Born from the death of many local bands and named after a RX Bandits album The Resignators are known amongst locals as 'The Band From The Spencer Street Dunnies'.
While it may seem unusual for an Australian band to play ska (for the uninitiated, ska was the precursor to reggae) it is actually quite natural. It was Australians living in Jamaica in the early 1960’s, a band called the Caribs, that played on 90% of the first ska hits (largely un-credited as a studio house band at Ken Khoury’s Federal Studios and Coxone Dodd’s Studio One), and most early ska was engineered by Aussie Graeme Goodall, co-founder of Island Records!
The Resignators are mainly known as a ska band, but the band brings a wide variety of other influences to their music, as the members come from diverse backgrounds and decades. Band members run the gamut of innocence to experience with an astounding 40 year span between the oldest and youngest! It is appropriate that The Resignators sound is an amalgam of musical styles, because the original ska in Jamaica was also a mongrel mix – of jazz, rockabilly, and jump blues heard on US radio, combined with the native mento or calypso.
Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest XIX FREE WRAP-UP SHOW! @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sun. June 24th 2pm - 10pm Free
As is tradition, Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest XIX will close with a FREE Sunday show to finish off the party in style, as we welcome the whole of our community back for one last hurrah before we take a rest! This year, we close Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest with the long-awaited return of Canadian ska royalty, THE KINGPINS. It's been 15 years since these ska torchbearers have been on our stage and we can't wait to get skankin' and jumping with all of you to these old favourites. Joining the Kingpins all the way from the other side of the world, Australian ska-punkers and longtime friends of the Festival, THE RESIGNATORS, are set to light our main stage on fire with their rowdy, raucous ska tunes. With more than three years between visits, we thought it was about damned time we brought these certified badasses back to get us jumping and bouncing.
Along with the return of The Resignators, this Sunday brings the debut of PARAHYBA SKA JAZZ FOUNDATION. This phenomenally dynamic 7-member group is on a quest to meld their love of traditional Jamaican ska with a strong jazz aesthetic that allows for endless improvisational flow and creativity. Their shows are showcases of ska and reggae classics, played with colourful energy and a deep, abiding respect for the art of ska music. Another debut we couldn't be more excited about is the west coast debut of FREDY V. & THE FOUNDATION. This electric funk band is headed by the captivating and multi-talented Fredy V. This incredible group of musicians are coming from all around North America to bring the good funk to our Ska & Reggae fam.
FoOlish hailing from Montreal, Quebec will be playing on the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest for the first time. They are a power reggae and ska trio influenced by bands such as Sublime, The Skints, Raging Fyah, Sting and Steel Pulse to name a few bands.
And holding things down on the decks is our longtime friend, the incomparable REBEL SELECTOR. Head of Nanaimo Reggae Massive and one of the area's true Keepers of the Culture, you can be sure you're going to hear powerful afro-beat, hip-hop, dancehall and more, you've never heard before when Rebel Selector is laying the tracks. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
*VIP viewing area accessible for those with Jupiter VIP Fest Passes*