A betting man since his early teens, Marvin “Horseman” Pitterson likes the percentages for his Stars R Us show which takes place November 26 at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.
It has been two years because the ‘vintage’ show was held at that venue, and Pitterson has a great feeling he’s backing a winner.
“After COVID cool down we decided to get things together. We already had the artistes in mind so the one thing left to be done was confirmation,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Several of the artistes who’ve made Stars R Us popular because it was first held in 2000 are on the comeback event. They include Leroy Sibbles, Ken Boothe, Big Youth, George Nooks, Derrick Morgan, and Johnny Clarke.
Gem Myers and special guest Wesrok complete the line-up.
The Jamaican entertainment scene shut down for nearly two years as a consequence of COVID-19, which emerged in early 2020. Shows like Stars R Us, which caters to a mature audience, were hard-hit, seeing that seniors were most vulnerable to the pandemic.
With anxiety across the devastating plague now not at fever pitch, Pitterson revealed that fans encouraged him to make a return.
“People start talking to me, asking about Stars R Us. They said they’ve not been to a show in a protracted time, especially a vintage show, and I agreed,” he said.
A former jockey, Pitterson has been the resident photographer at Caymanas Park for a few years. But he also has a powerful music link; his older brother is Karl Pitterson who was engineer for Bob Marley’s Kaya album and producer for Steel Pulse’s classic album, True Democracy.
He began Stars R Us during a rocksteady revival in Jamaica, a renaissance that began within the Nineteen Nineties with the Heineken Startime event. Pitterson is confident of a powerful turnout next month.
“Unquestionably, we definitely expect a great crowd,” he stated.