The Harvard Club was a beehive of activity on Thursday with members and their friends and family turning out in their large numbers to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
After having Corn Soup for starters, patrons later feasted on Tossed Salad, Celery Rice, Dasheen Casserole, Corn Pie, Green Fig Salad, lentil Peas, Callaloo, and a choice of Glazed Pork Chops, Sweet & Sour Fish or Honey Dipped Barbecue Chicken.
Then came the live entertainment with humourous calypsonian Brown Boy (Knolly Brown) sending the crowd into peels of laughter with his Duncey School Boy, A Zoo for Calypsonians, Never Loss A Case, Ah Dreaming and I Believe in Grace.
Entertainer KV Charles (Knolly Charles) continued the live entertainment with songs of the land, Leh We Fete (Rikki Jai), Face To Face, Trini (Benjai), Portrait of Trinidad (Sniper), Mae Mae and Congo Man both by Sparrow and Leave Me Alone (Calypso Rose).
He switched genres and did reggae songs Is this Love (Bob Marley), Feel Good (Beres Hammond) Why Don’t You Love Me, (own composition) and Don't Come back (Tarrus Riley), before going R&B with I Am I Said (Neil Diamond), Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye) and Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran), after which he returned to local music and soca tracks Sugar Rush (Hypasounds), Know The Face (Marvay) and Big People Party (Farmer Nappy).
The tempo raised with Skatie’s (Carlos James) performance as he was backed by live band led by Joey Rivers.
He opened with Portrait of Trinidad, followed by Calypso Music (David Rudder), Bag of Sugar (Sparrow), Tempo (Lord Laro), Watch Out My Children (Ras Shorty I), Bahia Girl (David Rudder), Soca Baptist and Ethel (Superblue), Love in the Cemetery (Kitchener),
Melda, Lizard, Drunk and Disorderly, Hean & Dinah and Jane (Sparrow), Trini To D Bone (David Rudder) and closed with Leave Me Alone.
Resident steelband Harvard Harps closed the live action with Full Extreme (MX Prime & the Ultimate Rejects), Leave Me Alone, Fast Wine (Machel Montano), Melosian Rhapsody (Baron) and Trini.