Listening to the abundant sounds of the Seattle-based funk & soul group, The
True Loves, is like walking down a favorite neighborhood street, slapping-five with
friends, checking up with clerks in their stores, admiring your own dark
sun-glassed face in their windows, ducking under flowerpots and smelling the
familiar smells of your most cherished locale. The band is its own block party.
What began in 2014 as a jam session between three of the city’s best - pocket-perfect drummer
David McGraw, intoxicating bassist Bryant Moore and otherworldly guitarist Jimmy James - has
since blossomed into a global force that now features percussionist Iván Galvez and four horn
players: trombonists Jason Cressey and Greg Kramer and saxophonists Gordon Brown and
Skerik. Together, the group’s live performances have garnered them much local acclaim and
millions of streams on YouTube.
In 2017, the True Loves recorded their debut instrumental LP, Famous Last Words, which
received citywide adoration and earned them spots at coveted festivals like Sasquatch, Doe Bay,
and Upstream. In 2018, the group released the “Dapper Derp/Kabuki” 45” on WeCoast Records
and in 2019 the famed Colemine Records released the “Famous Last Words/Mary Pop Poppins”
45.” And while the band nourishes audiences all over the country - from its start with former singer
Grace Love to their current eight-piece lineup - there’s still plenty to go around.
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Garden City Grooves VI Night 2 @ White Eagle Polish Hall
Night 2 of Garden City Grooves is going to be one of the most sonically diverse and relentlessly groovy nights Victoria is going to see in quite some time. One of the crown jewels of Pacific Northwest music scene, TRUE LOVES, make their Victoria debut! The seeds of this incredible band were planted at a 3-man jam session in Seattle in 2014 and the ensuing years have seen True Loves grow into a 8-piece behemoth and a true musical force. The bands live performances are the stuff of legend, garnering them millions of views on YouTube and appearances at festivals around North America. The band is its own block party, building temporary temples of rhythm for true groove-seekers to come get down and commune with the groove gods.
Coming up from California to join this party is BANG DATA, one of the Bay Area's hottest acts, making their Canadian debut! Like their home state, the band is built on Latin traditions but deeply hybrid in expression. Singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse and producer/instrumentalist Caipo build sonic worlds with their talent and deep knowledge of cumbia, hip-hop and rock. The band may be best known for their self-titled track “Bang Data” featured in the iconic fourth season of the hit show Breaking Bad. Bang Data's phenomenal energy and stage show have earned them spots on stage with the likes of Ozomatli, Panteon Rococo and Zion-I – to name but a few. Getting things started for this Friday night part is some of Victoria's finest hip-hop courtesy of the homie BRAINIAC. BRAINiac will be performing his phenomenal raps backed by his 4-piece band – pretty much a guarantee of hip-hop greatness. If you're not on the BRAINiac train yet, you better get on before he blows up. Don't sleep on this incredible night!
***This show is ALL AGES with beverage service for those 19+ with ID***
TRUE LOVES AND MNGWA IN CUMBERLAND BC! @ The Waverley Hotel
Sat. November 23rd 10pm $17.50 - $22 advancce
Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is proud to present a mixture of northern soul (True Loves) and Afro-cumbia (MNGWA) on Saturday, November 23 at The Waverley Hotel. Both of these bands are playing on Victoria's 6th Garden City Grooves concert series and we are excited to bring them up to the Comox Valley for an evening of world class music.
One of the crown jewels of Pacific Northwest music scene, the seeds of this incredible band were planted at a 3-man jam session in Seattle in 2014 and the ensuing years have seen True Loves grow into a 8-piece behemoth and a true musical force. The bands live performances are the stuff of legend, garnering them millions of views on YouTube and appearances at festivals around North America. The band is its own block party, building temporary temples of rhythm for true groove-seekers to come get down and commune with the groove gods.
Vancouver's groove-juggernaut MNGWA is coming across the Georgia Straight to lay down the funky-fresh sounds that define this incredible band. While the musical spirit of MNGWA is rooted in South American cumbia, their Vancouver home has allowed MNGWA ample opportunity to abMNGWAsorb influences from far and wide, blending hip-hop, dub, psychedelic rock and even surf rock into their ultra-unique sonic stew. Their undeniable talent and energy has helped get them on the radar of Latin music fans worldwide, and with members from across Europe, Mexico and Canada, the band is seemingly limitless in the variety of sounds it can build.