Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis

The impossibly cuddly leader of New Brunswick's The Big Band of Fun, Stephen Lewis knows how to get a crowd moving crowds on all by his lonesome. Armed with an array of instruments and looping station, Lewis brings dance floors together with his high-energy, sun-shiny funk.

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Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun is a high energy loop based funk/hip hop band from New Brunswick, Canada. They are an international touring band who are very familiar with the music festival circuit. They have performed at festivals like Glastonbury (UK), Mountain Jam (NY),The Boomtown Fair (UK), Burning Man (NV) , Disc Jam Music Festival (NY), Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (CAN), Evolve Festival (CAN), and dozens of other festivals in Canada, The US, and The UK.

They have opened for and performed with artists like George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic, Turkuaz, Andy Frasco,The Floozies, TAUK, Chali2na,That1Guy, Dubfx, The Funk Hunters, and many others.

If you love a high energy, highly danceable, extremely engaging, and an unforgettable show then look no further. Get ready to sing, sweat, and dance with Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun!

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Distrikt
Thu. June 20th 10 - 2 doors at 9:30
$22.50 - $27 advance Ticket Info
We are so excited to welcome back one of Oregon's most ferocious bands, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. The band cemented their place in the collective musical memory of an entire generation as the head of the neo-swing revival of the late 90s with their album Zoot Suit Riot – which spawned the criminally catchy hit song of the same name. Born as a ska-punk band, Cherry Poppin' Daddies rode their success into a career that has seen them embrace their classier side, incorporating lots of 1950s jazz and Tin Pan Alley blues influences, playing it all with serious teeth and power. When it comes down it, the band is an Americana band – tying together many of the ends of the country's vast musical history: punk, swing, jazz, big-band, blues and rock 'n' roll, third-wave ska – turning into a cocktail all their own. It's been awhile since the Cherry Poppin' Daddies made it up this way and we're pumped they're finding their way back to help us celebrate Year 20!

To provide support and get the night started with serious funk we have both of Canada's coasts coming together to light a fire in Distrikt. Victoria's own 9-piece jungle-funk monster, APEX BREAKS. Featuring members of some of our favourite bands from around the city – Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, Zoubi & The Sea, Crude Cultura, to name a few – Apex Breaks puts on one of the most explosively fun live shows we've seen in a long time. When they got a packed Lucky Bar dancing and soaked with sweat last fall playing our show with Erica Dee, we knew right away that they needed to be on the Festival stage. And getting things started on the night is New Brunswick's multi-instrumentalist looping wizard STEPHEN LEWIS. A one-man funk phenomenon, Lewis' sets are little celebrations of joy, drinking deeply of the happiest grooves. We're so thrilled to be able to catch the leader of the Big Band of Fun for this special performance in the midst of one of the busiest touring seasons ever for he and his band. And last, but certainly not least, our good friend and renowned Man of Taste, TECSTYLEZ. The groovy homie will be kicking the speakers warm between sets with the finest in hip-hop, soul, funk and all associated sounds that people love dancing to.