New York Steelband Panorama 2009 Preview
Still no ‘Carlos Lezama Outdoor Theater’ or ‘Rudy King Performance Center’
New York, USA - In a couple of weeks one of the greatest musical contests on the North American continent will commence. The New York exposé of the annual steelband music competition branded as “Panorama” all over the world, takes place on September 5th at the Brooklyn Museum Grounds. The New York amalgamation of this Trinidad and Tobago (the steelpan birth place) creation, is unique and full of artistic intrigue, drama and expectations -- not to mention, politics. In addition, the event is tracked, followed and reviewed by tens of thousands of music lovers all over the world. The panorama enthusiasts can be fervent, passionate and emotionally tied to all aspects of the occasion.
The conservative estimate is that the Labor Day carnival festivities contribute upwards of $200,000,000.00 (two hundred million dollars) to the New York City economy. The New York Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets have all gotten new stadiums. And the Nets will soon have a stadium in Brooklyn. Yet there still is no performance facility that caters to the needs and specifics of the carnival activities.
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