Dancehall luminary ‘Popcaan’ to headline festival

International dancehall sensation Popcaan will be performing in George Town this Friday.

Friday marks the first George Town Music and Food Festival on the waterfront in front of Breezes Bistro & Lounge, Harbour Drive.

Inspired by Cayman’s Thanksgiving weekend vibe, event directors Luigi Moxam of One345 Entertainment Group and Donovan Godet are on a mission to provide a unique festival-style experience and entertainment platform in the heart of the capital, featuring Cayman’s top performing artists.

Local talent

The lineup includes James Geary, Shameka Clarke, Neptune, Rico Rolando and many other performing artists, along with top DJs, representing a variety of music, including EDM, Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop and Latin mixes.

These include none other than DJ Royal, Lizzie Curious, DJ MB, and JG (Grammy Award-winning Jason Gilbert).

International dancehall sensation Popcaan, one of the hottest artists from the Caribbean, who just recently signed with superstar Drake, will headline the show.

Popcaan

At age 7, Andre Sutherland, now known as Popcaan, trained himself as a vocalist and performer in the tradition of many of the great Jamaican musicians who came before him. His break came when he was spotted by his idol, Vybz Kartel, at a local talent contest and things took off from there. Taken under Kartel’s wing, Popcaan burst onto the scene with a feature on “Clarks” and never looked back.

As well as a huge local fan base and a dedicated worldwide following, he became the first dancehall artist since Sean Paul to have his track playlisted on the BBC, followed shortly by a place on the U.S. Billboard chart.

Continuing the course to pop stardom, this past year he was featured on both Pusha T’s “Blocka” and Kanye West’s “Yeezus.”

His debut album (released on Mixpak) is executive produced by Dre Skull and features additional productions from Dubbel Dutch, Anju Blaxx, Jamie YVP and Adde Productions.

Lizzie Curious is one of the featured DJs of the night.
Lizzie Curious is one of the featured DJs of the night.

Music and food festival

The inspiration to include food as a featured part of the concept is in recognition of Cayman’s Thanksgiving weekend, on the first weekend in December. It will be represented by a variety of local food vendors and food trucks serving up some of Cayman’s best eats.

“We didn’t want to just have a concert, we wanted to provide a ‘festival style’ experience, where guests can enjoy a variety of genres of live music, food, DJs, and sense of ‘unity within the community’ as we celebrate and recognize our reasons to give thanks,” said Moxam.

“We aimed to encourage the notion of not only talking about ‘revitalizing town,’ but investing ourselves, taking action and doing something about it, in hosting what will be an annual event that highlights the George Town waterfront as a shopping and entertainment district.”

Gates open at 8 p.m. with a special performance by the UCCI Steel Band and the legendary Earl La Pierre, steel pan maestro, followed by a variety of music, entertainment and food vendors.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, with limited exclusive VIP at Breezes Bistro & Lounge for $75, which includes drink and food tickets and front-row access. For VIP reservations and info, email [email protected] Tickets are available at Breezes Bistro, Cayman Cabana, G’s & Gents and HotZone Sports in West Bay.

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