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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Talk Reggae Ft. Ras-I & The Revelationz

Talk Reggae Ft. Ras-I & The Revelationz

Greetings roadies! Back again with another episode of #downdiroadLIVE, this with our friend Ras-I & his band The Revelationz! The last time we saw Ras-I on #DownUPDiRoad was on a more personal level as Immanuel, on a trip to Shanty Man's ital restaurant (that video is doing well on YouTube by the way go check it!)   Talk Reggae was held on January 23rd at 22 Jerk in Kingston JA, and featured Ras-I as the main performer joined by a few of his collaborators (Blvk H3ro, Runkus, Royal Blu & Jesse Royal). It was a fun filled night, and personally I've really enjoyed Ras-I's growth as a musician. This is the third installment of #downdiroadLIVE featuring Ras-I, and if you take the time and look back the growth is evident. Check out the photo gallery & video below & look out for more event coverage soon! -Doofy Ras-I & The Revelationz - TALK REGGAE LIVE   TALK REGGAE [Photo Gallery] ...
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The Listening Party – A Unique Experience

The Listening Party – A Unique Experience

Greetings roadies! Finally, The Listening Party has returned after a hiatus of over a year!   Crafted by Dj Stamma & LatyKim, The Listening Party was birthed as a showcase that focuses on music producers, who are granted the opportunity to share their past, current and future productions with the "listening" audience. Held at 22 Jerk on Saturday January 19, 2019 the event featured sets from a variety of disk jockeys and producers. The event started with an electric set from Pseudokhule, who were assisted by the Listening Party boss herself Ms. Latykim, as well as singer GIHRL and Scantana. There was also a special performance from upcoming singjay Blvk H3ro who lit up the stage with his energy. Next up Noah Issa took the stage to re-energize the crowd with an EDM focused dj set, filled with dancehall remixes and bootlegs. Producer KRS was next up, and he definitely connected with the crowd while sharing his productions (special big ups to him...
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#DownDiRoad – The Travel Series

#DownDiRoad – The Travel Series

#DownDiRoad is an independent Jamaican focused online travel series, originally created as a visual component to the blog posts written on downdiroad.com. Here we will have EVERY episode of the series, all in one place! Visuals directed, produced, recorded & edited by Duane 'Doofy' Phillips et al, courtesy of DDRMedia JA Remember to subscribe to the @downdiroadja Youtube channel! http://youtube.com/downdiroadja ENJOY THE VIDEOS! LIKE THE VIDEOS! SHARE THE VIDEOS! SUBSCRIBE TO THE CHANNEL!!!!!!   SZN 4 #DownDiRoad – Episode 8 - OFF ROADING ON THE FARM - April 16, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 7 - FRENCHMAN'S COVE w/ the Marbana Crew - April 6, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 6 - JAMAICA RUM FESTIVAL - March 20, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 5 - BLACK FLEET MARKET - March 9, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 4 - A HIKE TO KWAME FALLS - February 17, 2019   #DownDiRoad – Episode 3 - Blue Mountain Culinary Trail - EITS CAFE, Cafe Blue, Holywell - January 13, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 2 - Calby's Place Hidden Beauty - #DownDiRoad Tours - December 2, 2018  #DownDiRoad – Episode 1 -...
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WINE TINGS with a WineMaker.

WINE TINGS with a WineMaker.

"Making good wine is a skill, fine wine is an art." - Robert Mondavi Now most people who know me personally, know that when you say wine, you’re literally speaking my love language. Among my friends, I’m the Yneaux [wino]; primarily because I am known for my erudition and indulgence of all things wine. Simply, wine is everything. And that’s not to boast, that’s just how intrigued and passionate I am about the whole experience from grape to glass.   A self-taught connoisseur of wine and all it entails, wine has been a passion and an intimate part of my life for the better part of six years and I foresee many more years to come. But my sojourn with wine, hasn’t just led to nights of imbibing, it’s undoubtedly expanded and improved my palate to be able to identify and discern flavours in foods. Which has impacted my cooking too. It’s a whole food thing and I love it!   What’s been super cool...
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LIVE from KGN

LIVE from KGN

Greetings roadies! It has been a busy Christmas, but on December 22 the squad headed out to Skyline Levels for LIVE from KGN which was the first all female edition of the event curated by Protoje and Jason Panton. Hosted by Kamila McDonald, the event featured performances from Yanah I, Naomi Cowan, Sevana, Lila Ika & Koffee, with special appearances also from Carlene Davis & Jaz Elise. Check out our videos below as well as the photo gallery.   EVENT RECAP   KOFFEE - TOAST   SEVANA - NOBODY MAN (LIVE)   LIVE from KGN Photo Gallery ...
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REVOLT 2019 – Rebellion Band Launch

REVOLT 2019 – Rebellion Band Launch

Greetings roadies! This is it! The Rebellion carnival band spearheaded by M7 Events, Solid Agency, Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons have finally made their entry with REVOLT 2019! The band launch & costume presentation was held on Saturday December 8th and it was fun filled & full of energy. The event featured appearances from international Amara La Negra, and performances from Beenie Man as well as band leaders Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons.   You know the squad had to be there to capture the moments, so check out the photo gallery & recap video below!   Revolt 2019 Photo Gallery ...
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Hidden Beauty – DownDiRoad JA Tours Edition

Hidden Beauty – DownDiRoad JA Tours Edition

Greetings Roadies! What can I say? It's been a long journey since I started this blog. When I first started this blog, Hidden Beauty was one of the first places I shared with the readers, and I'm pleased to share our return. As a collective we have decided to pursue our tour service, and this video you are about to view is the inaugural trip. It was a day filled with adventure & many group activities which our patrons fully enjoyed. Check it out right here, and subscribe to the YouTube channel for more adventures. Look out for more tours in 2019! ...
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Jam We A Jam

Jam We A Jam

Greetings Roadies! It has been some time but we have another #downdiroadLIVE video for your viewing pleasure! You know downdiroad.com crew are big fans of the new & upcoming generation of Jamaican musicians. One of it's rising acts Giark recently executed the first staging of his jam session, simply dubbed Jam We A Jam. The event was held on Friday November 24th at Stones Throw on Mannings Hill road, and featured performances from Courtni, Blvk H3ro, Jaz Elise, Kalexx (Ft. Project & Artikal), as well as the man himself Giark closing the show. Check out some clips from the video below & remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!   JAM WE A JAM PHOTO GALLERY ...
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Cosmopolitan 2019 – XODUS Carnival Band Launch

Cosmopolitan 2019 – XODUS Carnival Band Launch

Greetings roadies!   With only one more band launch left in the season, the XODUS Carnival family have finally made their debut with Cosmopolitan 2019, held at 36 Hope Road on Saturday November 24, 2018. The fans were out in their numbers & the downdiroad.com crew had to be in the building to capture some moments. It wasn't as much as we were used to due to some technical difficulties, but check out the photo gallery below & ensure you watch the newest #chippinDownDiRoad recap video!     ...
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