Best of the Best 2013 left me with mixed emotions. The show itself was superb, all of the artists delivered top quality performances. However, several of the advertised entertainers did not perform. Mad Cobra, Cocoa Tea and Chronixx were no-shows. This left many, myself included feeling disappointed. I will give the promoters credit, Shaggy and Frankie Paul were unadvertised acts that filled in nicely for the missing performers.
The show was advertised as a family event, children under 12 were admitted free. Families with blankets, lawn chairs and baby strollers were scattered across the lawns of Miami’s Bayfront Park. The line-up was stacked with family friendly performers. This facilitated a great venue for a holiday weekend family outing, this while exposing the younger generation to the excitement of ‘the stage show’.
The show started on time with the Best of the Best signature of showcasing new talent. As the early arrivers secured their locations, set up chairs and other accessories to their comfort, they were entertained by performers Lyrikal, Skinny Fabulous, Patrice Roberts and several others. The weather was picture-perfect with blue skies, a picturesque Miami skyline and a cool breeze coming off the intercostal waterway. Food vendors prepared spicy Caribbean dishes, fresh fruits and ice cold drinks, while arts and craft vendors presented colorful displays to attract folks as they strolled through the park.
Part two of the show was kicked off by the ever popular Frankie Paul. The star studded evening was rounded out with performances by Sanchez, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, ElephantMan, Shaggy, Konshens and Beenie Man. Promoters managed time well at this year’s show. The show started on time and stayed on schedule. This was a pleasant surprise and change from most South Florida stage shows. Ticket holders did not leave the venue feeling short changed because time ran out on the closing acts.
Best of the Best 2013 was an above average production. The venue, food and craft vendors, stage production, time management, overall positive vibes and fun filled family environment made this year’s show one of the best. Unfortunately, three of the announced performers were no shows, which left many fans unsatisfied. I give the 2013 show an overall grade of B+. After a couple years of change and uncertainty, it appears that show promoters have revitalized and reinvented their brand. Once again, Miami is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend.