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I-Octane Takes U.S Labor Day Weekend By Storm

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Using his historic closing performance at Reggae Sumfest 2013 as a launching pad, reggae and dancehall superstar I-Octane continued the momentum by returning to the United States for a whirlwind Labor-Day-Weekend tour. His first Stop was in Delaware where he made his debut at a show dubbed “In DI Dancehall”.

His energetic performance made on impression on the capacity crowd, who came from New York, DC and several of the states in between, and showed their appreciation through thunderous applause and shouts of approval as he sang several of his more popular songs. Reveling in the overwhelming support I-Octane claimed, “It is important for me to come to these markets that do not typically see Reggae and Dancehall shows. I will definitely come back to perform in Delaware”.

On Labor-Day Friday, Octane made his much anticipated debut at Radio Juggernaut-Hot 97 annual star-studded “On the Reggae Tip” show. He delivered a fiery 15 minute set that brought the audience of over 7500 people to their feet. I-Octane was quite happy with this show as he declared, “There is still some ways to go but Hot 97 demonstrated that they are on the right track by producing a reggae-centric show such as this.” Changing up the pace, on Labor-Day Saturday Octane and the Silver Factory Merch Company held an event to officially launch I-Octane’s merchandising line. 

Hosted at Vinnie’s Styles boutique it drew several fashion insiders and bloggers who raved about the collection. The biggest hit was the I-Octane skate board which was the brainchild of the designer Odyssy who indicated, “I was looking for something different and the free-spiritedness of reggae and skateboarding made for a natural marriage”. To celebrate his line, the artist felt compelled to give a 10 minute performance and was backed by 12 year-old DJ prodigy DJ Difference of Livity Movements. 

The artist also took some time out at this event to shoot some scenes for his viral video “Real Talk” that is scheduled to debut in the near future. Starting off the month of September on a fantastic note, I-Octane took to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on September 1st to perform before a crowd of approximately 10, 000 people at Irie Jam’s ‘Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival’. His performance was stellar and electrifying to the point that all of the patrons were on their feet for the entire set. 

Coming off the stage from this performance, I-Octane humbly stated, “It was an honor to perform at this event; I salute Bobby Clarke, Dahved Levy, and the team for their vision to create a three-day Caribbean event of this magnitude. I am also grateful for the opportunity to share my talent with the people”. Although the events previously described in this article were the only scheduled appearances, Octane said that he ‘felt the vibes’ and wanted to continue the energy of touching the people. 

To this end, he surprised guests at Five Alarm Blaze at Webster Hall, Bobby Konders and Jabba’s event at BB King’s in Manhattan, and Squad’s Nightclub in Brooklyn with brief performances. Overall, I-Octane’s performances this entire weekend, demonstrate that he is ready for mainstream success. 

Songs such as “We love the Vibes”, “Gal A Gimme Bun”, and “I.L.O.V.E.Y.O.U.” were infectious and had the mixed crowds singing all of the lyrics. This proves that his music is ready all audiences. Octane is scheduled to finish his Labor-Day-Weekend tour in Richmond, Virginia on Friday September 6th at the Caribbean Pot.
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