A weary traveler need not look far during the Barbados Jazz Festival for interesting musical and culinary adventures. Journalists were introduced to the flavors of the scenic island during lunch on a marina walkway at the Waterfront Cafe on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
As described on the website at www.waterfrontcafe.com, the restaurant is located "...on the Careenage (marina) in the middle of historic Bridgetown, the restaurant offers nightly entertainment, full bar and an a la carte menu prepared on site. The menu offers a combination of Caribbean, American and seafood cuisine."
A warm and welcoming owner, Susan Walcott, opened the restaurant in 1984. Appointments throughout the restaurant are of a Caribbean flair with photos of musicians hanging over the newer piano that sits upon a small stage at the bar. One of the visiting journalists and professional soul jazz musician, Bill King (ejazznews.com), found the lure of the piano irresistible and treated staff to an impromptu performance. They really wanted him to stay and play for the night but the promise of a Smokey Robinson concert kept Bill's "set" to one song.
Although there was a delay to the start of the Smokey Robinson appearance later that evening at the Garfield Sobers Complex (St. Michael), the elder statesman of Motown put on quite a show that was complete with go-go dancers, frequent comedic breaks and an audience sing-a-long competition. By the end of the night, smiles of joy adorned the faces of his beloved fans and the wait to hear Smokey sing was forgotten. It would appear that Smokey delivered the goods one more time in true showman style. The Barbados Jazz Festival scored another winner with the fans.
Editor's Note: 1/18/2010 updated
FTC Compliance: This trip was sponsored and paid for by the Barbados Tourism Authority. (updated 1/7/14)