I-Octane, Holt & Sibbles Adds New Excitement To Powerful Lineup As Momentum Builds For Inaugrual Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival

The addition of reggae sensation I-Octane, veteran singers John Holt and Leroy Sibbles as performers for this year’s inaugural staging of the eagerly anticipated Reggae Rhythm & Blues festival on Labor Day Sunday, September 4 at Roy Wilkins Park in St Albans Queens, NY has triggered a new wave of excitement for the event, a pleasant development beyond initial projections, organizers announced today.
“We got a mad rush of calls to our offices once the new lineup was announced Saturday last” said Louie Grant, VP of Irie Jam Media, organizers of the festival.

“We have since seen soaring activity on both our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the reggaerhythmandblues.com web site. Authorized ticket outlets have also indicated brisker business activity in the past few days” he said.

I-Octane who has been exciting music fans in Europe, Japan, Jamaica, Canada and coast to coast here in the USA will be making his very first performance at an outdoor festival in NY. He is excited about the event and can’t wait to deliver a solid performance for fans.

“It’s a good feeling for me to perform in NY because I’ve been coming here and laying the foundation from the beginning of the year. I’ve been working hard to have the people know me and love the music, so the fact that I can now come and perform on such a major event makes me feel good. I’m looking forward to it…They (fans) can expect a high energy performance. Every time I perform I like to do it as if it’s my last time so I use all my energy. The fire will be hot!!” he disclosed.

In speaking about his current success on the international stage, Octane said, “Naturally I have to give thanks to Jah because none of my success could happen without him. But a lot of credit also goes to my team. I work hard and do my best with the music, but it’s my team that goes out and promotes me and gets my messages out there. Finally, the fans, they are the ones who have accepted me and support me.”

In terms of what next for him, the singer said consistency is a big thing for him. “I really want to be consistent with my music but I also want to take it to a higher level, get some more exposure in some wider markets and have the brand I-Octane become known worldwide” he reiterated.

When asked about shearing the stage with R&B legends Babyface and Monica Octane said, “I’m honored to be able to share the stage with both of them. They are great artistes.” While he has not been approached to do collaboration with either Monica or Babyface, he said if contacted, he would certainly welcome the opportunity. “I’m always open to working with great artistes who share my vision, so if the opportunity presents itself and we’re on the same page, that would be good, matter of fact, it would be sssiiiiccckkkk!” he said

This year’s inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues concert has garnered unwavering support and popularity for music lovers in the tri-state area eager to see R&B stars Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Monica, DJ Mavado, Tarrus Riley and soca king Machel Montano.

The festival is expected to attract coverage from a number of international media entities including Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine and Hip Hop World. ER TV, Onstage and CVM TV are expected to provide post coverage of the event in Jamaica.