The Funkee Wadd
The Funkee Wadd, born of an extraordinary man deemed Montgomery, and an angelic being by the name Of Mary-Helen, he has come to the western coast of British Columbia to bring one thing, and one thing only, Bass. With a main focus on The Funk and Breaks, he is no stranger to elevating a dance floor with the likes of Jungle, Fist Pumping Electro, Sexy Jacking House, The Glitchiest of Glitch Hop and anything else that may cause a booty popping effect or head banging tendencies. After recently collaborating with Phil Lyons on lead guitar, and Doc Zoo and Danimal House of Extended Adolescence, a new group has been born. Illvis Freshly is bridging the gap between live and electronic music, bringing live guitar, harmonica and vocalists to the stage with hip-hop, funk, and future bass music. You can catch them in and around Victoria as well as with another project focusing on glitch hop with B-Mid(Bren Hall) called The Whackness. The Funkee Wadd has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many acts such as The Funk Hunters, Stickybuds, Mat The Alien, JFB, Westerly, Slynk, Funkanomics, SkiiTour, Mafia Kiss, and many, many other talented individuals. His last 3 mixtapes, Winter Solstice Mix, From Dawn to Dusk, and Symmetry, have all been featured on the Ghetto Funk website on Sammy Senior's Mixtape Dig. The Funkee Wadd and his golden(Steel) Harmonica are known for causing a dance floor to get all types of wiggly, and will always make sure you leave the dancefloor weak in the knees and fiending for more.
@ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
After nearly a decade, American ska legends THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES are finally making a triumphant return to the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest stage! One of the most recognizable and enduring acts of the North American ska movement, the Bosstones were instrumental in introducing legions of new fans to the sounds of ska, infusing the classic sound with high-octane punk and incredible ears for hooks. With their new album "While We're At It" re-energizing the group, the Bosstones are ready to get the music-lovers of Victoria jumpin' and skankin' once again. This is their only stop in Western Canada this year, so you better not miss your chance to see these icons in action once again!
Joining the Bosstones for this Saturday celebration is powerful WESTERN STANDARD TIME SKA ORCHESTRA. It's only been a couple of years since this incredible band blew away a packed crowd at Ship Point with their unstoppable wall of horns playing some of the greatest ska music of all time. Also making the trip up from California are reggae superstars FORTUNATE YOUTH. For nearly a decade these laid-back reggae troubadours have been touring relentlessly, establishing themselves as one of North America's most reliably entertaining reggae bands. Highlighted by the phenomenal voice of lead singer Dan Kelly, a Fortunate Youth set is going to help you chill out and get irie while making you gasp with their insane level of musicianship as the band trades instruments and roles like nobody's business.
Also making their return to the Festival stage are Victoria ska legends THE HILLSIDE HOOLIGANS! Fresh off their incredible return at our St. Paddy's Day Throwdown, the Hooligans are re-energized and refocused after some needed time out of the spotlight. We're so proud to have these longtime festival friends and family on this massive bill for all our true Ska lovers! Holding things down between sets is one of Victoria's most reputable party-rockers and haver-of-incredible-taste THE FUNKEE WADD. Armed with a seemingly endless arsenal of funk, reggae, glitch-hop originals and remixes of eternal classics, your party life is in good hands when the Wadd is behind the decks.