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Steel Pan in POS?

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Steel Pan in POS?

We will be in the city a few weeks after Carnival in 2013.

Once Carnival has ended, where are some of the best places in Port of Spain for one to see a good steel pan band live?

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1. Re: Steel Pan in POS?

There are panyards all over the place where you can go and see and hear them practice - the only caveat is that not *all* bands will be up and running immediately after carnival; some take a break after all the hoopla, and resume sometime later.

There is an event at the Savannah, usually the Saturday after Ash Wednesday, called "Champs in Concert' (or something similar) that will feature all the winners of the various carnival events, including the winning steelbands.

As far as other events just for pan, there may be some - but to find them you will have to keep your eyes and ears open for signposts, radio announcements, and fliers.

here is a link to the panyard addresses: http://www.tntisland.com/panyards.html

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Since that list is SO big and might be overwhelming, here are some of the good bands on the list, that you can look for in PoS -

Neal & Massy Trinidad All-Stars

PCS Silver Stars

Petrotrin Phase II

Humming Birds Pan Groove

T&Tec Power Stars

Starlift

Edited: 08 August 2012, 21:06
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Thanks - next time we'll need to get down for Carnival!

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What is the difference between a conventional and a traditional band?

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'conventional' is the modern steel band with up to 120 or so players, with the pans on stands or racks. Some players play 'sets' of several pans (double guitar, triple cello, 6-bass, double tenors, double seconds, etc); the band is accompanied by the 'engine room', a whole separate riddim section with a full trap drum set, 'irons' (brake drums, or other heavy metal objects played with metal sticks), & other handheld riddim noisemakers.

'traditional' is old-fashioned style, also called 'pan round the neck' - each player has just one pan, carried on a strap around their neck, and they walk in a group & play, accompanied by traditional riddim insturments like bottle & spoon, scratchers, & sticks.

Edited: 19 August 2012, 05:34
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It's sad that after Carnival you don't hear much going on with the steelpan.

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So, we may not get to hear anyone a few weeks after Carnival?

It looks like the PCS panyard would be convienient if they are playing.

If they are playing, what time of do they typically begin in thl evenniog and what days of the week?

We will be on the island Monday and Tuesday and perhaps those days might not be too popular?

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8. Re: Steel Pan in POS?

there's really no definitive answers to those questions - steelbands are a fluid thing, not many have hard and fast rules.... some will still be practicing after Carnival is done, some won't - some may have practice nights even on Monday or Tuesday, so it's possible you could still catch them on those nights... but nobody outside the band itself will know their schedule, or what time they start, especially after the more formal practice schedule during Carnival is over. The only way to know if they are practicing is to go to the yard and see... (unless you know someone in the band who can tell you, hehe)

the best way to go about it is not just pick one band and hope you catch them -- what people typically do is 'make rounds' - they go around by several different panyards and see whats happening ... that's really the only way to know if they are practicing or not at any given moment. lots of folks do this, it's kind of a moving lime, at all the different yards... people pass by each one and stay and listen for awhile then move on to the next... really fun! enjoy!

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oh, and btw, that would be 'Silver Stars' (they're not called "PCS" --that's the name of their sponsor - the band's name is Silver Stars.)

and, also ... if you're around that area, trust me you DO NOT want to miss Phase II and All-Stars - !!

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10. Re: Steel Pan in POS?

Http://www.panonthenet.net or .com maintains a good calendar of steel pan concerts around the world. That's where I found information on a steel pan concert that was held in POS when I was there in July.

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