Exploring Folly Ruins

Exploring Folly Ruins

Greetings my side! Big up all the roadies! A few weekends ago, we headed out to Portland to shoot a scene for an upcoming #DownDiRoad special. In between locations we stopped at this place called Folly Ruins. Now every time I drive through Port Antonio, I have always passed the Folly cricket oval & heard that an old mansion was up there. The story behind the circumstances that lead to the mansion being dilapidated is very interesting to say the least. History: Alfred Mitchell, a businessman from Salem, Connecticut, visited Port Antonio with his wife Annie Tiffany, heiress to the Tiffany fortune, in the early 1900's. Having fallen in love with the town, in 1905 they purchased land at Folly Point and constructed an elaborate home. The mansion was built as a replica of a Roman villa and boasted 60 rooms, marble floors, glass window and wooden doors. The Mitchell's lived in the home until 1911 when Alfred Mitchell died at the age...
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Inner Ear: The Silent Headphone Acoustic Experience

Inner Ear: The Silent Headphone Acoustic Experience

Greetings roadies! At this point downdiroad.com is almost a music blog LOL! I know there has been a lot of music content rolling out, but it's just the DDR culture man; we have to keep things covered over here! On June 23rd we took a drive out to Montego Bay for Inner Ear: The Silent Headphone Acoustic Experience. It was a joy & the experience was next to none. Check out our recap video & photo gallery below. More to come!   Bless -Doofy   INNER EAR: AFTERMOVIE Inner Ear: Photo Gallery ...
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South Coast Par: The DownDiRoad Tours St. Elizabeth Experience

South Coast Par: The DownDiRoad Tours St. Elizabeth Experience

Greetings roadies! Back again! [Kaci Fennell voice]   It feels like it's been forever since I've been here, but what can I say? Life happens, but #DownDiRoad is forever! You can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the images from our South Coast Par, but keep reading through for a short history lesson. Let's flashback to December 2018 when we hosted a small group of our friends for a prelude to the then upcoming DownDiRoad Tours project. [Check out HIDDEN BEAUTY – DOWNDIROAD JA TOURS EDITION] Our Hidden Beauty: River Par was an amazing time and we promised there would be something official in 2019. So happy to say that we finally did it! On June 8th, 2019 the team hosted our first official tour dubbed; the South Coast Par!   The idea was simple. We wanted to go somewhere that was a bit under explored by Kingstonians, but still had a lot of appeal. St. Elizabeth just seemed like a no brainer and we decided...
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#chippinDownDiRoad – 2019

#chippinDownDiRoad – 2019

Greetings Roadies! Finally, the madness has ended. It was a crazy carnival week in Jamaica & another successful jump day as revellers took to the street for the Jamaica carnival road march on April 28th, 2019. You can't have a road focused event without downdiroad.com being in attendance, & we were there again for another year in the streets for Jamaica carnival. The bands have witnessed exponential growth and it was a fun filled day for all. We have coverage coming to you from a few of the events leading up to Jump Day, as well as our JUMP DAY 2019 video so follow our social media pages for updates! Check out #chippinDownDiRoad - 2018  JUMP DAY 2019 [Carnival in Jamaica 2019] MACHEL MONTANO X SKINNY FABULOUS - FAMALAY [LIVE @ I LOVE SOCA] ILOVE SOCA JAMAICA - CARNIVAL WEEK 2019 [I LOVE SOCA 2019] CAESAR'S ARMY - A.M.BUSH ARMAGEDDON 2019 [AM.BUSH ARMAGEDDON 2019] KES THE BAND - SAVANNAH GRASS [TOTR LIVE PERFORMANCE] [TUESDAY ON THE ROCKS 2019] MARBANA - EASTER WEEKEND...
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Frenchman’s Cove w/ the Marbana Crew

Frenchman’s Cove w/ the Marbana Crew

Greetings roadies! Do good & good will follow! For some time it has been our prerogative to showcase Jamaica and it's beauty. Portland has been a parish that we visit quite often & we have featured several Portland locations on this blog & on our #DownDiRoad travelogue. For Easter weekend 2018 the crew took a trip out to Portland as we made the decision to attend this little event called Marbana. Let me tell you, by little I am being modest Lol. This event for the regular Jamaican may be classified as "expensive" (the tickets start at JMD $12,000 & go upwards over time). Though "expensive" the DDR collective believe in paying for experiences, and Marbana is just that. Picture the beautiful scenery of Frenchman's Cove, transformed in a playground of joy. Beautiful women. Delectable food. Booze to fill your hearts content. Music from all eras. M7 has created a beautiful product in Marbana, and once a consumer can access this product, they...
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JA Rum Fest 2019

JA Rum Fest 2019

Greetings roadies! No long talking today! Rum Fest was definitely a hit! From the organization to execution, it was an all around lovely affair. Check out our highlights below. JA RUM FESTIVAL 2019 AIDONIA - YEAH YEAH LIVE @ RUM FEST   JA RUM FESTIVAL 2019 PHOT GALLERY ...
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A Matter of Time LIVE

A Matter of Time LIVE

    Greetings roadies! A few weeks ago I went out to cover this event from Protoje! A Matter of Time LIVE Protoje has recently earned himself a Grammy nomination from this album, and it was probably his first time performing these songs in Jamaica. I won't dive too much into it because our good friends over at Bashy Magazine were the ones who made it all possible! We did a big collaboration and they have the rundown right here over on bashymagazine.com [ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF US 8-) ]. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT AT PROTOJE'S "A MATTER OF TIME: LIVE" HOMECOMING SHOW   Check out the #downdiroadLIVE coverage of Protoje's - A Matter of Time LIVE concert up top, as well as out photo gallery below! Blessings -Doofy ...
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A Hike to Kwame Falls

A Hike to Kwame Falls

  Greetings roadies! Have you ever been to Kwame Falls? Have you ever even heard of it? Well here's the run down! So I know this travel group that goes by the name "Island Explorers" (check them out on IG @island_explorers). Now the Island Explorers invited me to help them capture a promotional video for an upcoming trip they had.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity because: 1. You haffi buss the yutes! 2. Who says no to a trip to the country??? At 7AM we started our journey to St. Mary. The early morning temperature was perfectly cool, and the drive from out of Kingston to Strawberry Fields Together was a little over a hour at most. Kwame Falls is a hidden waterfall located in Robins Bay, St. Mary. You can get there via a hike or via boat, which leaves Strawberry Fields Together. Strawberry Fields Together is a beach and camp ground that's probably one of the main attractions in Robins Bay. You can safely...
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Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

  Greetings roadies! It has been literal months since I wrote a proper blog post & what can I say? Not much... LOL. downdiroad.com has & always will remain the personal blog of me; Duane Marc Phillips, but with time comes growth & with growth comes change. For some time now the blog has seen a significant shift to music & event coverage, which was a calculated decision needed for growth of the #downdiroadLIVE sub-series. I do want to assure you roadies out there to fret not because at the center of it all will always remain #DownDiRoad the original travel series. All of the sub-series that have been created as a culmination of my efforts are extensions of #DownDiRoad, and I will never stray far from the root of it all - travel! With that said, let me take you back to this video I did in January. I never wrote about it so here's a quick rundown. The Blue Mountain Culinary Trail is an effort...
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