Destiny Roots, Shotta Crew and Portland Rock revived Saturday night reggae inside Legends nightclub on Nov. 27. The highly promoted event of the night was the 2010 Queen of the Dancehall contest, but it was canceled due to lack of entrants.
Destiny Roots, owned and operated by DJ Commanda Jackson, left the Roundtable Cocktail Lounge in October after a disagreement with management. The sound system previously maintained a huge following, but that has tapered off during the last couple of years due to customer complaints. With a respectable turnout and collaborations with Shotta Crew and Portland Rock sounds, the vibe last Saturday night was lively, and the music selection was surprisingly good. The sound quality was excellent and speaker placement in front of the stage was a good move. The two large trash cans on the dance floor and in a walkway used for the leaky roof were eyesores, though. Even they didn’t ruin the night, though.
The crowd was a good mix of roots and culture, lovers' rock and hardcore dancehall reggae fans. Mostly, it was ladies on the dance floor, though a couple of men performed new dances trending from Jamaica. Guest DJ Lucky played an impressive set that included “Sweet Love” by Busy Signal, “I Feel Good,” by Beres Hammond and Gyptian. Commanda Jackson closed out the night playing a round of dancehall and a remix of Marlon Asher’s “Ganga Farmer,” featuring Buju Banton, which packed the dance floor.
Reggae at Legends should be a success if all three sound systems play music that the crowd wants to hear, if entry costs remain low and drinks specials are being offered. Although there were more than 80 patrons present, I have no doubt the crowd will grow in time and the vibes will be strong. Special events will be featured monthly; on Dec. 4, Dawood of Shotta Crew Sound will have his annual birthday bash, which will include performances by reggae artists Shinehead, Bugsy Malone, Just Ras and Mello Banton. The guest DJ will be JFX.
Catch reggae on Saturday nights at Legends Nightclub, featuring DJs from Destiny Roots, Shotta Crew and Portland Rock. Entry is free before 10 p.m., $5 after 10 p.m., and $10 after 11 p.m.