Midnight Groovers of Dominica is the main act at the sixth annual “Oktoberfest En Kweyol”, being staged today, Sunday, Oct. 6 by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) at Samaans Park.
Today’s event will feature local creole cuisine, a variety of world-class beers and live performances.
Organizers say they are pleased to include Midnight Groovers – dubbed “the original kings of cadence”- to the “Oktoberfest” stage.
Formed in 1972 as a combo band in Grand Bay, Dominica, the group was able to bridge a gap between cadence and calypso to present their own brand of music dubbed “cadence-lypso.”
With a solid and cultural musical style, Midnight Groovers have created commercial success with their rhythmic sounds, playing to huge crowds in their homeland as well as in the French Antilles and Saint Lucia where they are very popular. The band has also toured extensively throughout the various continents.
Although much of the original members have changed, Midnight Groovers continue to empower the world through the voice of lead singer “Chubby” Phillip Mark and the king of instruments, brother Marcel “Ko” Mark. And with more than 30 albums under their belt and a string of hits songs as part of their repertoire including “Pou Yon Koko,” “Milk and Honey” and “Mandella” to name a few, the group can still rock any festival stage.
Today’s entertainment lineup for “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” includes the reigning champion party band of Saint Lucia, DYP, as well as traditional groups Mamai Lacaye, Secret Band and Avot Servis. Also scheduled to perform are the Harmonite Steel Band, Lighting dancers, Ricky T, MC Pringles and 2013 Piton Soca Starz winner Soca Bandit, the “Pork sauce” man.
“Oktoberfest en Kweyol” will feature six international beers: the Oktoberfest beer Paulaner Beer, Amstel Extra, Parbo Beer, Bulmers Pear Cider, Desperado Red and Affligem Blond.
“Oktoberfest en Kweyol” is endorsed by the Folk Research Centre and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and sponsored by LIME, Landmark Event and official media partners the Wave, DBS and RCI.