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.”
As hot out the gate as Chronixx was, the middle portion of his set was even hotter. “Smile Jamaica” was followed by “Capture Land,” “Spanish Town Rocking,” “Who Knows,” and “Here Comes Trouble.” Arguably some of Chronixx's biggest fan favorites, depending who you ask. Chronixx also briefly brought Jah9 back out on stage to perform by his side, as well as Jamaican vocalist Kelissa for a pair of songs. Chronixx brought out one final guest for the evening, reggae and dancehall artist Chronicle, who also happens to be Chronixx's father.
Chronixx performed his last couple of tracks including “Spirulina” and a raucous version of “Blaze Up The Fire,” which included a quick tease of Barrington Levy's classic “Sensi.” Electing to forgo an encore, Chronixx simply stayed on stage until Irving Plaza shut it's doors at just about two in the morning.
The show proved just how impressive Chronixx's catalog of music already is. Then you remember he is only 24 years old, and hasn't even released a full-length album yet. Scary stuff. If you missed out on the two nights at Irving Plaza, Chronixx will be performing at the Paramount in Long Island on April 30th.