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Damian Marley headlines Jamaica night - Final event of Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree on today

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Damian Marley

The ultra-luxurious Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York, is the top-grossing US venue for concerts. According to Billboard magazine, the venue has sold more concert tickets in the first six months of 2013 than any other venue in the United States, with ticket sales gross revenue at US$46.9m.

This weekend, fresh from the MTV Video Awards, Barclays welcomed three consecutive nights of Caribbean music to its main stage, an unprecedented feat in the venue's history.

Friday night's opening of Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree celebrated the Creole music of the French Caribbean islands while last night had the hottest soca sensations.

Tonight, the venue is expected to explode with the hypnotic rhythms of reggae, a night that will be headlined by the genre's new heir apparent, Damian Marley.

"Doing not one but three consecutive nights of concerts here in Brooklyn is a big gamble for us," event promoter Steven Williams told The Sunday Gleaner.

"Our single-night concerts as Irie Jamboree were very successful, but moving from a park in Queens to the Barclays is clearly taking the event to a whole new level. It says a lot about the impact and the penetration of Caribbean culture in New York City," he continued.

That impact of which Williams speaks is undeniable. The concerts were taking place over Labor Day Carnival weekend, a time when more than three million revellers were expected out to party.

Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree was expected to be this year's crown jewel in the annual Brooklyn Carnival, an important highlight on the New York City calendar of events.

Because of the economic impact of three million people spending, the city takes the celebrations seriously, and both Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree and the Barclays were hoping to hit the jackpot.

Other acts on tonight's line-up are I-Octane, Lady Saw - in her last scheduled New York City dancehall performance, Shabba Ranks, and Capleton.