Situated in the heart of downtown Nassau, Pirate Republic Brewing Company played host to one of the island’s hottest bands, Willis & the Illest. On March 1 st , the leading Bahamian band premiered their new, upcoming album with a live, acoustic performance in Pirate Republic’s historic alley located on Woodes Rogers Walk. Welcomed by infamous Rum Runners, created for the night by co-sponsor John Watlings, a crowd of over 200 filled the alley and stage area and listened to opening act, KrazyRingo who energized the crowd. “It was a great collaboration of music, local beverages, and fun,” noted John Watlings Managing Partner, Jose Portunondo.
Pirate Republic, which is celebrating its fifth year, as the country’s only craft brewery, hosts live music every Friday either in their taproom or in historic Woodes Rogers Alley. “We are pleased with the turnout tonight, this band truly showcases Bahamian talent” added Alan Willner, Pirate Republic Brewing Company’s, CEO. “As a local Bahamian company we are committed to supporting Bahamian culture and Bahamian artists,” said Willner, “We could not be prouder that Willis and the Illest choose our location to launch songs from their first full-length album, which is set to release later this year.”
Hitting the stage just after 11 pm, the very popular reggae band wowed the audience with a unique and artistic performance. “The new music was very strong,” noted Ernie Blues, a band fan who attended the night as did many of ‘Willis and Illest’ followers. “Their lyrics promote harmony and peace in The Bahamas, and the unplugged format was very cool. I am looking forward to getting their album but it’s great to have a teaser of what they are doing.”
This weekend Pirate Republic Brewing Company will feature two local acts; Kris Sweeting and The SubCulture. On March 22 nd they will host Foreign Sound who will open for well known, Juda & the Truth. To get current updates on Bahamian artists playing at the Pirate Republic Brewery visit their Facebook and Instagram pages or their website @ www.piraterepublicbahamas.com.