Cutting Crew’s Lead Vocalist christens soft rebranding of popular West Coast hangout – Nick Van Eede sang at Shamrock’s, ex-Crock’s Den

The last time I was at Crock’s Den was about 2004 when Billy Hector, a New Jersey blues guitarist was here for a brief sojourn. Since then, it was used as a venue for Rihanna to do an Essence photo-shoot and then the place was supposedly sold… Now, it has all the yellow removed from its decor, and ’tis pure green in its colours me darlin’ as ’tis now “Shamrock’s” don’t ye know?

One can still rack 'em at the former Crock's Den - now Shamrock's

One can still rack 'em at the former Crock's Den - now Shamrock's

Last night, there was an intimate gathering, some folk from Germany, ex-Limelight Cafe’s Steve George and his wife among other stalwarts.

The scenario is a bit different – $20 at the door lets you in and there’s Hors D’Oeuvres and a cash bar. The music as 80’s Rock and a refreshing change of pace, similar to when NCF declared Kadooment as back-in-time since musicians refused to compose new music not long ago.

Nick stopping to talk with fans before performing

Nick stopping to talk with fans before performing

The main attraction last night was Cutting Crew’s Nick Van Eede, who was scheduled for 9:30 but trundled in about after 10 o’clock and was not too pleased – he left his guitar home and really wished he had it, as Deejay Eddy Ayoung only had Karaoke versions of his top hits, “Been In Love Before,” and “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight“!

Happy couple whirling away to Nick Van Eede regaling the Shamrock crowd

Happy couple whirling away to Nick Van Eede regaling the Shamrock crowd

The crowd was none the wiser and were busy whirling away to Nick’s powerful tones and showmanship, his vocal chords well tempered with Bajan rum.

Nick’s album “Capture” when done with Grinning Souls (Brian Marshall of Kite and members of MIR) has made decent sales, enough to encourage Nick to pursue a new disk soon – he’s been here since August cutting verses and laying down tracks. Soon it’ll be ready for distribution and Nick’s very excited about that!

"Eddy? I wanna talk you later..." Nick grates. "Uh-Oh," Eddy thinks to himself as plots an early escape...

"Eddy? I wanna talk to you later..." Nick grates. "Uh-Oh," Eddy thinks to himself as he plots an early escape...

Shamrock’s itself has the potential if marketed correctly to beat even South Coast establishments as the place to be for a nightclub, but they have to advertise, use Facebook and Twitter if they really wanna grab that pot o’gold at the end of the rainbow, to be sure!

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