Victoria BC Ska Society & Cumberland Village Works are collaborating to present the return of Zvuloon Dub System from Tel Aviv, Israel. Zvuloon Dub System are returning to Canada after playing on the Victoria Ska Festival this past summer. Their tour then also landed them a spot on the world famous Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
Our Island's own Grossbuster will also be performing alongside ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM. Grossbuster mixes reggae, dub, hip hop and other bass sounds using both live instruments and electronics. He often appears with "Orilla" who accompanies him as an MC and singer on various tracks.
Tickets: $14.50 - $16.50 adv. Early bird tickets available now ($14.50) on ticketweb.ca. In store advance tickets available shortly at The Waverly Hotel, Lyle's Place, Area 51 (Duncan), Fascinating Rhythms (Nanaimo) & ticketweb.ca
Zvuloon Dub System emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic. The band's album "Anbessa Dub" has been given rave reviews all over the world since it was released earlier this year. BBC's David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan has nothing but praise for the band and gives them regular play on his world famous radio show. Roger Steffens - Founding Chairman of Reggae Grammy Committee says, "Zvuloon Dub System demonstrates conclusively why they are Israel's top reggae band, proving great roots music today finds some of its finest expressions outside its Jamaican homeland. Touching on many of the major themes of conscious reggae with authentic rhythms and tasty lead vocals, Zvuloon deserves a wide international audience."
Dope Soda hail from mid Island (Nanaimo BC) and are one of the most active hard working ska/reggae bands in the province. Formed in late 2011, Dope Soda present a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with membership in acts such as Current Swell, The Bananafish Dance Orchestra and The Kiltlifters.
The band is led by a three-piece horn section with roots in the highly-regarded Vancouver Island University Jazz Department, buoyed by a funky rhythm section that serves up sips of bubbling Hammonds and Wurlitzers, shots of distorted guitar, and heavy bass--in your face.
Dope Soda jumps back and forth between reggae jams, punk rock assaults, happy ska romps, and hiphop throwdowns--a thirst quencher for audiences who need good rhymes and good times.
Guests of honour for this joyous occassion include the 17 piece Victoria party ensemble The Leg Up Program and Nanaimo's latest reggae, jazz, funk party band Boomshack - comprised mostly of graduates from Vancouver Island University’s jazz program.
When you put all three bands together one after the other the sum of its parts equal a ton of fun.
Early bird tickets on sale now on ticketweb.ca $12 adv.
Full Festival Early Bird Pass is good for admission at all ticketed venues for Victoria Ska Festival 2015. Some restrictions may apply. Full Fest Pass holders must arrive to smaller festival venues on time to ensure admission as capacities are limited. While Victoria BC Ska Society will make every effort to accommodate Full Fest Pass holders, we cannot guarantee admission to smaller venues.
Victoria BC Ska Society is extremely proud to announce that HEPCAT is CONFIRMED for the first time on Victoria's Annual Ska Festival on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Ship Point Inner Harbour! The performance will be all ages with beverage gardens, concession etc. There will be no other Hepcat shows in Canada or the Northwest of the United States for this appearance. This is a Victoria Ska Fest exclusive so if you live anywhere north of California, East of Mile Zero or outside of North America please start making your summer plans to join us for this most historic life experience with HEPCAT.
MUSTARD PLUG NOW CONFIRMED: JANUARY 28, 2015
Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to announce that Mustard Plug now confirmed for Victoria Ska Festival on July 4, 2015 They will be playing at a smaller venue following Hepcat and other bands TBA at Ship Point Inner Harbour later at night. And we know you're happy about this one, but do us a favour: Whatever you do today... SAY IT WITH MUSTARD!!