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.
The Pietasters, SweetLeaf, Sexweather, The Funkee Wadd @ Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest 20! @ Capital Ballroom
To all the Ska & Reggae Fest Massive, far and wide! We have heard your cries and we agree – It's a crime that it's been seven whole years since The Pietasters – inarguably one of the most soulful ska bands North America has ever produced – has made the cross-continental trip from DC to Victoria. This 8-piece balances grace and power, softness and edge, like few other outfits can claim. There aren't many better ways to kill a Friday night than getting soulful with The Pietasters, and we've put together an incredible evening headlined by this phenomenal band featuring a couple of our Victoria favs.
We welcome back our dear friends, one of Victoria's most reliably fun and consistently rioutous sources of ska goodness, SWEETLEAF. Channeling the horn-laden sounds of ska revival powerhouses like Reel Big Fish and No Doubt, the six-piece (Half horns! Real horny!), SweetLeaf long ago established themselves as warriors in the battle to keep classic ska sounds alive and infusing them with new, funky energy. Getting the bands kicked off for the party is power-trio SEXWEATHER. If you haven't seen Sexweather before, you are in for a treat. And if you do know, you know better than to miss this band. Gruff, soulful, powerful – Sexweather could be playing straight punk rock one minute and hypnotic blues-based hip-hop (Or anything in between) the next. Truly unpredictable but always a thrill, Sexweather is one of Vic City's hidden gems. Last but certainly not least, our friend and resident expert in all things funky, FUNKEE WADD will be keeping the dancefloor on fire between sets with his expert bass-dealing skills, vast musical knowledge and taste.