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Farin X Change Rocks The Hard Rock

02/18/2010
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Emerging reggae band Farin X Change launched its self-titled debut album to rave reviews at the grand reopening of the Hard Rock Cafe, Ocho Rios, on Friday February 12th, 2010.

Band members Richard "Richie" Sinclair, D.A. "Lexie" Russell, K. "Junior" Lamey and Ian Knight were accompanied for the night by Bertram Saulter (owner of Island Outposts' The Caves resort in Negril, as well as a founding member of the Flashpoint Film Festival) on harmonica.

Farin X Change took the stage following a pre-show VIP reception, well attended by local music industry persons and north coast tastemakers, and proceeded to deliver a two hour set of the hard-hitting eclectic roots reggae/rock that is their signature style. The band kicked things off with "Toe The Line", the lead single from the album, and segued smoothly into more of their original material including "Running Away" and "Feel No Pain".

A tribute to Bob Marley followed in the form of "I Shot The Sheriff", at which point Sinclair and Lamey then temporarily relinquished their roles on lead vocals, allowing "Lexie" Russell to switch themes and deliver the romantic ballad "Gonna Love You", much to the delight of the Valentine's weekend crowd. The party atmosphere was then quickly re-established with "Mama Africa", "Running Away" and "These Old Wars" as well as a solid cover of Freddie McKay's rock-steady classic "Picture On The Wall".
Black Zebra front man Wayne McGregor then joined Farin X Change and proceeded to rip through guitar-heavy covers of "Johnny B Good" and "Twist & Shout" with his usual level of bravado. McGregor passed the baton to roots/folk singer Della Manley, who closed the show with a stunning acoustic version of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven". DJ Smoke from Renaissance Disco took the controls and finished out the night in true Jamaican party style.

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