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STAX RECORDS GOES ROCKSTEADY featuring THE PHONOSONICS & THE TRUTH SOUNDSYSTEM - Booker T. Jones Pre-Party!: Phonosonics, The Truth Sound System @ Lucky Bar Feb 10 2016
STAX RECORDS GOES ROCKSTEADY featuring THE PHONOSONICS & THE TRUTH SOUNDSYSTEM - Booker T. Jones Pre-Party!
Lucky Bar
Wed. February 10th 9:30pm
$8 - $10 advance ($8 with Booker T. Jones ticket) [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
Did the thought ever cross your mind that early Jamaican rooted music such as rocksteady and reggae music was rooted in American soul and R&B? There are many cultural and musical reasons for this but for now our goal is just to highlight this fact and to see where it takes us.

Knowing the two are connected, with the anticipation of Stax Records' Booker T. Jones coming to Victoria and Vancouver Feb 12th and 13th, we thought why not celebrate his westcoast arrival with a Stax Records showcase with a little variation? - a rub a dub/rocksteady one that is.

This idea is not a new concept but it's a concept that should be brought to light as a reminder that there were a lot of Jamaican ex-pats that came to Canada and put their own twist on both popular and underground soul & funk artists from the US. This trend was well documented through the Jamaica to Toronto: Soul, Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974 project which included an album (created on Light in the Attic Records) and a 36 page document that talks about the movement. Kevin Plummer wrote an article just over 8 years ago called Toronto's Lost Soul & Reggae Stars Revisited which he states, "For these expatriate and immigrant artists, Jamaica lived on as a presence in their music. They fused Caribbean influences with soul and rhythm & blues." Later in the article he explains bands like The Cougars that mixed soul and rocksteady were in high demand on the club circuit in the mid to late 1960s in Toronto. Their version of the song "I Wish it Could Rain" by the Temptations epitomizes the way these Toronto musicians melded reggae and rocksteady rhythms with soul and funk to create a distinctive new sound. (Source: http://torontoist.com/2007/12/torontos_lost_s/)

For the purpose of this event it will be it will be Victoria's The Phonosonics that will perform your favourite Stax Records songs in a rocksteady/reggae style. The Truth Soundsystem (soul/rocksteady wax vault keepers and killer DJs) will guide us through the world of Stax Records on wax during interludes throughout the night.

The Phonosonics is lead by Spencer Cleave (formerly of Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra) who is the lead vocalist/guitar and sax player. He is supported by a solid rhythm section that includes Al Udell on bass, Jesse Manason on drums + Eric Leydon on keys and trumpet, and Katie Hegan on vocals.

http://www.phonosonics.ca

BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.G.\'s) - Black History Month Celebration - SOLD OUT: Booker T. Jones, Jesse Roper Band @ Alix Goolden Performance Hall Feb 12 2016
BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.G.'s) - Black History Month Celebration - SOLD OUT
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Fri. February 12th 7:30pm
$45+ (SOLD OUT) [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
Victoria BC Ska Society members, Board and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to experience BOOKER T. JONES - an act that represents such an important part of soul music history past and present. Booker T. Jones' work with Booker T & the M.G'S backing seminal artists such as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett who have influenced thousands of musicians and fans in the ska/rocksteady/reggae scene world-wide since the inception of ska and rocksteady genres in the early 1960s.

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.
While Booker T. Jones is most known for his lead role on the B3 organ in Booker T & the MGS he has continued to record with the whose who of contemporary soul, jazz, rock n' roll, hip hop and Latin based artists. In 2009 Booker T Jones was featured playing the B3 on Rancid's album Let the Dominoes Fall on the track "Up to No Good." In 2011 Booker T Jones recorded his ninth studio album titled The Road to Memphis on the ANTI record label. On the album he is backed by hip hop/jazz juggernauts The Roots. A fan favourite on the album played by Booker and the Roots is "Everything is Everything" written by Lauryn Hill. This album also features songs with Yimi Yames of My Morning Jacket; Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who sing a duet "Representing Memphis" and Lou Reed on the track "The Bronx."
His tenth and most recent album Sound the Alarm 2013 marked his much anticipated return to Stax Records. Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices.The album features guests appearances by Poncho Sanchez, Gary Clark Jr. Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and Vintage Trouble.

BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.G.\'s) - Black History Month Celebration: Booker T. Jones, Jesse Roper, Mud Funk  (featuring Tonye Aganaba) @ The Vogue Theatre Feb 13 2016
BOOKER T. JONES (of Booker T. & the M.G.'s) - Black History Month Celebration
The Vogue Theatre
Sat. February 13th 7:30pm
$45 early bird - $49.50 regular advance [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
Victoria BC Ska Society members, Board and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to experience BOOKER T. JONES - an act that represents such an important part of soul music history past and present. Booker T. Jones' work with Booker T & the M.G'S backing seminal artists such as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett who have influenced thousands of musicians and fans in the ska/rocksteady/reggae scene world-wide since the inception of ska and rocksteady genres in the early 1960s.

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.

While Booker T. Jones is most known for his lead role on the B3 organ in Booker T & the MGS he has continued to record with the whose who of contemporary soul, jazz, rock n' roll, hip hop and Latin based artists. In 2009 Booker T Jones was featured playing the B3 on Rancid's album Let the Dominoes Fall on the track "Up to No Good." In 2011 Booker T Jones recorded his ninth studio album titled The Road to Memphis on the ANTI record label. On the album he is backed by hip hop/jazz juggernauts The Roots. A fan favourite on the album played by Booker and the Roots is "Everything is Everything" written by Lauryn Hill. This album also features songs with Yimi Yames of My Morning Jacket; Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who sing a duet "Representing Memphis" and Lou Reed on the track "The Bronx."

His tenth and most recent album Sound the Alarm 2013 marked his much anticipated return to Stax Records. Sound the Alarm, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices.The album features guests appearances by Poncho Sanchez, Gary Clark Jr. Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and Vintage Trouble.

JESSE ROPER

Every day more excitement for Jesse Roper grows throughout Canada and beyond as his explosive live show that compliment the genuine qualitites of his music are discovered. Since his first critically acclaimed album release Son of John, Roper followed up with his much anticipated sophomore album Red Bird in early 2015. Since that release Roper has raised his profile to new heights. Before 2015 summer's festival season, he sold out The Imperial in Vancouver with colleagues Jon and Roy and Frankie. And when summer arrived he played on the Burnaby Roots and Blues Festivals supporting both Lee Fields and the Expressions and The Sheepdogs. Notably he was also a main act for Rock The Shores which featured The Black Keys and other popular bands.

Starting the guitar at six years old, Jesse soon mastered songs of heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin by ear. Battling with stage fright, he was thrown out onto the stage with sweaty palms and a queasy stomach, which was quickly overshadowed by the audience's overwhelmingly positive reaction. Since that time Jesse Roper has grown into the musician he is today. He appreciates legends before him such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, but his music remains current with the organic rawness of his vocals and guitar over shadowing any preconceived stereotypes made of blues musicians. His youthful energy captivates audiences while his knock out live performance blows them away.


MUD FUNK (featuring Tonye Aganaba)

Will Lloyd (guitar) and Adriana Parejas (lead vocals) have worked hard to stay true to their roots when composing for this multi talented 9 piece R&B soul big band. More musical creativity and leadership come courtesy of Paul Steppin Steffes (bass) and Chris Couto (drums) whose musical inspirations come from other successful Vancouver reggae and worldbeat groups such as Giraffe Aftermath and Kutapira. Kevin Lee (saxophone & keyboards) has a strong history in funk and soul which led him to tour Asia with his previous group Milk, and Kinta Maeda's Big Brass Sounds (trombone & trumpet). Gospel inspired harmonies warm up your soul with sweet backup vocals from Marina Lagace and Alison Mcclare.

Although Mud Funk are relatively new on the scene the experience and energy of their group is extensive. Mud Funk have played several sold out performances this year in Vancouver including the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival presented by Coastal Jazz Society.

Tonye Aganaba

Tonye Aganaba will be our special guest performing with Mud Funk on this most historic evening. Tonye is one of Canada's most promising R&B, hip hop soul performers performing on various large festivals, charity events and high profile concerts throughout North America. Tonye Aganaba performs frequently with her band Tonye Aganaba and the Foundation and also as "Magic T" in her hip hop, reggae R&B group The Red, Gold and Green Machine (LA/Vancouver). Tonye's infectious spirit and lush voice ooze with the undeniable essence of love, tenderness and togetherness, the very spirit which infects her favourite albums from childhood. As her family moved from one small town to the next, it was artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston who were her steadfast friends. They not only taught her how to sing and to move, but how to live creatively, and how to express herself honestly through the universal language of music.

THE WAILERS IN NANAIMO - REGGAE ON THE ISLAND (All Ages): The Wailers, Dope Soda, DJ All Good @ Beban Park Auditorium Mar 11 2016
THE WAILERS IN NANAIMO - REGGAE ON THE ISLAND (All Ages)
The Wailers, Dope Soda, DJ All Good
@  Beban Park Auditorium
Fri. March 11th 7pm
$29.50 - $32.50 [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
Nanaimo Reggae Massive and Victoria BC Ska Society are proud to present THE WAILERS for the first time in Nanaimo at Beban Park Auditorium on Friday, March 11, 2016. Bringing The Wailers to Nanaimo has been a long time in the making and we are so happy that we can offer this concert ALL AGES to the Island!

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10am.

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man”Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe.

Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable tours, playing to a fan base that continues to grow and expand as new generations of fans are exposed to the music.

THE WAILERS RETURN TO VICTORIA!: The Wailers, Ali and the Budz, DJ VERSE @ Distrikt Mar 13 2016
THE WAILERS RETURN TO VICTORIA!
The Wailers, Ali and the Budz, DJ VERSE
Distrikt
Sun. March 13th 8:00pm
$25 early bird/members/$29.50 regular advance [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to present the second of two Island shows with The Wailers - world reggae legends on Sun. March 13th at Distrikt Nightclub. The Wailers are returning to Victoria after their sold out performance a few years ago with reggae historian - Roger Steffens.

Tickets on sale Monday, November 9, 2016 at Lyle's Place, Strathcona Hotel, The Reef Restaurant, & ticketweb.ca

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man”Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe.

Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable tours, playing to a fan base that continues to grow and expand as new generations of fans are exposed to the music.


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