RUDEFEST 2016 @ White Eagle Polish Hall
We have taken a nice long rest from an unforgettable summer following Victoria's 17th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival and now we're excited to bring you the first installment of our Fall Fun Season with RUDEFEST 2016. This annual tradition that began four years ago will be just as good as last year. We have ska, reggae, funk and punk all in the mix for dancing and fun from the second you set foot in the hall.
You'll be happy to know as with the tradition with RUDEFEST the show will be all ages w/beverage service for those 19yrs+ w/ID. Those of age will be required to wear an event wristband. And remember to come EARLY so you can catch ALL of the bands. When you have a four band bill you gotta have one start early but that just means there is more fun for everyone!
This year's event will feature DOPE SODA, EVERYBODY LEFT, BAZOOKA PICNIC (featuring members of Five Alarm Funk, Giraffe Aftermath, & Kutapira) & MC UNITE!
Tickets will be $14.50 - $16.50 advance available at Lyle's Place, The Reef, Vinyl Envy, Jupiter Lounge & ticketweb.ca
THE LONG-WAITED RETURN OF BELVEDERE! @ White Eagle Polish Hall
Saturday Nov.12th join the Victoria BC Ska Society for our All Ages Punk Ska line up celebrating over 20 years of Belvedere. Belvedere is on the road promoting their new album “The Revenge Of The Fifth”. The last time the band made an island appearance was an all ages show in 2005 at the Fernwood Community Centre so we thought it would only be suiting to keep the momentum going with beverage garden included.
Be ready for a night of jam packed performances including the sweet ska/reggae of Victoria's Sweetleaf; local high energy punks Fableway and Vancouver's The Brass Action (they call it brasspunk) - ska-punk with a dash of rockabilly and reggae.
Advance tickets available Friday September 9th $14.50 at Lyle's Place, BC Smoke Shop, Vinyl Envy and ticketweb.ca. 2 pieces of governement issued ID for beverage garden patrons.
The Brass Action:
Belvedere – Revenge of the Fifth - 2016
From the band's inception in 1995, Belvedere has continued to push themselves on the road and in the studio. Well over 1000 shows were played in over 25 countries thanks to the help of countless promoters, fans, and friends. Though the band split in 2005, it was clear that these friends would not forget them. In 2011, bridges were mended and reunion shows were announced. Over the next three years Steve, Jason, Scott, and Graham did everything they could to play in as many countries as real life allowed. By the end of 2014, the band decided that it was time to try writing again.
There were two rules when Belvedere decided to write and record their first album in over 12 years. Have a good time, and don’t sound like a bunch of old men..…mission accomplished. “The Revenge Of The Fifth” picks up where their last release “Fast Forward Eats The Tape” left off. Twelve tracks of melodic punk - fast and furious. Though fans of the band will feel a sense of nostalgia for the speed and riffage, they’ll also notice a progression in the song writing. Perhaps even a “juxtaposition” of maturity from 4 immature punkers. The balancing act between raising families and holding steady jobs, and touring the world for 20 years can be heard in many of the lyrics. “Generation Debt” is an apology letter to our children for the world we’ve left to them, while “Carpe per diem” is a summary of basement show tours that spanned the band’s first six years. An expression of hope is found in “Revenge of the fifth” which hinges on the idea that we’re all ultimately responsible for taking care of the human race and the planet; and to stop looking to a higher power for forgiveness or answers.
The addition of Casey Lewis on drums has given the band a new excitement and passion. Fans will be happy to hear the band hasn’t slowed down or toned down the shredding. 2016 looks to be a great year as Belvedere will be hitting South America, Europe, Canada and a few other places. Watch out for May 5th, 2016 when Belvedere’s fifth album, “The Revenge Of The Fifth” hits the real and digital world.
THE SLACKERS' 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (VICTORIA SHOW) @ Sugar
It's hard to believe that THE SLACKERS Brooklyn's kings of ska are now celebrating 25 successful years of bringing the world joy, peace and protest in all their colours. Through it all the band has produced the greatest volume of albums of any ska/reggae band of the third wave era. Now fittingly they have a new self-titled album called "The Slackers" with more of that Slackers goodness fans across the world have grown to love.
It was on 4/20 of 2000 that The Slackers first came to Victoria and played at The Limit and ever since that first visit the band has come to many times to count performing with numerous local bands at Victoria's Annual Ska & Reggae Festival and year round presentations.
The guests of honour on this show will be Portland's The Sentiments, Nanaimo's Boomshack and Victoria's own More than Mayhem!
THE SLACKERS' 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (VANCOUVER SHOW) @ Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver BC
Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to present a special four band bill featuring THE SLACKERS, The Sentiments, The Valuables and Space Chimp (members of The Dreadnaughts & Fuzzcat) at The Rickshaw Theatre Sat. Dec 3, 2016. THE SLACKERS - Brooklyn's kings of ska are now celebrating 25 successful years of bringing the world joy, peace and protest in all their colours. Through it all the band has produced the greatest volume of albums of any ska/reggae band of the third wave era. Now fittingly they have a new self-titled album called "The Slackers" with more of that Slackers goodness fans across the world have grown to love.
Joining The Slackers on the bill for this special occassion will be Portland Oregon's 9 piece ska/soul juggernauts The Sentiments, Vancouver's The Valuables who are resurrecting the band again for this show and Space Chimp - one of Vancouver's newest ska/reggae creations comprised of members of The Dreadnaughts and Fuzzcat.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, September 6 on-line. Soon after to be on sale at Highlife, Red Cat, and Zulu Records.