When spring hits NYC the vibe of the city changes. What a better way to kick off the spring dance vibes than DJ Norie’s annual Anything Goes Live at B.B. Kings. If you have been to any live stageshow, you know it starts late, a just so it go…
The dance floor started getting full with dancing around 12:30am when the West Indian massive started picking up the pace to some Soca and Calypso. While DJ Norie took control of the night and 2:00am - 3:00am was dedicated to showcasing some young artists, the stage show was a bit lacking and had it’s share of dull moments. But had two hyped moments with a Dancehall tune "High Man" made the place sing along and forward a rewind they did not get. And the Dancehall Queen style female artist that brought men onstage to wine for.
Tanya Stephens touched the stage at 2:55am and blessed the crowd with 30 minutes of her biggest tunes and made the ladies all happy talking about what the women want. It’s a Pity got a huge pull-up and Tanya left off stage with the place warming up for the night to get hot. Rupee came out right away at 3:25am, like a time ticking show now. Everyone seemed to be coupled up and wining while Rupee’s melodies and Soca vibes took over and Tempted To Touch made the place go (and girls) go nuts! The sing-jay kept everyone jumping with You Make Me Wanna Jump.
By 3:40 when Mad Cobra came in dashing from backstage, the place was hot and ready to burn. The long time veteran came out with Press Trigger on the classic dancehall Buzz Riddim and the place erupted to the badman tune. Pull-ups and shouts were going off everywhere and a rewind was set for the long awaited DJ to preform. Hyped up energy like a workout routine, Cobra recited his repertoire of hits and capped off with the 90’s ragamuffin style Flex.
This is when the biggest upset of the night took place because Spragga Benz bounced onto stage at 4:05am ready to buss di place in flames. Between a few hits, the lights came on and Spragga, the veteran DJ and actor seemed to be unhappy and bounced right back off the stage, by 4:15am, there was no one on stage. For no clear reason, either time constraints or artists taking up mic time, a very disappointed Spragga Benz and NYC crowd got robbed of a few tunes. The vibes quickly shut down rather than the usual buzz left after a night like this and after talking to Spragga himself, who is always calmed, there seemed to be more energy left un-preformed this night.