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Charlotte Amalie
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June 29, 2003 – Nearly 2,000 fans flocked to the Winston Wells Ballpark in Cruz Bay on Saturday night for a soca/reggae concert featuring popular performers from London, Trinidad and the Virgin Islands.
Organizers working with St. John's July 4th Celebration called the 2003 Musical Mix a success, and concertgoers agreed, crowding the sound stage until the last note was played in the predawn hours of Sunday morning.
The show began at 8 p.m. Saturday with performances by five-time V.I. Calypso Monarch Whadablee and St. John calypsonian Super T. Imaginations Brass rocked the house, warming up the audience for Trinidadian dancehall artist Militant.
Headliner Maxi Priest appeared around 1:30 a.m., performing his hits "I Just Want to Be Close to You," "That Girl" and "Just a Little Bit Longer." Encouraging the crowd to join in on the choruses, he kept the audience bouncing for nearly two hours.
Fans ranged from the young to the young at heart who were closer to their party days when the London reggae star's hits were just hitting the music charts. St. John property manager Nancy Hedlund bubbled and jammed among a tight clutch of friends. Her only regret was that she came planning to flick her Bic, concert-style, only to have it taken in the security check.
"I like it. I only walked in here, and they took my cigarette lighter," she said. But, she added, "My son's here, and we're having a good time."
Elizabeth Pichardo, on the other hand, had maxed out on the music by the time Maxi Priest appeared, preferring the dancehall sounds of Militant and the music of Imagi. "I think he should have come on more timely. He's not that hot. All these songs are old," she said.
For Leona Smith, chair of the St. John Festival and Cultural Organization, the Musical Mix was rewarding. Perched on a car bumper taking a break from serving fans at the concession stand around 2:30 a.m., she said that in two years of bringing top-name musical acts for the traditional calypso show, the event has become the celebration's No. 1 draw at the ballpark, surpassing the St. John Festival Queen pageant as the top ticket seller.
Proceeds were split with the show promoters, Westline Productions, Smith said. And, she added, the committee will plan a similar event for 2004, when St. John will have its 50th celebration.

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