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Event Archive - VICTORIA'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY SKA FESTIVAL KICK OFF CONCERT: The Debonaires, General Rudie, Westbound Train, Kiltlifters, Burning Rhythm Entertainment

Thu. July 15th 2004 Centennial Square Victoria BC (All Ages)
5pm - 10pm
This is going to be one of the best kept secrets of Victoria's 5th Anniversary Ska Festival for those that usually attend known ska names.


The Debonaires from Riverside, Calfornia have been playing awesome traditional up beat ska and reggae for over 9 years. Kip (also from LA's The Skeletones) add the perfect touch to these 9 pieces of wonder. The Debonaires will be perfect for those looking for a mix of soul, jazz, reggae, R&B, funk and traditional ska.


Westbound Train (Stubborn Records Recording Artists) have a revamped and determined 8 piece group that specialize in ska, R&B, soul, reggae and dancehall grooves. This band are known for their awesome harmonies and melodic flow. Obi Fernandez (lead singer) gives the band this touch. This band continues to get more and more noteriety as they play in city after city with nothing but rave reviews.

GENERAL RUDIE (Montreal, Canada)

General Rudie are back for their second time at Victoria's Annual Ska Festival since their last appearance back in 2002 with the Pietasters. General Rudie bring brand new material to the table and another member (a guitar player) adding to their already tight sound. General Rudie contrast both The Debonaires and Westbound Train in that they play extremely danceable high energy ska with pop, jazz and reggae influences.


Always an Island favourite! The Kiltlifters come with big hearts and new material to this year's 5th Anniversary Edition of Victoria Ska Festival. They will be playing tracks from their new CD "Serious George" as well as ones from older presses.


Enjoy the sites and sounds of Burning Rhythm Entertainment as they dazzle us with Glow Stick POI before the last band!

THIS SHOW CAN BE PURCHASED AS PART OF A DOUBLE PASS. LAST CHANCE TO GET DOUBLE PASSES FOR SKA FEST ARE THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2004 @ 4PM AT ALL LOCATIONS. DOUBLE PASSES ARE $35.00 and are good for admission into this show and the Victoria Curling Club on Saturday, July 17, 2004.

Ticket Locations are as follows:

Victoria: Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, A&B Sound, Jamaican Jerkhouse

Nanaimo: Fasinating Rhythms

Saltspring Island: Acoustic Planet


Highlife Records

Zulu Records

Scratch Records


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The Debonaires (Ska/Reggae/Jazz/Soul)

The Debonaires incorporate soul, jazz and funk while remaining ever faithful to the Jamaican sounds of ska, rocksteady and reggae music. Born out of Riverside, California in 1995, the nine musicians currently reside throughout the state. Built of a rough rhythm section, dynamic horn section, and vocalist, the Debonaires have shared the stage with r... more info

General Rudie (Ska)

With its roots planted firmly in traditional Jamaican ska, the basis of General Rudie’s sound is unmistakable. However, the band blends this knowledge of the music’s origins with its modern influences to produce a sound that is truly unique. General Rudie more info

Westbound Train

Westbound Train has been bringing their sweet sounding dance music to the masses since 2001. Their 2002 release,Searching for A Melody, has been described as soulful, flowing, and well rooted, with melodic and yearning lyrics combined with a beat that you can't help but move to. Though the winter of 2003 brought about a change in their lineup, West... more info

Kiltlifters (Van Isle ska/reggae/rock)

If you’ve forgotten how to party then take a crash course from these Nanaimo-based musical dervishes, who deliver a wacky version of west coast ska that has been accessorized with hilarious vocals, a four-man horn line, and a mandate to get the whole crowd going crazy. The band consists of drummer Brodie Ketelsen, vocalist/saxman Matthew Carter, ... more info

Burning Rhythm Entertainment (FIRE DANCERS &* GLOW STICK POI)

Burning Rhythm are talented firedancers that have been spinning fire and performing Glow Stick POI around the Island and the Lower Mainland at parties and festivals. more info