November 2017 Volume 14

Big Purple Session 2017

Everton Bailey
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It was yet another successful staging of KC’s flagship fundraiser, the Big Purple Session, put on by the KCOBA South Florida Chapter on October 7 at Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City.

This year’s event featured international reggae artist and former member of the legendary I-Threes, Marcia Griffiths, who was backed by the increasingly popular local band, Code Red, which includes several KCOBs.

The weekend festivities kicked off on Friday evening with a Meet and Greet at The Gardens club in Lauderdale Lakes where, amidst the backdrop of some good Reggae music and tasty cuisine, the customary handshakes, hugs, and reminiscing were exchanged.

For the young and not-so-young, there was football on Saturday morning followed by a brunch at Island in the Pines where more school days’ memories were recounted.

On Saturday night, patrons began streaming in from as early as 8:30 to secure seats. A versatile selection of music from local KCOB DJs, Gairy Sweetness and DJ C-Smood, got the crowd warmed up, followed by Code Red’s solid performance leading up to the main event.

Marcia Griffiths thrilled the audience with a medley of her greatest hits including, “Truly”, “Feel Like Jumping”, and she returned to the stage for an encore and performed her international monster hit “Electric Boogie” complete with patrons coming on stage to do the Electric Slide.

The event was full to near capacity and was supported by KCOBs from across, Florida, Georgia, New York, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica, among other places, and by the broader community.

For those who have never attended the Big Purple Session, it is an experience you will never forget. It is an opportunity to meet KCOBs from all eras and relive school days’ memories, while supporting our beloved alma mater, Kingston College.

The event is held each year on the first Saturday in October. Save the date.

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