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?
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.
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“!
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 (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!
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!