid tribute to veteran musician Ronnie Butler, who D-Mac said deserved special commendation for his talent, consistency and contribution. Although listed as one of the artists on the lineup, Ronnie Butler was not able to perform or attend. He was admitted to hospital two days after the concert. Although he is in stable condition, he requires blood donations.
“The event met and surpassed my expectation. Everyone did there special performance for Ronnie Butler. The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Danny Johnson, Fast Eddie, Ronald Simms, Rudy Grant and myself all paid tribute to him,” he said.
Part proceeds from the event will go towards establishing a medical fund for Bahamian entertainers who need medical assistance.
Performers included KB, Lacie Doe Boyz, Stilleet, Qpid, Dyson Knight, Spyder, Tony Seymour Jr, Avvy, M-Deez, Sosa Man, Sammi Starr, Tropical Breeze, Basil Smith, Elon Moxey, Veronica Bishop, Puzzle, Raj The Entertainer, Ancient Man, Reubin G, Sky Juice Band, Ira Storr, Rhythm Band, Spank Band, Funky D, and Julien Believe. The deejay for the night were Dj Crank, Dj Tank, Dj Excitement, Dion Da Butcha, Code Red Dj’s and Dj Spliff.