America’s Cup Local Band Named “4-Forty-1″

April 6, 2017

April 6th marks exactly 50 days to go until the America’s Cup begins at 5.00pm on 26th May, when the Great Sound will play host to the first race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with Oracle Team USA taking on Groupama Team France in race one.

The ACBDA said that celebrating the 50 days-to-go milestone is also the perfect occasion to unveil more details about the official America’s Cup band which will be performing throughout the America’s Cup event in May and June, both in the America’s Cup Village and other locations across Bermuda.

The band was formed from a public vote that was cast to find Bermuda’s finest musical talent, and now the eight-piece group is firmly into rehearsals, and until now has been known only as the ‘the band’. Now they have taken on their official name: 4-Forty-1.

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“To Bermudians, 4-Forty-1 is instantly recognizable as the three-digit area code of Bermuda, so picking such a uniquely Bermuda-related name for the band was a simple, instantly memorable choice,” the ACBDA said.

The band members are:

  • Dave Pitman – Saxophonist /Guitarist
  • Jesse Seymour – Lead Vocalist
  • Torrey Tacklyn – Bassist
  • Troy Washington Sr. – Drummer
  • Raven Baksh – Female Vocalist/Guitarist
  • Leroy Francis – Keyboardist
  • Tony Hay – Guitarist
  • Robert Edwards – Musical Director/Keyboardist

4-Forty-1 Bermuda April 2017 (2)

“Also announced today is that 4-Forty-1 will be performing for the first time at the official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place from 8.30pm on Friday 26th May in the America’s Cup Village.

“Tickets are still available for the Opening Ceremony and the first day of racing, starting at 5.00pm, from here. With demand for day one tickets high, anyone interested in joining the action on May 26th is advised to book now to avoid missing out.

“More details will soon be announced about the other acts taking part in the Opening Ceremony, with 4-Forty-1 the very first to have their names confirmed on the first night bill. Join us as we welcome 4-Forty-1!

“In addition, 4-Forty-1 will be playing throughout May and June in the America’s Cup Village and a full schedule will be available closer to the start of the events via www.americascup.com.”

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  1. Hope says:

    Is there any information available yet on ferry schedules for the A/Cup period?

  2. Lady Bug says:

    Amazing!! Can’t wait to hear them! What a great idea to bring talented locals together – all the best to them.

  3. Mike Hind says:

    Love this! Congrats, all! Can’t wait to see you play!

  4. Fan of Original says:

    but we already have… never mind. SMH!

  5. Original Truth says:

    What happened to the other local artists and their opportunities to perform at the AC Village? Haven’t heard any announcements about that?

    • Mike Hind says:

      As far as I know, based on the information given at some of the meetings, the initial slate of 64 or-so slots got bumped up to significantly more as other venues decided they wanted entertainment – read: more opportunities for local acts to play – and this, combined with the late date of getting the actual schedule of events (something that is standard for the AC, apparently) has caused a delay in booking the events in the Village.
      I stand to be corrected.

      Having said that, there ARE other opportunities out there. Various venues in Dockyard, and, in fact, around the island, have been looking for entertainment, as well as St. George’s lifting the fees for busking in the Old Towne. I believe Hamilton and Dockyard are looking at similar ideas, as well. If yer good and get out there and hustle and get your name out there and beat the streets, there are gigs all over this summer.

    • De Truth says:

      Not gonna happen because the lady in charge has a special tie with Jesse Seymour so we will all enjoy only him from what I heard and it will mostly be ” Cover Tunes”. So sad!!! We have so much more Local Talent here and went thru the proper channels to perform but you all know how it goes… Personalities over Principals!!!!

      • Mike Hind says:

        How do you know this? No one that I know has heard what the schedule is.
        Do you have information others don’t?

  6. Sensitive_Guy says:

    Personally I don’t care or want to even see anything pertaining to AC. Definitely not interested…Watch who makes off with the $’s once it’s over.

    • Mike Hind says:

      All of us will. Well, all of us that hustle and take advantage of the opportunities that the AC is provide and don’t cross our arms and sulk because other people are going to make more than us.

      What, exactly, is your problem with the AC?

  7. Righteousness says:

    This looks like some sellout bizniz. No disrespect to the musicians but where is the Bermuda culture in the marketing of this band. What are they wearing? They look like mannequins in English Sport Shop. I dont like the image of the band….sellout! PUT ON SOME ONION ATTIRE and represent Americas Cup As A Bermudian Band.

    • Mike Hind says:

      Exactly! They should be wearing, like, Bermuda shorts and Docksiders or something!

      Oh, wait.

  8. PBanks says:

    Is it a coincidence that most of the band members have glasses? Feel like Argus Optical should be the lead sponsor :)

    Anyway, good luck to the group and hope they make a good name for themselves during this event.

    • Zevon says:

      Four out of eight? That’s “most” of them? Maybe someone else around here needs glasses….

      • Toodle-oo says:

        ok , you just had to make me do a double check .
        Guess what ? It’s not PB that needs glasses after all !

      • Time Shall Tell says:

        Zevon scroll down to the bottom picture, there are 5 out of the 8 wearing glasses but really.. Does it matter? I am interested in their talent & not their prescription glasses but I guess some people just need something to complain about no matter how petty the issue.

        • Zevon says:

          Ha! Ok five.

          • PBanks says:

            Heh, you made me double-check myself Zevon. We can all go get our eyes checked together.

            Oh and Time, if you interpreted that comment as finding something to complain about, then you should come along for the exam as well.

    • Cavel says:

      Of Course the little boy who sings Calypso who won in St. Kitts did not get picked for the Village. Guess that is not part of Bermuda’s culture.

      • Mike Hind says:

        Did he send in his name for consideration?

        And how do you know he didn’t get picked?
        No one I know has been told their dates yet.
        Do you have information others don’t?

        • Cavel says:

          Of course he sent in his information music and videos and on time. His mother got an email saying he did not get picked.

          • Mike Hind says:

            Picked for the band or to play in the Village?
            How old is he? There may be an age problem. I know that the Simons Brothers weren’t allowed to play in some places because of age.
            What is the little boy’s name? I’ll look into this. Everyone should have an opportunity.

            • Cavel says:

              He was applying to perform in the village on the family day because of the age restrictions he is 12. His name is Terron Webb. (Jr. Calypso King 2 peat of St. Kitts and Nevis). You can search him on the bernews.com site to see articles on him.

              • Mike Hind says:

                Cool. That might have been a factor. I’ll look into it and see what I can find out.

              • PBanks says:

                That’s too bad, both for him and for people living here who don’t often get a chance to hear live calypso, especially from a youngster.

                Hopefully he’ll get an opportunity to perform here in some capacity in the very near future.

                • Cavel says:

                  His mother is thankful for all your support and yes he will be performing at the BHW as he has done a soca song for a competition here too.

                  The song is called Heroes Weekend it has been playing on the radio already.

          • Mike Hind says:

            And I apologize if I offended with my question, but it is sadly legitimate.
            I was shocked to hear a number of people complaining that they weren’t picked to play, both in the band and at the Village, but never auditioned or sent their information in.

            We’re getting amazing opportunities handed to us, if we want to hustle and get out there and do it, but it seems that even that isn’t enough for some.

      • bdaboy says:

        “Of Course the little boy who sings Calypso who won in St. Kitts did not get picked for the Village.”

        probably wasn’t good enough

        • Cavel says:

          You are a sad person if you can say that, no support for young boys, and then adults complain when they don’t do constructive things.

          Well well….

      • Mike Hind says:

        Just want to clarify a few things… and this is all just my opinion and doesn’t come from the AC in any way, shape or form.

        This young man… does he have a band? Are there musicians backing him? Or is it just him with backing tracks? Because that might be a factor.
        Can he do a full set? Or is it just one or two songs? That might be a factor.

        I just want to be clear. I don’t think this is actually about him singing calypso not being “part of our culture” and probably has more to do with many other factors.

        • Cavel says:

          It’s fine Mike, don’t stress about it, his mother is not bothered with the Bermudian drama he is doing extremely well where he is and his making money doing his thing where he lives. I guess this is one of the reasons she left the island with him in the first place to much negativity towards people who try to do positive things.

  9. Rasta says:

    Preppy look, will fit in!

  10. Righteousness says:

    THIS ISLAND IS TOO DAMN SMALL FOR PEOPLE NOT TO KNOW WHO IS TALENTED….I HAVE LISTENED OLD AND CURRENT TALENT SINCE THE 80s…ITS SO EASY TO FIND TALENT >>> THE PROBLEM IS AFTER THEY FIND IT…THERE ARE ONLY CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO CAN GROOM THEM AND HELP THEM TO PREPARE FOR SUCH A EVENT. SO WHAT THEY DO IS PUT A FEW GOOD MEN TOGETHER AND THEN GET CORNY WITH IT!