The Labor Day Holiday Weekend in New York City is highly celebrated throughout the Tri-state area but even more so by its Caribbean diaspora. With well over one million patrons taking in the Festivities and Parades, the melting pot borough of Brooklyn is definitely the place to be over the holiday weekend. On this happening Caribbean celebration, Jammins Events in association with Live Nation recognized the need to fuse the sound of the Islands’ both Soca and Reggae music in one major concert thus we have – ‘Soca Meets Reggae on the Beach’. The concert is schedule for Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk will feature several of the Caribbean’s top headliners: Trinidad’s biggest entertainer Machel Montano, Jamaica’s Dancehall fire man, Capleton, Jamaica’s singing sensation, Tarrus Riley along with other acts like Lyrikal, New Kingston, Fojo and Adrian Dutchin. “Soca Meets Reggae on the Beach” concert will be an illustration of great music, mouthwatering cuisines, vibrant and colorful flags, and exhilarating energy of the Caribbean. Doors Open 5:00pm and Showtime promptly at 6:00pm.
Born in Port of Spain Trinidad, Machel Montano was destined to be great. Machel is constantly working toward his mission of successfully ushering Soca into the realm of mainstream music. He has performed at several NY landmark venues: Madison Square Garden, Governor’s Island and Barclays Center. Also receiving awards such as the Bob Marley Award Entertainer of the Year 2007 and BET J Virtual Awards for Best Caribbean Artiste of the Year. He has created worldwide Soca anthems such as “One Wine”, “Like Ah Boss”, “The Fog”, “Vibes Cyah Done”, and “Waiting on the Stage”.
Capleton aka “The Fireman”
Born Clifton George Bailey III, in the rural parish of St. Mary, Capleton earned his future stage name from friends who were so impressed with his sharp reasoning skills that they named him after the most famous lawyer in town. This bright promising newcomer announced his arrival with a string of hit songs from “Bumbo Red”, “Number One on the Look Good Chart”, “Lotion Man”. Capleton is now at the height of his powers. 1999 and 2000 have brought a ceaseless string of sound system favorite and dancehall chart toppers like the anti-violence anthem “Tour” “Jah Jah City” and “Good in Her Clothes”.
Tarrus Riley’s foray into music was inevitable. Son of veteran Reggae singer Jimmy Riley, the talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music. In 2004, he released his debut album, Challenges he followed it up with his mega album Parables in 2006 which sprung hit song such as “She’s Royal”, “Stay with You” and “Superman”. Riley has consistently racked up awards for his work such as the EWE Award and Reggae Academy Awards. His latest hit single “Gimme Likkle on Drop” is currently climbing the charts.
Trinidadian born Devon “Lyrikal” Martin started singing in the church choir at the age seven. After realizing he could actually sing, he began participating in school talent shows and neighborhood block parties. The experience was life changing, as he has opened for the Wutang Clan at Club Wave and Sean Paul at St George, Staten Island. His music has taken him on tour to London, Bermuda, Toronto, Bermuda, North America and the Caribbean. Lyrikal has built an extensive catalog, and has released several hits including “Conquer Meh”, “Loner”, “Dip and Roll”, “All Over De Gyal”, and countless collaborations with leading artistes. He recently released his first album “The Journey” in July 2016.