With varied musical backgrounds and a combined love of ska and reggae, the nine members of Brehdren bring in elements of jazz, indie pop and progressive rock to create their own unique flavour. Based around a crazy, energetic front man, the rhythm and horn section cover a range of ground, from extended jams to two-minute freak outs.
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Kickoff Show! @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 19th 4pm - 10pm Free
*This show is FREE, Fully licensed and all-ages!*
We're hitting the ground running for our 20th birthday with another packed FREE, all-ages show for our Ska & Reggae Massive. We wanted to get things started in seriously rhythmic style so we packed Night 1 with those good, good grooves – ska, reggae, hip-hop, soul and funk are all here to help us get our bodies moving and the blood flowing.
Headlining this kickoff extravaganza is UK ska rabble-rousers CHAINSKA BRASSIKA. This powerful 8-piece from London is at the forefront of a new generation of British ska and is regarded as one of the best live bands in the genre. Winners of the prestigious World Reggae Contest in Poland, despite being a straight-up ska band, Chainska Brassika has toured Europe and Jamaica and we figured it's about time they landed here on the west coast. Joining them for the party is Victoria's own THE LEG-UP PROGRAM. A true Victoria original, this 16-piece funk/soul/hip-hop behemoth is one of the city's most reliable sources of grooves and great musicianship. Fresh off the release of their debut album, you can bet that they're gonna be even more full of energy than usual.
Coming from Montreal is phenomenally talented singer and rapper, MERYEM SACI. A member of Montreal's hip-hop gurus Nomadic Massive, Saci's own music is a soulful celebration that mixes hip-hop, r&b, soul, afrobeat and reggae into a potent groove cocktail. Finally, the honour of kicking everything off this year as they take the stage first, is Vancouver 9-piece ska/reggae monster BREHDREN. After opening up for The Slackers in Vancouver this past winter, we pegged these cats as a group that needed to part of Year 20!