DOPE SODA, LOVECOAST & JPSON (South Africa) @ Lucky Bar
Friday, March 1 at Lucky Bar is set to be another one of those smaller intimate shows that bring together some of the Island's most talented with an international twist.
We are excited to bring Dope Soda and Lovecoast together for the first time with JPson from South Africa.
For those of you that are familiar with Dope Soda the band is a party in and of itself. Ska, reggae, hip hop, funk are just some of their favourite styles of music they bring to the party. Dope Soda brings energy to the stage which translates to energy on the dancefloor. They jumps back and forth between reggae jams, punk-rock assaults, happy ska romps, and hip-hop throw-downs– a thirst quencher for audiences who need good rhymes and good times.
Lovecoast has some of the same musical elements of Dope Soda (and some of the same members too ;) but they focus on more of a relaxed style that brings together modern pop with 70s R&B. Influenced by bands such as The Cat Empire, Billie Holiday and Bruce Springsteen the band's range is wide. But no matter the influence Lovecoast adds a modern twist that makes you want to listen to them more. Notably they were heavily involved in creating "Doubtless" which is a No Doubt Tribute band which played at Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest in June 2018.
JPson (South Africa) blends folk, hip hop, reggae to create his sound. His sound reflects his philosophies and lessons he's learned throughout his travels. No matter where he went his music was his strength.
THE PLANET SMASHERS' 25TH ANNIVERSARY ft. The Planet Smashers, Kman & the 45s & Safe Decisions! @ Capital Ballroom
Sat. June 1st 9:30pm - 2am doors at 8:30pm $17.50 - $19.50 advance
Victoria Ska and Reggae Society is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting The Planet Smashers' 25th Anniversary Concert here in Victoria BC on Sat. June 1 at Capital Ballroom. This is our official On the Road to Victoria's 20th Anniversary Concert!
The Planet Smashers have been a huge part of our scene from day one playing various shows and the festival several times. And they also have a new album coming soon to celebrate the occasion!
Joining The Planet Smashers will be Kman and The 45s from Montreal also on the Stomp Records label. Kman & the 45s played with us a couple of years ago opening for The Voodoo Glow Skulls. We are also thankful to reunite with Kman & the 45s after the sudden passing of their old drummer Brian Smith. It makes the show even more meaningful.
And rounding out the bill is our fam SAFE DECISIONS! They are becoming Victoria's most talented punk acts. With members of SweetLeaf, Safe Decisions bring heavy but melodic punk to the masses. The vocals are insane and they are family to our punk and ska scene.
Tickets $17.50 - $19.50 advance on sale Friday, February 1st at 9am on ticketweb.ca. Hard copies will follow at Lyle's Place, Vinyl Envy, Jupiter and Fascinating Rhythm