This show will be all ages w/bar service to those 19yrs+ Purchasing of advance tickets is strongly encouraged. They will be available shortly from Lyle's Place, Jupiter, The Reef, Vinyl Envy & ticketweb.ca
We are excited for the return of KOBO TOWN to our Island! Founded by Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town has brought their distinct calypso and dub inspired sound to festivals, clubs and theatres around the world. Kobo Town's music has been described as “a unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!) In other words just like calypso was used back in the day to be the social commentary of the people, the band does this in the same way with their music. It is also the songwriting of Gonsalves that captures this traditional feel and purpose.
Kobo Town has been a favourite at Victoria's Annual Ska & Reggae Festival since they closed the festival in the summer to a sold out crowd in 2014 at the Victoria Event Centre. Following that unforgettable debut the band returned to headline the festival's free Kick Off show at Ship Point Inner Harbour in 2015.
Guests of honour for the show will be Victoria's The New Groovement that are the Island's infamous eleven-piece funk machine that blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop into their sets. The band has the kind of energy that guarantees you don't want to sit down. Along with their good music and energy The New Groovement have played on all of the region's largest music festivals and special events including Victoria's Annual Ska & Reggae Festival.
Rounding out the bill is Cheko and the Lion Rockers from the Cowichan Valley. Mexico's Cheko (Sergio Soto) leads this group of veteran reggae rockers from Vancouver Island. Cheko & the Lion Rockers also played on Victoria's Ska & Reggae Festival this past summer at the Rocksteady Collective Multimedia Exhibition.
Kobo Town, founded in 2004, blends Canadian and Caribbean cultures through the contemporary reimagining of calypso music. Founder, Drew Gonsalves, grew up in Trinidad and moved to Ottawa when he was 13 with his Québécois mother. Caught between two worlds, Gonsalves turned to music and poetry, eventually creating Kobo Town with fellow Trini expats... more info
The New Groovement
The New Groovement is an eleven-piece funk machine that blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears. If James Brown and Run DMC had a love child this would be it. The band’s sound is as unique as it is versatile with its punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion. Combined with an ener... more info
Cheko & The Lion Rockers
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Cheko And The Lion Rockers, coming out of the Cowichan Valley are one of the West Coast’s strongest links to roots reggae and Rastafari culture. The band rocks a classic reggae sound, anchored by Chekos heartfelt, conscious lyrics. A native of Mexico City, Cheko infuses his ultra rootsy sound with the skank rhythms he discovered in the barrios of... more info