On Saturday March 4th, Jamaican reggae superstar Chronixx took over Irving Plaza for the first of two shows at the Manhattan venue. Chronixx was joined by a talented entourage that included his backing band Zincfence Redemption, Jah9, and Kelissa. Chronixx and crew rocked the sold-out venue until the early hours of Sunday morning, mixing in material from his upcoming album Chronology alongside a steady selection of his past hits.
The late night show began with a powerful performance from Jah9, born Janine Cunningham. Backed by Zincfence Redemption, the Jamaican singer rattled off a handful of songs from her two albums 9 and New Name, while also providing some spoken word between songs. Jah9's voice was most impressive on her tracks “Humble Mi” and “New Name,” switching back-and-forth between sweet notes and forceful ones.
With the crowd already thoroughly packed in, Jah9 exited the stage, and with hardly any hesitation Chronixx skipped up to the mic, Zincfence Redemption holding the beat steady behind him.
Chronixx opened with Alpha & Omega, the lead track off his impressive 2014 EP Dread & Terrible. Donning a stylish yellow zip-up, the 24-year old sensation was in full control from the moment he entered the room. Next, Chronixx rolled through spirited versions of “Eternal Fire,” “Roots & Chalice,” “Ain't No Giving In,” and “They Don't Know.” After playing some reliable hits, Chronixx took the opportunity to show off some new music, including “Majesty,” the first single off of the soon to be released Chronology album. Later in the show he performed another new track, the upbeat dancehall anthem “Likes.”