Nothing captures the sound of summer like live music. Even in what is “slow season” for tourists and visitors, venues across Cayman come alive with the sounds of DJs and live performers several times each week.
From the beep and buzz of electronic dance music off the turntables of local DJs to the roar of rockers taking to the live stage, the Cayman Islands entertainment scene is as vibrant as ever. Here are some of our top picks for your summertime music fun.
If you are the type that prefers instruments to synthesizers, there are lots of places to hear the island’s live bands play up close and personal.
Whiskey Mist in The Strand has made a name for itself as quite the live music venue. With the popularity of regular visitors like The Brother’s Remedy – who just completed a residency at the bar – the Mist puts on frequent jam nights featuring booked and open mic acts.
With a prime location on the strip nestled amongst a collection of other bars and nightlife venues, Whiskey Mist is a one-stop shop for the live music lover.
For a laidback evening of reggae, jazz and a large repertoire of cover tunes, the band Bona Fide keeps up regular appearances around the island. Lead singer Isadora Ferrao’s silky vocals soothe at regular gigs such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturdays – where classic Caribbean jams are on the menu – as well as Kaibo and the Wyndham Reef Resort.
Calico Jack’s is another crowd favorite for regular live bands and hosts a weekly jam night every Thursday. Look out on the scene for performances by the newly formed band “Island,” headed up by vocalist and Calico Jack’s jam night regular Dario Rivers, who recently performed at the opening of Salty’s bar in Grand Harbour.
Good old grooves
Not every great night of music demands a big, live band. At Lone Star on Thursdays, patrons can enjoy a head banger’s ball of their own while playing rock and roll bingo. Instead of numbers on their bingo cards, players can enjoy hits from rock and roll royalty played over the sound system.
For a smooth night of Latin and jazz-influenced guitar, Nathan Herrera serenades at The Bistro in Caribbean Plaza every Wednesday. And each Saturday at The Wharf, the Barefoot Man performs a blend of calypso, reggae and country – perfect for entertaining visiting guests to the islands.
Cayman’s coffee scene is getting some much-deserved “buzz” (pun intended) with venues such as Cayman Coffee Club serving up energetic beats with their beverages. Every Saturday, DJs RKM and Glenroy perform for the Caffeine Cocktails Sunset Edition from 4-7 p.m. with specials like $5 iced coffees going down with chilled out lounge beats spun to perfection.
For those of you who think the “big night out” isn’t having a moment, we have another word for you. Late night fun is alive and well with promoters galore throwing party after party featuring world class DJs.
DJ Lizzie Curious has become a mainstay on the local house music scene. After blasting onto Cayman’s radar as a visiting act, Lizzie – now playing full time in Grand Cayman – can be found from bistros to bars spinning her heady, fresh mix of electronic dance music.
Every Friday, Lizzie plays a double header, kicking off the evening at King’s Head Pub in Camana Bay. Prosecco flows at just $5 per glass with the DJ playing “funky, feel good” house music to the happy hour crowd on the Crescent at Camana Bay. The DJ then switches gears for Friday night at Warehouse Nightclub in The Strand, a production of Epic Day Entertainment, where the syncopated sounds of mainstream house and EDM keep locals and visitors pouring through the door well into the morning hours.
DJ RKM, also known as the super promoter Rion Mohammed, plays a similar weekend double feature. Rion kicks off his Fridays a bit later with “Fridays at Barolo,” where the Seven Mile set frolic indoors and out on the patio to the DJ’s special blend of pop, dance, Caribbean and old school tracks. Barolo’s patrons typically follow the DJ over to Lillie’s Nightclub in The Strand, where he and special guests spin every Friday until closing for the masses.
Fancy yourself a bit of a singer? Get to one of the myriad karaoke nights on the island to test out your singing chops.
Fidel Murphy’s hosts Friday night karaoke from 9:30 – midnight, and The Office Lounge in town has karaoke on Tuesdays from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Spanish night); Wednesdays from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.; and Saturdays from 9 p.m. – midnight. They aren’t the only ones.
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