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Event Archive - 5th Anniversary Victoria Ska Festival: STRANGEJAH COLE, King Django, Dr. Ring Ding, Eastern Standard Time, Califfo De Luxe, greg milka crowe

Sat. July 17th 2004 Victoria Curling Club Victoria BC (All Ages)
6pm - 2am
$25 advance/$28 door
This will be the grande finale show for VICTORIA'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY SKA FESTIVAL! We've never had a line-up like this in the festival's 5 year history so party and witness history in the making.

Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to present one of the forefathers of Ska and reggae: STRANGEJAH COLE. He will be backed by the Hoodwinks from Vancouver and other horn players from Victoria and Vancouver respectively (one of the members of the Hoochy Girls is in the backing band).

They will be playing a number of songs from his greatest hits album "Bangarang" - The Best of Strangejah Cole 1962 - 1972). Don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of ska and reggae's pioneers in an exclusive show to Victoria's 5th Anniversary Ska Festival.



- Don't miss this opportunity to see this group in motion from beginning to end doing a nice long set! You will hear Eastern Standard Time do their own material as well as dancehall toasters/singers DR. RING DING (Germany) & KING DJANGO (NY, NY) accompany and battle each other.

CALIFFO DE LUXE - (Venice, Italy)

This is the first North American appearance for Califfo de Luxe! They will be a bright addition to ska fest with their brand of ska and rocksteady - Italian style!


The V.I.S.A Records Ska Jazz Orchestra or (Van Isle Ska Artists) Ska Jazz Orchestra is a mixer of members from The Kiltlifters, The Bloodwarmers, The Hoochy Girls, Ten Too Late, Street Prophets Union & King Bong. Deep rooted with powerfully melodic horn arrangements the V.I.S.A Records Ska Jazz Orchestra will be playing a mixture of jazz standards, epic movie themes, old school favourites and originals. V.I.S.A Records Ska Jazz Orchestra showcases the talent and enthusiasm of Vancouver Island's ska scene in one big band! Their appearance at this year's anniversary edition of the festival will mark the first time so many of the Island's ska musicians join together as one. We can't wait!

GREG MILKA CROWE - (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

They've got a brand new album that boasts a variety of styles with a strong and positive message.


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WILBURN THEODORE COLE A.k.a. STRANGER COLE / STRANGEJAH COLE StrangeJah Cole (formerly Stranger Cole), an expressive singer/performer and prolific songwriter, is one of the chief architects of Reggae Music. A progeny of a musical family (his father Philip and Uncle Gilbert were guitarists), Cole had been singing and performing long before t... more info

King Django

KING DJANGO - BIOGRAPHY Drawing on diverse influences such as dancehall, ska, roots reggae, punk rock, classic rock, soul, swing, and American and Yiddish folk music, King Django is definitely a hard man to pin down. A seminal force in the East Coast scene, he has made his name as a singer, ragamuffin MC, songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist (tr... more info

Dr. Ring Ding (Ska / Dancehall Reggae)

Dr. Ring-Ding is a popular live performer, studio musician, arranger and producer in many different music genres such as Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Chanson, Hip Hop, Rumba-Soukouss and Punk, but, above all, in Reggae, Dancehall and Ska. Dr. Ring-Ding has performed live all over Europe and North America. He has appeared alongside many veterans of ... more info

Eastern Standard Time (Ska Jazz)

Eastern Standard Time Ska-jazz bands are the most demanding and least populated branch of today's ska family, but Eastern Standard Time is a band which should be getting more of their due for the expert rendition of instrumental roots ska. Having nurtured and performed a solid repertoire of tunes and grooves in America's capitol over the past fe... more info

Califfo De Luxe (SKA)

Califfo De Luxe Victoria's 5th Anniversary Ska Festival is proud to host Califfo de Luxe aka Veneto Ska Caberet Orchestra to the Victoria Curling Club grand finale festival bash on Saturday, July 17th/2004. The members of Califfo de Luxe are bound by a long-standing friendship. Born in 2001 and coming from Venice in the Northeastern region of It... more info

greg milka crowe

Back in the mid-1990s, Crowe founded Whole Lotta Milka, one the ska acts notorious for paving the way for the influx of artists being produced out of Winnipeg today. After contributing to Stomp Records' All Skanadian Club compilations in 1995 and 1996, Whole Lotta Milka put out their debut album, Got Milka? in 1996, before the then-two year old lab... more info