Saturday, August 28, 2010

World Beat Cruise with Jai Roots

I had so much fun on the last World Beat Cruise that I again booked another passage. There are several reasons why I was back on the cruise. First, Bembe Entertainment knows how to throw a party. Second, you have a large Capital Cruises party boat on Lady Bird Lake in downtown scenic Austin, Texas. Third, you have liquor, food, DJ Jah Karma and live music. Fourth, Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project was the band for the cruise. I had recently seen Jai Roots and the Project at Momo's and immediately liked them. Jai Roots is very charismatic and has a striking stage presence. The Project is strong musically and cranks up the Reggae and World Beat music. If I had to be on a party boat for "a three hour cruise," I would definitely pick Jai Roots and the Project.

Brandon Badillo welcomes the party people to the third of four Bemba Entertainment World Beat Cruises.

Picturesque view of party go-ers and scenic view from cruise boat.

Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project perform "ChanChan" to get party started.

The final World Beat Cruise of the series will be on September 29, 2010. Don't miss out. You now have a pretty good idea of what the cruise will be like.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Musicians Rule!

I don't know when or where I got this photo but I found it very humorous.

Musicians, enjoy the glory.

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Cruisin' on the World Beat Cruise

I had not been on an Austin lake cruise in a couple of years. So when the World Beat Cruise by Bemba Entertainment was promoted with food, drink and music for $25.00, I had to go. The cruise was on July 29, 2010 on Capital Cruises' double deck "Pride and Joy". It's a "Three hour cruise" on Lady Bird Lake in downtown scenic Austin, Texas and after a busy day, the cruise provides an excellent way to unwind. I met some great people, enjoyed great music and the serenity of being on the lake with the warm summer breeze. The Austin skyline and sunset provides an exceptional scenic backdrop to enjoy and the numerous Austin lake bridges provides an echo chamber for the music and an unusual childlike joy as you shout at the top of you lungs as the boat goes under the bridges.

Brandon Badillo of Bemba Entertainment welcomes the World Beat travelers to cruise.

All the beautiful people were on the cruise socializing, eating, drinking their favorite beverages and just enjoying themselves.

Frederico 7 and The Hashashin provided the party music along with DJ Macumbeats.

I've attended many of Bemba Entertainment's events and this cruise was the best yet. The next World Beat Cruise is on Thursday August 19, 2010 so make plans now to be on the party boat. The entertainment will be provided by Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project, a new rocking band to the Austin music scene, that will get the party started with Reggae and World Music. I'll be on the cruise again because it was just that much fun. See you there.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jai Roots: A New Star in the "Live Music Capitol of the World" Constellation

You'll usually find me at Momo's on Tuesday nights for World Music Night sponsored by KUT 90.5fm/ and presented by Bemba Entertainment. Brandon Badillo of Bemba Entertainment brings together exceptional musical talent, both world and local, for all to enjoy every week. Plus, KUT is the ideal sponsor because they are the only Austin radio station that promotes world music.

This past Tuesday I went to Momo's to specifically see Jai Roots. I had never heard of Jai Roots but did check out his Myspace page, and YouTube videos. I liked what I saw and heard so I decided to see for myself. I saw Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project perform. I was amazed at what I saw and heard. First, Jai Roots, from St. Croix, is very charismatic and has the exotic island look. His voice perfectly fits all the music he sings, which includes World, Urban, Latin, Reggae and Roots. Second, the band is exceptional. They are all in sync and sound like they've played together for years even though this is a new group. They are all exceptional musicians and when featured in a song, they were flawless and enhanced the song and music experience. The crowd in attendance was also in agreement. They were all having fun and in the mood for dancing. Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project, from San Antonio, Texas, is trying to break into the tough and competitive Austin music market and personally, I feel they have what it takes to become successful not only in Austin but regionally and nationally.

Check the videos from the Momo's performance.

Jai Roots & the Herb-n-Café Project will be performing at Encore on Friday August 6, 2010.

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